Oh how enjoy a bit of Beck on The Killing Times. The titular detective series – based on the novels by Scandi legends, Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö – is coming back for four new episodes in 2018, the first one airing in Sweden on New Year’s Day. Full details after the jumperoo.
And the Nordic Noirs just keep on coming. Good. We haven’t seen too much out of Iceland since Trapped and Case, although series two of Trapped – the winner of our Crime Drama Of The Year last year – is filming at the moment. Now news reaches us of a new crime drama show, co-produced by Sagafilms and Reykjavik Films, which should be with us next year. Here’s hoping…
This year we saw a few Finnish series, which was most welcome, and now it looks like we may get another one in 2018. Arctic Circle – a 10-part series – is set to start filming on 27th November and is a co-production between by Finland’s Yellow Film & TV and Germany’s Bavaria Fiction, the first between the two countries.
January 2018 is shaping up to be quite a month for crime drama fans – not only will we have a phalanx of returning British shows like Death In Paradise and Midsomer Murders, but also the return of The Bridge for its final series. Now there’s something else – or at least in Sweden – because Leif GW Persson’s novel, The Dying Detective, is coming to Swedish TV screens in the early part of the month.
Last week’s series two opener of Jordskott – the bonkers Swedish crime drama with supernatural overtones – gave us something darker and more disturbing in tone: we saw a zombiefied man emerge from the lake in Stockholm and some sort of human trafficking ring at work. In the middle of it all was Moa Gammel’s Eva Thörnblad, trying to make sense of it all. She wasn’t the only one.
Last year;s first series of Modus was… well, you can read the reviews to what we thought about it (here). But the news that series two of the Swedish crime drama had drafted in big names like Kim Cattrall, Greg Wise and Bill Campbell but us all sit up and take notice. The series is set to start in Sweden next Thursday (2nd November) on CMore, and materials have been released ahead of its transmission.
We all know that anything from Scandinavia is well worth a watch, and the so-called Nordic Noirs just keep on coming (Case, Midnight Sun, Dicte, Mammon 2, Black Lake and more this year). We’ll be getting the final instalment of The Bridge early in 2018, and the look-out is on to see who will fill Saga Norén’s shoes. How about Danish author, Sara Blædel’s Louise Rick? Blædel (pictured) has written over half a dozen novels featuring her popular protagonist, and now we hear out of MIPCOM that she’ll be coming to a TV screen soon.