Sara Blædel’s Louise Rick novels optioned by Canadian production company

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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. Continue reading

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BBC Four acquires Danish thriller Below The Surface

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Out of all the new thrillers waiting in the wings, Below The Surface has the most intrigue and is the most anticipated. It has a fantastic pedigree behind the camera – The Killing’s Søren Sveistrup and Borgen’s Adam Price have joined forces with Meta Louise Foldager Sorensen (A Royal Affair) as executive producers, and enlisted Kasper Barfoed (Dicte, Those Who Kill and Summer Of ’92), to form a Danish dream team. Now we hear that the eight-part crime series now has a UK home: BBC Four.

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ITV confirms transmission date for Jordskott II

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I was asked to keep schtum about the return of series two of bonkers Swedish crime drama, Jordskott, by ITV when I was putting together our big autumn preview, because the network hadn’t fully dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s. But now the network has announced when the eight-part series coming back, and it’s very soon indeed. Continue reading

Review: Black Lake (S1 E7&8/8), Saturday 7th October, BBC Four

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NB: SPOILERS INSIDE

Over the course of six episodes, Black Lake (or Svartsjön) has weaved its not-so-merry way through a storyline underpinned by the search for the truth of what happened at the lodge during the experiments of the post-war years, obstructed by some potentially paranormal goings on. It has weaved this way and that, backing up the suggestion that there are ghosts in the hotel with quickly followed-up, rational explanations. So what was it to be? Ghosts or no ghosts? Continue reading

Plotlines revealed for series four of The Bridge

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Even though we’re still a few months away from the end of 2017 and the start of 2018, we’re already counting down the days until the fourth and final series of The Bridge appears on our screen. We know bits and pieces about it thanks to a brilliant trailer we showed a few months ago, but know more. A lot, lot more. Beware: the details we’re going to publish after the jump contain a good amount of detail. Continue reading

Series two of Black Lake will be prequel

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Swedish series Black Lake (or Svartsjön) has engaged a lot of you out there, its paranormal/horror elements meshing nicely with a whodunit of sorts. We’re going to get the final two episodes of the first series on BBC Four on Saturday night, where Hanne, Mette, Johan and co will finally find out what the secrets of the Black Lake ski lodge are. Back in August Swedish TV channel, TV3, confirmed that a second series is in the works. We now know what it will be about. Continue reading

Review: Black Lake (S1 E5&6/8), Saturday 30th September, BBC Four

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NB: SPOILERS INSIDE

We’re into the back end of this Swedish/Danish-language horror/thriller, and one of the things it’s doing well is to present us with a possibility of paranormal activity on the one hand, but then also give a potentially rational explanation to all the goings-on. Is Hanne really sensitive to ghosts or is she just still traumatised by the death of her younger brother? Was Jessan really possessed by an evil spirit or was she experiencing a psychotic episode, one of many she has experienced in her short life? Are the inhabitants of the lodge being terrorised by ghosts or, in fact, by two brothers who want them out? It’s this balance that has made Black Lake fun to watch so far. Continue reading