Review: Rebecka Martinsson: Arctic Murders (S1 E1/7), Friday 19th January, More4

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And so we head back up north to Kiruna, in Sweden, for another Scandi treat of a crime drama series, starring the preternaturally striking Ida Engvoll as a hotshot lawyer in a new adaptation of Åsa Larsson’s novels. Interestingly, it’s not the first time Larsson’s Rebecka Martinsson series has been on our screens: Isabella Scorupco played Martinsson in a 2007 film called Solstorm, which was much more faithful to the original book. In this adaptation, things seem to have changed – out go some of the bloodier elements of the original, and in comes some ‘softer’ plot devices. Which may actually be a good thing. Continue reading

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Love & Order wins big at Finnish Venla Awards

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As long-term readers of this site will know, we always like to keep an eye on what’s happening in Scandinavia and the Nordic countries because they tend to produce outstanding crime drama. We all know about Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and, to some extent Norway, but Finland (I have a soft spot for Finland) has somewhat lagged behind, even with the advent of the enjoyable Bordertown. The country recently held its TV awards recently, with one series – a crime drama, no less – cleaning up. Continue reading

Review: Before We Die (S1 E1/10), Tuesday 16th January, Channel 4

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Sweden’s answer to Sons Of Anarchy (according to Channel 4) finally reaches our shores after it’s debut airing around this time last year in its native homeland. Before We Die (Innan vi dör ) centres on Stockholm detective Hanna Svensson as she tries to uncover the truth behind the abduction of her colleague during his investigation of two motorcycle gangs at war in the city. Our very own Charlotte gave it her seal of approval in a preview of the series last year (read that here), and so I was excited to don my leather jacket and finally get to grips with the show after so long. Continue reading

Channel 4 confirms Before We Die transmission date

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In the onslaught of new shows and transmission dates for the early part of January, this one almost slipped through the net. Almost. The other day, Our Charlotte brought us news that Swedish series, Before We Die, had been acquired by Walter Presents (the story’s here). But wait. News now reaches us that the Swedish thriller will launch and transmit in full on Channel 4 but will also, for the first time, be simultaneously available to view on demand in its entirety on All 4. Continue reading

Walter Presents Acquires Swedish Series Before We Die And Rebecka Martinsson

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So, Paul is on a well-deserved holiday, but I say we can still have a bit of good news in his absence. [Ed’s note: he’s back now and raring to go for the Christmas period] Channel 4 has acquired two new Swedish crime series for its world drama section Walter Presents, Before We Die (Innan vi dör) and Rebecka Martinsson. The first one will appear sometime within the first quarter of 2018, for the latter it’s unclear when. Continue reading

Icelandic crime drama The Flatey Enigma coming in 2018

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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… Continue reading