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.
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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.
Global streaming behemoth, Netflix, has been looking outside the US for inspiration recently, signing up series like Bordertown (from Finland) and Lava Field (from Iceland) to add to its enormous catalogue. It has also commissioned its very own series from countries like Poland and Denmark, and now it has released news that it’s about to produce its very first Swedish-language drama series. And, wouldn’t you know it… it’s a thriller.
“I think the whole mission here on Earth is to accept what you have, and my journey was to accept my own life and not pretend anything else. I think that’s what we all struggle with.”
Danish series Dicte might have stretched the bounds of credibility on numerous occasions, but it did feature a character that bucked the trend in so-called Nordic Noir – crime reporter Dicte Svendsen was messy, sociable, funny and hung out with a group of female friends that made you laugh and snort and feel for them. She was hugely likeable, as was Iben Hjejle, who played her. So it’s great news that series two is looming large on the horizon, and Channel 4 has now confirmed its transmission date.
Modus, which premiered in the UK just before Christmas 2016, was a good-looking if underwhelming Swedish thriller that investigated the links between a Christian religious fundamentalist group in the US and a nutjob lone operative causing death and destruction in Sweden. Series two is just around the corner, and on top of Kim Cattrell’s addition to the cast (she’s playing the US president), two more American actors have joined the cast.