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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.