Hans Rosenfeldt: Saga should have died in series one

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You don’t have to tell us, but series four of The Bridge has been a long time coming. Far too long a time coming. In fact, a ridiculous amount of time to wait. This fourth and final series of the crime drama heavyweight has been and gone on the mainland, so we are playing catch-up. But… here we go. During a launch at London’s BFI, the cast – including Sofia Helin and Thure Lindhardt, as well as writers Hans Rosenfeldt and Camilla Ahlgren – were in attendance for a Q&A after a screening of the first episode. And there was some really interesting nuggets from the evening. Continue reading

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Before We Die recommissioned for second series

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Good news. Barely had the first series of Before We Die finished on Channel 4, confirmation has come from Sweden that a second series has been greenlit and work on it has begun. It has been a year since the first series ended in Sweden so there has been some anticipation for this piece of news. Continue reading

Finnish crime series, Deadwind, takes country by storm

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We always like to keep an eye out across the Scandinavian and Nordic countries for the potential next big crime hits, and news reaches us of a new Finnish series called Deadwind that has been a huge success in its own country. More news after the jump… Continue reading

Review : Before We Die (S1 E9/10), Tuesday 20th March, Channel 4

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Returning after a little break thanks to the Winter Paralympics, Before We Die returned this week to bring us the penultimate episode in the season. Revelations well and truly abound, loyalties are tested to the limit, plotlines make absolutely no sense, characters are double then triple-crossed and somewhere on the Baltic Sea there is a submarine filled with heroin chugging toward Sweden that’s going to cause everybody a headache.

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Review: Below The Surface (S1 E3&4/8), Saturday 17th March, BBC Four

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Danish thriller, Below The Surface, started off well last week, as you would expect from a series that has been created by the person behind Dicte, and executively produced by the writers of The Killing and Borgen. On the, ahem, surface it was full of familiar stuff from every hostage drama you’ve ever seen, but this is Scandi Noir, and nothing is ever as it seems.  Continue reading

Review : Before We Die (S1 E8/10), Tuesday 6th March, Channel 4

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It’s easy for me to forget, but I’ve been reviewing Before We Die since early January this year, and though the labyrinthine crime drama might be slowly drawing to it’s eventual conclusion, it certainly doesn’t feel like it’s in a hurry to do so. Stretched across ten episodes, it’s glacial pace has been the show’s major drawback since it began, and whilst slow-burning narratives can be an enrichment to a story’s characters when they are being properly developed, it never seems that anybody actually learns anything about themselves on this show for the betterment of the story or the audience – not least of all the hugely frustrating key pairing of Christian and his mum from hell, Hanna.

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