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

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…

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

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…

Review : Before We Die (S1 E7/10), Tuesday 27th February, Channel 4

NB Spoilers Inside The net is closing in on Christian this week in Before We Die, as Operation Krajina stalls whilst both the Mimicas and Organised Crime Unit begin to close in on their respective spies. Will the luckiest dishwasher in Sweden be able to get away with his life – and the girl?

Review : Before We Die (S1 E6/10), Tuesday 20th February, Channel 4

NB Spoilers Inside Now Inez’s identity is known to Hanna (finally!), it felt like Before We Die kicked up a gear this week as the varying strands of the investigation came together and threatened to break apart the Organised Crime Unit, whilst elsewhere Davor has the date from hell.

Review : Before We Die (S1 E5/10), Tuesday 13th February, Channel 4

NB Spoilers Inside We reach the halfway point in the first season of Before We Die this week, and with Christian’s actions in the previous episode threatening to destabilize the investigation into Operation Krajina, the race is on to uncover the true scale of the Mimicas plan to take over Sweden’s criminal underworld.

Review: Modus (S1 E5&6/8), Saturday 10th December, BBC4

So far, Modus has been a slow, pot-boiler of a thriller. We’ve followed various narrative strands (very Scandi Noir) drift hither and thither and followed a chisel-jawed, ex-US Marine, Richard Forrester, as he’s been bumping off homosexuals in Stockholm. 

Review: Modus (S1 E1&2/8), Saturday 26th November, BBC4

BBC4 – that great beacon of Saturday-night, foreign-language drama – has been in a bit of limbo for the past month or so. As the seasons have turned and we’re now ensconced into something darker and colder, the channel has recently broadcast Australian dramas The Code and Dark Water. Fair enough, but they just didn’t…

ITV Encore picks up Swedish drama Ängleby; confirms transmission date

We all know that we can’t get enough Scandi stuff, and it has been a while since we saw something from the Nordic region (not counting Netflix’s Iceland-set drama The Lava Field (review here), so it’s very welcome news that ITV Encore (who broadcast Jordskott last year) has picked up Swedish crime drama, Ängleby. And now…

Review: Dicte (S1 E1/5), Friday 3rd June, More4

So here we are back in Scandinavia. It feels like a while since we’ve been in Denmark (well, not that long actually… we were there for February’s Follow The Money on BBC4), but this new five-part drama (for UK broadcast it has been re-packaged into five feature-length episodes instead of the 10 stand-alones that appeared in…

New Scandinavian crime dramas picked up for US remakes

We all know that anything that comes out of Scandinavia, especially crime drama, will not only be snapped up by British channels almost instantly but watched with extreme glee by plenty of Scandi fans. We’re always interested in new dramas from those northern European countries, so this story ticks some boxes. But it also showcases the…

Review: Jordskott (S1 E6/10), Wednesday 15th July, ITV Encore

We’re into the home straight now with this bonkers, sometimes brilliant, sometimes unintentionally hilarious Swedish thriller and I’m certainly none the wiser as to what’s going on. Which, in all seriousness, is a testament to how good the plotting is. It’s kept me interested without revealing too much – you never quite know how this is…