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

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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

Leif GW Persson’s The Dying Detective to hit Swedish TV screens in January

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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. Continue reading

Review: Jordskott (S2 E2/8), Thursday 26th October, ITV Encore

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Last week’s series two opener of Jordskott – the bonkers Swedish crime drama with supernatural overtones – gave us something darker and more disturbing in tone: we saw a zombiefied man emerge from the lake in Stockholm and some sort of human trafficking ring at work. In the middle of it all was Moa Gammel’s Eva Thörnblad, trying to make sense of it all. She wasn’t the only one. Continue reading

First Look: Modus series 2

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Last year;s first series of Modus was… well, you can read the reviews to what we thought about it (here). But the news that series two of the Swedish crime drama had drafted in big names like Kim Cattrall, Greg Wise and Bill Campbell but us all sit up and take notice. The series is set to start in Sweden next Thursday (2nd November) on CMore, and materials have been released ahead of its transmission. Continue reading

Review: Black Lake (S1 E5&6/8), Saturday 30th September, BBC Four

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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. Continue reading

Review: Black Lake (S1 E1&2/8), Saturday 16th September, BBC Four

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Ah, the comforting tones of the Swedish language on an autumn Saturday night. We’ve had umpteen Scandinavian crime dramas in the 9pm slot on BBC Four in the past, and, as the nights are drawing in, we’re once again transported to a snowy, barren, beautiful land, way up in the north of Sweden on the border with Norway. And this feels immensely comforting to me – the landscape, the language, the furniture (my god, the furniture) and that unique way so-called Nordic Noir has with characterisation and story. Blake Lake (Svartsjön), however, is no procedural – we’ve heard that BBC Four, in particular, was on the lookout for something a bit different from the usual Nordic Noir, and Black Lake certainly does provide that. Continue reading