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

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Review: Modus (S2 E7&8/8), Saturday 3rd March, BBC Four

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So here we are, then. Another sub-standard and frankly ridiculous series of Modus is (almost) in the books. I say that with (almost) a heavy heart because I do like the characters of Inger Johanne Vik and Ingvar Nyman; it’s just a shame that they’re involved in such convoluted, cheesy and overwrought nonsense. Still, we do have a finale to process, so let’s get to it. Continue reading

Review: Rebecka Martinsson (S1 E7/7), Friday 2nd March, More4

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And so it came to this. The series finale of Rebecka Martinsson had a bit of everything: drama, humour, heartbreak and even a Lassie moment. It’s been that kind of show and, despite all the potentially silly bits, this has been an immensely watchable series, and the finale lived up to that billing. Continue reading

Review: Rebecka Martinsson: Arctic Murders (S1 E6/7), Friday 23rd February, More4

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We’re almost at an end of the first series of Rebecka Martinsson, and I have to say I’ve enjoyed it. The stories have been engaging and the scenery up in the north of Sweden has been nothing short of breathtaking. Rebecka Martinsson herself, while no Saga Norén or Sarah Lund, has been a very watchable lead character, although a touch on the benign side. So it’s time for the first part of the last two-part story, and we found ourselves in summertime in and around Kiruna. Continue reading

Review: Modus (S2 E3&4/8), Saturday 17th February, BBC Four

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Last week, the second series of Modus began with quite the opening gambit – the POTUS, Helen Tyler (Kim Cattrall), was abducted during her first state visit to Sweden. This flung Ingvar and Inger-Johanna into action, but as far as concepts go it was fairly high up on the ladder. This, as many pointed out, presented a horrid juxtaposition with the series that preceded it on BBC Four: comparing Spiral to Modus is like comparing a Michelin-starred meal to a thin gruel. Still, this is where we are and, I have to say, for all its preposterousness I’m not hating it. I’m not loving it, but it’s not entirely awful. Continue reading

Review: Rebecka Martinsson: Arctic Murders (S1 E5/7), Friday 16th February

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Last week’s opening installment of the third two-part story in this series saw Rebecka thrust back into life up in the north of Sweden, this time getting involved in the murder of Wilma Persson and her partner Simon, who had been sabotaged while diving in a lake in Vittangijärvi. And what was under the lake? A Nazi aeroplane, buried under the ice all these years. So we had murders, Nazis, and, in this episode, moonshine and saunas and all sorts. What wasn’t to like? Continue reading

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

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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.

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