We’re almost drowning in crime drama at the moment, but the wheels just keep on turning. We receive news from Sweden that Jens Lapidus – one of the new wave of Scandinavian crime writers – is to have his trilogy adapted for television by the same production company that brought us The Bridge.
NB: SPOILERS INSIDE
And so we head back up north to Kiruna, in Sweden, for another Scandi treat of a crime drama series, starring the preternaturally striking Ida Engvoll as a hotshot lawyer in a new adaptation of Åsa Larsson’s novels. Interestingly, it’s not the first time Larsson’s Rebecka Martinsson series has been on our screens: Isabella Scorupco played Martinsson in a 2007 film called Solstorm, which was much more faithful to the original book. In this adaptation, things seem to have changed – out go some of the bloodier elements of the original, and in comes some ‘softer’ plot devices. Which may actually be a good thing.
Global streaming behemoth, Netflix, has been looking outside the US for inspiration recently, signing up series like Bordertown (from Finland) and Lava Field (from Iceland) to add to its enormous catalogue. It has also commissioned its very own series from countries like Poland and Denmark, and now it has released news that it’s about to produce its very first Swedish-language drama series. And, wouldn’t you know it… it’s a thriller.
Innan vi dör (Before We Die) is the new big crime series on Swedish public service channel SVT. Of course, it’s not a given that every Scandinavian crime series will be exported to the UK, but as this one is showing a good amount of potential after two episodes, let’s have a look at what’s on offer.
While watching the pretty average Deep Water last night on BBC4, the channel, on between the double-billed episodes, played out a trailer for Modus, the highly-anticipated Swedish crime drama starting in a couple of weeks. I wanted to post that trailer here, but couldn’t find it. Instead, here’s a better one, from distributor Freemantle. Looks good, no? Have a watch after the jump.
I’m aware this site wouldn’t normally do something like this (extensively preview a show that hasn’t been signed by a UK broadcaster) but Midnight Sun sounds so intriguing and could be the next big Nordic thing. With all that in mind and being a resident in Sweden, I wanted to at least see what it was like and give you an idea of it. Midnight Sun (Midnattssol) started in Sweden at the weekend and it got off to a promising start. I do think this will be picked up by some channel in the UK, so here are my first impressions…
It’s always good to keep abreast of what’s happening in the world of Scandinavian and Nordic crime drama – it’s just so damn popular over here in the UK – and networks are forever searching for that next big hit. This year it was Trapped, that fantastic Icelandic drama that really helped to put the island on the televisual map and, just perhaps, kick-start a new industry. Next year? It’s always hard to tell, but there’s one Swedish/French crime drama that has been doing the rounds at MIPCOM and debuts in its native Sweden this weekend that might just be your next Scandi fix.