Fortitude – coming in January

The trailer for Sky’s Nordic Noir crime drama Fortitude has started airing and it has been announced that the show will be on Sky Atlantic in January.

The cast is stellar, led by Christopher Ecclestone and Sofie Grabol with support from Stanley Tucci and Michael Gambon and the locations and production look like they are stunning. It seems like it will be a quality programme and definitely intriguing. I do worry that the bizarre and confusing mixture of local language and and English might grate (Kenneth Branagh’s Wallander still makes no sense in that regard) but I’m looking forward to this highlight among the darkness post-Christmas.

More at the Sky website: http://www.sky.com/tv/show/fortitude

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Crimes of Passion

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Crimes of Passion starts tonight on BBC Four.

After seemingly months of promos, Crimes of Passion will finally air this evening. It looks super stylish and fun (on Wikipedia there is the comment “Mad Men meets The Killing”.. Hmmm) and it will be good to see Stefan from Wallander back on screen.

Are you looking forward to Crimes of Passion? Have you read Maria Lang’s novels?

More on the BBC Four series website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01zzhn4


Annika Stranded

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Even Radio 4’s in on the Nordic Noir act, with its own crime serial set in Oslo.

I am a bit late to the party on this one as it is currently in the middle of Series 2. From what I heard today it is quite intriguing, this week’s case involving a woman impaled by a falling icicle in an Oslo Street on a winter’s night.

When it began, I couldn’t tell if it was a documentary about a Brit living in Oslo, a ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ piece or a drama.

I find Scandi-set shows in English somewhat confusing – hence my dislike of the Branagh Wallander – but I might try and catch up on this one on iPlayer.

Annika Stranded
Have you been listening to Annika Stranded? What do you think of it?


Goodbye, Kurt

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Tonight, Krister Henrikson’s final Wallander episode airs on BBC 4. After 3 series over 8 years, it’s time to say “hej då” to our favourite Skånsk polis.

Krister is interviewed in the Guardian about his departure from the show, you can read it here: http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/jun/20/krister-henriksson-on-leaving-wallander

Krister is far and away my favourite Kurt Wallander. I respect Rolf and Kenneth as actors but didn’t feel they were a great fit for the role of a disgruntled and dishevelled provincial policeman. I prefer these films even to the source material, though I’m not not sure how popular that opinions is..

Hej hej Kurt, we’ll miss you from our TVs!

(However, many episodes are now available on UK Netflix if you want to relive some of the good old days)

Let me know what you think of tonight’s episode in the comments.

Wallander -The Sad Bird airs tonight at 9pm and will be available on BBC iPlayer after that.


The Killings of Copenhagen

Midsomer Murders cast in Copenhagen

 

Tonight Scandinavia’s favourite cosy British crime show visits the setting of one of Britain’s favourite dark Scandinavian crime series.

ITV and DR have teamed up to create the special and the episode involves a biscuit factory, mysterious deaths (of course) and a trip to Copenhagen, which means guest stars from The Killing and Borgen.

Midsomer Murders presents ‘The Killings of Copenhagen’ tonight at 8pm on ITV1.

Read more at the Radio Times website: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2014-02-12/midsomer-murders-100th-episode-exploring-the-copenhagen-setting

Will you be watching?

 


Fortitude

I’ve just read that Sky Atlantic is carrying on with its Nordic Noir inspired programming and is making a murder mystery set within the Arctic Circle region of Iceland, which will be called Fortitude.

Sofie Grabol as Sarah Lund in The Killing

The cast will include The Killing‘s Sofie Gråbøl as a politician, alongside Christopher Ecclestone, Michael Gambon, Stanley Tucci and other impressive names.

I am interested to see how Sky will make the programme set in Iceland with no Icelandic cast members…or perhaps they just haven’t been announced yet. In any case I hope it makes slightly more sense than the BBC’s version of Wallander (I just couldn’t get past the weird language situation, give me subtitles any day!) and I am very curious. And will Sofie get another iconic jumper to add to her wardrobe?

Read the Radio Times story here: Christopher Eccleston, Sofie Grabol and Michael Gambon cast in Sky’s Arctic Circle drama Fortitude

The production company Tiger Aspect has more details of the plot and describes the 13 x 1 hour episode series as ‘Sky’s most ambitious drama to date’. Fortitude at Tiger Aspect

Are you looking forward to Fortitude? What do you make of UK versions of Scandi crime thrillers?


The Tunnel

The Tunnel - Elise and Karl

Are you watching The Tunnel on Sky Atlantic?

A body is found on the border of England and France in the Eurotunnel, here replacing Denmark, Sweden and Öresundsbron in the Scandinavian original.

The first episode seemed like a (slightly unnecessary) remake of the original. Elise was SO Saga, even up to getting changed in the police office, and Karl had had the same delicate operation as Martin. It will be interesting to see how closely it sticks to the original as the series progresses and how the different national traits and characters will be brought out.  Lars Blomgren, executive producer on The Bridge, said that “In The Tunnel the differences in the two languages adds a lot of humour to this series.” So it seems like there could be a different dynamic emerging in the detectives’ relationship.

There is a Scandi flair to the production – muted colours, minimalist interior design, the Nordic Noir macabre details and in this way it is a nice homage to the original.

Lars Blomgren also said, “I think it’s like watching a good theatre play several times in different versions, if you like the story, this is a new take on the story. I think audiences will like it, even if they’ve seen the original.”

The Bridge - Saga and Martin

Sky – 10 reasons to watch The Tunnel

Adapting The Tunnel – Interview with Lars Blomgren

The Tunnel is on Sky Atlantic on Wednesdays at 9pm.

Are you watching? Who do you prefer – Saga and Martin or Elise and Karl?

Picture credits

The Tunnel – http://tv.sky.com/#/programme/detail/4053/1070

Bron – http://www.svt.se/bron/kan-du-inte-fa-nog-av-saga-och-martin