Arvingerne

Coming soon to Sky Arts – The Legacy!

A family drama from the makers of The Killing and Borgen, The Legacy charts the death of an acclaimed artist and her children’s relationships as they await what is going to be revealed in her will.

This sounds like a gripping series (well if it’s from the people who brought us The Killing..) and I was also interested to read it touches on the 68ers and the radical ideas of that generation and how that has affected the four children.

The Legacy starts on Sky Arts on 26th November

See the Sky Arts trailer and read lots more on the new series at the links below:

http://www.sky.com/tv/show/the-legacy/video/trailer

http://www.sky.com/tv/show/the-legacy

http://blogs.denmark.dk/diane/2014/01/08/arvingerne-the-legacy/

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2013/dec/06/legacy-danish-tv-drama-bbc-borgen


Tiger

Last month, I had an appointment in Cambridge and decided to head to a shop I loved in Copenhagen which has recently hit our shores – Tiger!

If you aren’t aware of Tiger, it is, well, a little hard to explain. There isn’t really a British shop which can be compared directly with these shops. They sell stationery, homewares, greeting cards, cleaning products, toys, sweets, arts and craft supplies, Danish juice, candles… in quirky designs and at clear, affordable prices. Of course this shop was a breath of fresh air on travels in Scandinavia (where you are braced for everything to be expensive) and it was a lot of fun to browse around in Cambridge too.

A few of my finds:

Jolly whale bathroom hooks

Hooks in the shape of whales in blue, pink and green for £1 each

Every kitchen needs a carrot sharpener:Carrot sharpener, a giant orange sharpener for your vegetables

Want to send secret messages to your spy friends? For only £1 you can get a handy UV secret message pen:Spy pen, pen with UV light, £1 each

There was also some stylish stationery:Bluen and white polka dot notebooks with orange and green spines in a variety of sizes

We enjoyed shopping in Tiger so much we went round twice in case we missed anything! There was a huge array of products in store at really reasonable prices. It’s a great place to go for some gifts or interesting home decor and many products have a Nordic edge and sense of humour to the design. The Danish packaging also adds to the ‘looking round a supermarket when on holiday’ vibes, and it’s fun to recognise a few words too after many years of Nordic culture-watching and Swedish lessons. Can’t wait to pop in and see what they have next time I’m in the area!

Do you live near a Tiger store? Have you been in and found some interesting products?

Tiger online: http://www.tigerstores.co.uk/

More Scandi stores in the UK: https://nordicinfluence.wordpress.com/nordic-directory/


Wonderful Copenhagen with Pilou Asbaek

Enjoy this tour of Copenhagen with Pilou Asbaek..apologies for posting this a week late!

I really enjoyed the cheeky Danish humour at this year’s Eurovision, the interval Eurovision museum and douze points songs had me chuckling away. I’m missing Pilou, Nikolaj and Lise already.

Has Eurovision inspired you to visit Denmark? Or book a Pilou guided tour?


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?

 


Scandimania

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in Sweden

I hope everyone is recovered from last night’s big Bridge finale!

Tonight there is more Scandinavian action on TV, but of a gentler variety. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is journeying around Sweden, Denmark and Norway to find out what makes these countries so happy and, of course, to do some cooking.

In the first episode, airing tonight, he will go hunting in northern Sweden and cook for his hunting buddies. He will also be stopping off in Stockholm and Gothenburg and find time for a visit to the ABBA museum. And by the looks of the trailer, he gets to try some Surströmming too!

The series begins tonight on Channel 4 at 8pm and will also be available for catch up on 4OD.

The Channel 4 site for the series is here:  http://www.channel4.com/programmes/scandimania

Are you watching? Let me know what you thought of the show when you’ve seen it!


Scandi snacks for The Bridge finale

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Are you ready for tonight’s big finale? I have baked kanelbullar (fresh yeast and sugar pearls available from Sainsbury’s) and bought lördagsgodis (at wilko) and Estella crisps (from the international supermarket). I can’t wait!

Do  you have any favourite Scandinavian snacks? Where do you find them in Britain?

After 11pm, feel free to leave your comments on The Bridge finale (no spoilers until after it has aired please, even if you have been at Nordicana today!).


Nordic directory now live!

You can now check out my list of Nordic shops in the UK at the ‘Nordic directory’

Nordic directory

For a little while now I have been thinking about compiling a list of all those Nordic retailers and Scandinavian suppliers available in Britain. After some thinking and googling I have made a start and hope you find it useful.

Have a look now and discover some Scandinavian products available in the UK! If you notice some obvious omissions or have some great Nordic retail tips, let me know in the comments.