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

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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/


Mammon

Mammon theory board

Norwegian mystery/finance/journalism thriller Mammon begins tonight at 9pm on More 4.

From the Channel 4 website:

An intricate and compelling thriller about greed and the murky underbelly of finance, politics and journalism, Mammon follows six days in the life of uncompromising journalist Peter Verås who uncovers evidence of financial fraud involving Norway’s elite.

I have never watched any Norwegian drama before so I’m curious how it will compare to its Swedish and Danish cousins.

Read more at the Channel 4 website: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/mammon

Will you be watching?


The Luxo L-1

Luxo L1 task lamp

A visit to the Design museum this week has solved a mystery I have been trying to work out for ages – who makes these awesome clamp-on task lamps!

The design is based on the spring technology in the British Anglepoise lamps, which was licensed to US and Norwegian firms in the 1930s. The L-1 was designed by the Norwegian Jac Jacobsen and is made by Luxo. There is a website dedicated to it here: http://sites.glamox.com/designicon/

The Luxo L-1 is available to purchase at http://www.luxoonline.co.uk/images/imagecache/large_L1-main.jpg .

If you find other suppliers or other amazing Scandinavian lighting solutions, let me know in the comments.


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?


Scandi kitchen in the Express

If you are close to a newsagent, then you can find a range of Scandi recipes in today’s  Sunday Express. I’m on my way to get one now!

Check out @Scanditwitchen’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/Scanditwitchen/status/424839778765639680

Updated: There are six recipes online now: Anchovy gratin, kale salad and apple cake: 6 best Scandinavian recipes

Ohh, the kladdkaka and apple cake look delicious!

And isn’t ‘Anchovy gratin’ just Janssons frestelse / Janssons temptation by any other name?


Charles Augustus Magnussen

Lars Mikkelsen as Charles Augustus Magnussen

 

There is a treat for any fans of The Killing tonight as Lars Mikkelsen (TROELS!!) is starring as blackmailer Charles Augustus Magnussen in tonight’s Sherlock.

According to reports online he is “utterly terrifying” and had to ham up his Scandinavian accent for the role. I’m curious to find out how much of Scandinavia we’ll see. A shot of his super-stylish Danish evil lair? Will he be snacking on cinnamon buns and sipping strong coffee as he plots? Creating LEGO models of the crime scene? Or cycling from victim to victim?

Well hopefully it won’t get too ridiculous but I can’t wait to see where they’re going with this. Will he make it to series 4?

Digital Spy story: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tv/s129/sherlock/news/a542723/sherlock-lars-mikkelsen-terrifying-as-new-villain-says-steven-moffat.html

Have you spotted any of your favourite Nordic actors in UK/US shows? Did they bring some Scandi style?