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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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


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


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.


Searching for Sugar Man

Fancy watching a Swedish Oscar-winner tonight?

As part of the Storyville season, BBC Four will show Searching for Sugar Man tonight at 9pm. This has been a hit worldwide and was awarded the 2013 Oscar for Best documentary – Sweden’s first Oscar since Fanny and Alexander in 1984. It also won a BAFTA and a Guldbagge.

The film has gained more publicity for tragic reasons recently due to filmmaker Malik  Bendjelloul’s death -http://bigstory.ap.org/article/searching-sugarman-director-dies-36. So sad that so much more attention had to come from such tragic events and we won’t get to watch any more films from this young director.

Enjoy the film tonight and appreciate Bendelloul’s work, and the amazing story of Rodriguez.

Full details of the BBC Four showings and clips aplenty here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b044z275


Kurt’s back!

Kurt Wallander (Krister Henriksson) in a boat

Kurt Wallander is back on British TV screens tonight as BBC Four begins airing series three of the Swedish Wallander films.

Episode one is The Troubled Man (Den orolige mannen). From the synopsis, Kurt has become a granddad and is on the hunt for daughter Linda’s missing father-in-law.

I have to say Krister Henriksson is my favourite Wallander, though he is sometimes overshadowed in these series by the canine acting talents of Jussi – what a star!

Wallander might be the archetypal Nordic Noir detective, this video explores his role in the genre:

Timeshift: Who is Kurt Wallander?

Will you be watching tonight? Who’s your favourte Wallander? Krister? Rolf? Kenneth?

Wallander begins tonight on BBC Four at 9pm.


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?