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BBC confirms transmission date for Black Lake

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Earlier on this year, we ran a story detailing how BBC Four had picked up Swedish thriller, Black Lake (Svartsjön in its native language). It signified a slight change in approach for the channel, who we heard was looking for something a little different from the usual ‘Nordic Noir’ (although we have series two of Witnesses and series six of Spiral coming up before Christmas, and then the last series of The Bridge early in 2018… so not too different, then). The snowy-looking Black Lake has more of a horror feel to it, and it’ll start and finish as the nights draw in and autumn really kicks in, which is perfect timing, really. Now we know when it will start.

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Review: Twin Peaks (S3 E17&18/18), Tuesday 5th September, Sky Atlantic

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A warning: this is going to be the longest review I’ve ever written. Twin Peaks, as regular readers of this site will know, is one of my favourite shows of all time and affects me like no other – then and now. The characters, the setting, the lore, the layers of consciousness explored… it has all added up to something wonderful and beguiling, and something that has stayed with me and will stay with me for the rest of my life. It’s also going to be a long review because of the sheer amount of things that transpired in this two-part finale, some easy to understand, some not so. I could talk about it for a long time, but I’ll try to be as concise as possible, which probably won’t happen. It’s best to strap in and get the coffee on.

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Review: Twin Peaks (S3 E16/18), Tuesday 29th August, Sky Atlantic

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This third series has been a sometimes thrilling, sometimes viscerally terrifying and sometimes infuriating journey. Throughout 15 episodes we’ve waited and waited until Agent Dale Cooper – our beloved FBI man – snapped out of his fugue and take back the identity that had been locked away for so long. No question about it: we’ve all needed saintly patience to get to that point. Ultimately, this is what this third series has been about – the search for identity. It’s been so different in tone and structure to the first two series that I know many friends have been turned off by it, but I’ve seen this as another detective story but not in any traditional, rational or step-by-step procedural sense. No, this series of Twin Peaks has, among other things, been about shattered identities and characters searching for who they used to be. And, after so many false dawns…

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