We’re always eager to catch up with Sofia Helin and her post-Bridge projects. She’s currently guest-starring in Outback Noir, Mystery Road, and now we have another Helin project – The Same Sky. It’s East Germany in the 1970s, and Lars Weber is a “Romeo agent”; his task is to go West and seduce and spy […]More4 confirms transmission date for Sofia Helin drama The Same Sky
Channel 4 has commissioned six-part crime thriller, Before We Die, starring Lesley Sharp, Vincent Regan and Patrick Gibson. The remake of the Swedish series it’s produced by from newly formed production company, Eagle Eye Drama, launched by the same team behind global drama brand, Walter Presents. Set in Bristol, it Sharp leads the cast as detective Hannah […]Channel 4 announces remake of Swedish series Before We Die
If ITV’s Des is currently wetting your whistle, stand by for another high-profile true crime adaptation. Denmark’s The Investigation (Efterforskningen) – which will be broadcast by the BBC later in the year – and looks set to be another emotional rollercoaster. Last week, Danish channel TV2 released the first (wordless) teaser, now it has released another, […]The Investigation: new trailer released
Danish series – The Investigation (Efterforskningen) – has released its first trailer. It will adapt the emotional true-crime of the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall by Danish entrepreneur Peter Madsen. Befitting such serious subject matter, it stars the cream of Scandinavian crime drama. Søren Malling leads the cast as Jens Møller, the Head of […]
BBC Four has confirmed the transmission date for series two of Mystery Road. The Aussie Noir – which guest stars The Bridge’s Sofia Helin in series two – is good to go from the middle of this month (September). The six-episode series will be shown in double-bills every Saturday night from Saturday 19th September. Series […]
Throughout this lockdown period, channels have been replaying old favourites, and BBC Four has joined in the fun. In its 9pm, foreign-language, Saturday-night slot, the channel is to replay the first groundbreaking series of The Bridge. Although seven years old, it first aired on BBC Four in 2015 and became an instant hit. The story […]
More4’s Friday-night, 9pm slot has become one worth tuning in recently. Thanks to the channel’s links with Channel 4 and Walter Presents, a host of quality foreign-language dramas have made their way onto the channel. Now, we know that Belgian series, Code 37: Sex Crimes, is on its way back for its third series. After […]
Only a few days ago we brought you the first images from ITV Van Der Valk reboot, starring Marc Warren as the titular Dutch detective. Now we know when the three-part series is going to start. Van Der Valk is set in the lively and enigmatic city of Amsterdam and follows an engaging, unapologetic and street-smart […]
Fans of AUstralian series, Mystery Road, got excited when Bridge star, Sofia Helin, was announced as a guest star for series two. The series is set to start in its native Australia this weekend (19th April) and the publicity machine has been ramping up ahead of its premiere. The show’s home broadcaster, ABC, has now […]
Nineteen-seventies’ classic, Van Der Valk, is getting a reboot. We brought you that news some time ago, and now we’re finally getting an idea of what it might look like. Van Der Valk is set in the lively and enigmatic city of Amsterdam and follows an engaging, unapologetic and street-smart Dutch detective Piet Van Der […]
We were fans of the first series of Rebecka Martinsson, which was shown in the UK on All4 through Walter Presents. Now we have a trailer for series two. Ida Engvoll has vacated the lead role, making way for Sascha Zacharias. Based on Åsa Larsson’s novels, the series tells of a Stockholm lawyer who returns […]
Good news for fans of the Italian procedural, Thou Shall Not Kill. It’s on its way back. #ThouShaltNotKill is returning for a second season on the 20th March on More4! That’s right, your favourite Italian detective Valeria will be back on your screens in less than 3 weeks ❤️ 💯 Binge the first season now […]
When The Bridge’s Sofia Helin was announced to guest star in series two of Australian crime drama, Mystery Road, it caught everyone by surprise. Now she has released an image of herself during the filming of the series. View this post on Instagram #mysteryroad @berlinbiennale @australia #broome A post shared by Sofia Helin (@actress_sofia_helin_) on […]
Swedish channel, TV4, has announced the transmission date of its latest crime drama, Bäckström. The six-episode series is based on Leif GW Persson’s character Evert Bäckström, the series revolves around homicide detective Evert Bäckström (Kjell Bergqvist), who boasts that he has solved 99 per cent of all cases he investigated. But when a skull with […]
Swedish channels C More and TV4 are developing the political thriller series Eight Months (Åtta månader), based on the acclaimed suspense novel of the same name by Magnus Montelius. Åtta månader (Eight Months), written by Magnus Montelius, was published in 2019 by Albert Bonniers Förlag and was quickly praised by critics. It was ranked in […]
In a few weeks’ time, we’ll be getting Swedish series The Truth Will Out (Det som göms i snö) on Walter Presents/All4. But Swedish streaming service Viaplay has already recommissioned the show for a second run. The series – which starts on Channel 4 on 11th February and then transfers over to All4 under the […]
It must be that time of year again because we’re getting all kinds of news about new shows coming out of the Nordic and Scandinavian region. Streaming service Viaplay has announced another new show, The Machinery. The Machinery is an action-packed thriller in eight episodes set in the borderlands between Norway and Sweden, and between […]
Production of four new Beck films, anticipated to have an exclusive streaming premiere on Swedish channel C More this autumn, will begin soon. Filming of the 39th Beck film began in February and when shooting wraps in mid-summer, a total of 42 Beck films starring Peter Haber will have been produced. “Congratulations all you Beck fans out there […]
It looks like we’re getting a new Nordic Noir as the year ends and the new one starts. Wisting, which stars Sven Nordin and Carrie-Anne Moss, is based on the best-selling books The Caveman and The Hunting Dogs by writer Jørn Lier Horst. Set in the unique and stunning landscape of Norway, this series follows […]
It was always perhaps a premise too far, and so it has proved. Rob Lowe’s fish-out-of-water crime drama, Wild Bill, has been axed by ITV after only one series. The drama starred Lowe as senior police officer Bill Hixon, who relocated from Miami to the unlikely destination of Boston, Lincolnshire. As we mentioned, it really […]
We’ve recently watched series one of the revamped series one of Danish series Those Who Kill on BBC Four. Now we’re hearing that it has been renewed for a second series. Expressen reports that Natalie Madueño will continue to play the lead role of criminologist Louise Bergstein. The recording is scheduled to start in Odense […]
We’ve been waiting for Swedish drama The Stockholm Requiem and had it booked in for next year. But now we’re hearing that Welsh broadcaster S4C – the original home of Welsh-language hits like Hinterland/Y Gwyll, Keeping Faith/Un Bore Mercher and Hidden/Craith – has struck a deal with international drama streamer Walter Presents that will see […]
We wrote about this only two days ago (read that here), and now we have more news about true crime series, The Investigation. The BBC has acquired the rights for UK broadcast. The series follows the complex investigation carried out by Jens Møller, the Head of Homicide for the Copenhagen Police, surrounding the murder of […]
Beloved Swedish author Camilla Läckberg’s Hammarvik is heading to television. The adaptation, described as an ‘innovative 16-part series’ blends crime drama and soap opera, and will premiere exclusively on the Viaplay streaming service across the Nordic region in late 2020. Hammarvik (Swedish title: ‘Lyckoviken’) combines compelling character-driven drama with the trademark cocktail of suspense, secrets and […]
Søren Malling is to lead the cast in the TV adaptation of Kim Wall’s murder investigation. The senseless, brutal murder of Swedish journalist Wall in 2017 captured the global imagination. We reported on the project , called The Investigation, last October. Joining showrunner Tobias Lindholm on the case is lead investigator, Jens Møller. Expressen reports […]
Yes, we love a good Scandi crime drama and the good news is that they just keep on coming. According to Expressen, Thin Ice (Tunn Is) will be with us in 2020. The series is described as a suspense drama set in a ‘grand Arctic environment’. It starts when a research vessel is attacked outside […]
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Hans Rosenfeldt’s The Lawyer has been renewed for a second series. We’ll be reviewing series one at some point in the near future after its premiere in June on Walter Presents. The series stars Alexander Karim, Malin Buska, Thomas Bo Larsen, Johannes Lassen and Nicolaj Kopernikus. In series one, promising defence lawyer Frank Nordling (Karim) learns the […]
Since the channel moved exclusively online, BBC Three has been impressive in its content – hard-hitting teen dramas and documentaries, as well as experimental comedy. Now news reaches us that the channel has picked up the UK rights to Norwegian drama Nudes its first foreign-language drama. Nudes is an anthology series about three different teenagers who, […]
Sthlm Requiem, a very promising Swedish series we’ve been keeping our eyes on, has been picked up by Walter Presents for transmission in the UK and US. Based on Kristina Ohlsson’s Bergman & Recht novels The Stockholm Requiem (as WP is calling it) stars Liv Mjönes and Jonas Karlsson, and follows criminologist Fredrika Bergman who […]
While we’re waiting for series seven of Spiral, BBC Four has pulled a bit of a surprise with its next foreign-language drama for Saturday nights. Darkness: Those Who Kill (Den som dræber) is a reboot of a Danish series from 2011, which followed a fictitious unit within Copenhagen Police that specialised in investigating serial murders. […]
The Bay was so nearly pretty decent. The ITV series based in the Lancashire town of Morecambe had a touch of the Broadchurches about it, and we knew that the channel had renewed it for a second series. ITV has confirmed that Morven Christie will return as family liaison officer Detective Sergeant Lisa Armstrong, while […]
We always like to keep an eye on what Sofia Helin is up to after her stint on The Bridge. She’s co-starring (and producing) Swedish law series Honor, and has wrapped up on period drama Atlantic Crossing, but news reaches us that she’ll soon return to the crime genre by co-starring in series two of […]
Aside from series two of Trapped, it’s been a quiet-ish year on BBC Four. So far. The channel has now announced that series two of Danish hostage drama Below The Surface is to appear in the Saturday-night, 9pm slot, taking over from Inspector Montalbano repeats. In the first series, 15 people were held hostage in […]
We’re looking forward to seeing Wisting, touted as the next big thing to come out of Norway. The series is based on best-selling Norwegian author, Jørn Lier Horst’s The Hunting Dogs and The Caveman featuring Police Inspector William Wisting. Sven Nordin plays the titular lead character, while The Matrix’s Carrie-Anne Moss plays an FBI agent, who joins […]
Love it or loathe it, it looks like The Bay will be coming back to ITV. In its initial six-part run, it told the story Family Liaison Officer, DS Lisa Armstrong (Morven Christie), who investigated the case of a pair of missing twins in the seaside town of Morecambe. It didn’t help that she had […]
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Sofia Helin’s Honour – the Swedish crime drama starring Alexandra Rapaport, Anja Lundqvist and Julia Dufvenius – has been launching at MipTV in Cannes. In a sitdown with Nordisk Film Fond, the three stars told the website more about the show. The story tells of four partners in a law firm whose reputation is suddenly […]
Denmark is always a reliable source of crime drama, and its next series is to be DNA, an eight-part series that stars Anders W. Berthelsen as Rolf Larsen, a once respected criminal investigator at the CPH Police, who lost his daughter in a tragic accident. Rolf is devastated from grief, but soon it turns out […]
We’ve already heard that HBO is remaking Perry Mason into a 1930s-set origin series, and now we’re hearing another classic detective series is on its way back, reimagined for the modern age. Van Der Valk first aired in 1972 and stopped in 1995 (although it only produced five series in total), now, according to Deadline, […]
We’re a fan of Finnish crime drama here at The Killing Times, and it seems the Nordic country is catching up when it comes to the genre and the regions illustrious output. Series like Deadwind and Bordertown have proved the country can produce compelling crime drama. Now we’re hearing a whole raft of series are […]
A.C. Baantjer’s Baantjer detective series is beloved in its native Holland, and now we’re hearing news of a prequel series, to be called Amsterdam Vice. The original starred Piet Römer as Jurriaan ‘Jurre’ de Cock, a police detective, and Victor Reinier as Dick Vledder, his helper. According to Variety: Amsterdam Vice is set in the roaring ’80s, in […]
Anticipation is building for BBC One’s The Barking Murders, a Jeff Pope adaptation of the crimes and events leading up to the arrest of Stephen Port. The Barking Murders will go beneath the headlines of the Stephen Port case to shed new light on this story by telling it from the point of view of the […]
A little while ago we brought you news of Finnish series, All The Sins (Kaikki synnit), which we described as a classic-looking Nordic Noir. Now we have an English-language trailer. It starts with a body winched upside down in a barn as a shadowy assassin draws a knife seemingly to dispatch the victim. But, diverging […]
Icelandic crime series, as we all know, is a genre worth watching, and so is the island’s burgeoning crime fiction scene. One of the leading lights from that scene, Ragnar Jónasson, is about to get the TV treatment. According to Deadline, Jónasson’s novel, The Darkness, has been acquired by Stampede production company, who is intent […]
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Icelandic crime series, Stella Blomkvist, has been around for a while, but so far it hasn’t made its way to the UK. Now it seems someone has bought it. According to star Heida Reed’s own Instagram account, the series is on its way, but no broadcaster has been announced. Could it be BBC Four? Or […]
We’re heading back to Sweden for the start of 2019 on BBC Four. The first series of Black Lake (Svartsjön) was a mildly entertaining, daft mash-up of horror and the closed-location crime story, and the news is that BBC Four has acquired series two and has announced the transmission date. In series two, the action […]
Not long to go now until series two of Trapped makes its bow in its native Iceland. Unfortunately, it looks as though it’s going to be a bit longer until we see it in the UK – our guess? February – but it’s definitely something to look forward to. Producer RVK has released a new, […]
Prequel series have been a mixed bag in recent years – Endeavour has been a success, Prime Suspect 1973 not so much. Readers are always wary about their favourite characters being re-cast and re-animated into something that’s different from the original, so we’re cautious about this one – there’s a Young Wallander series coming to […]
Ah. Now then. It seems like we haven’t had a Scandi series for a while, but with the nights drawing in and the chill getting, well, chillier, it’s the perfect time to head back over the North Sea to Sweden and catch-up with Beck. The four-episode series seven premiered in Sweden right at the start […]
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Spanish crime drama is really cooking at the moment, and another series is set to enter the world.
Álvaro Morte will star in ‘polygamous mystery drama’ El Embarcadero (The Pier).
The eight-part series tells the story of high-profile architect Álexandra (Verónica Sánchez) who, shattered by the suicide of her husband Oscar, discovers he had been leading a double life with another woman, Veronica (Irene Arcos), and their child.
Knowing she will either go insane or get to the bottom of the mystery, Álexandra approaches Veronica. At first she wants to tell her about Oscar’s death, but instead she decides to befriend her under a false identity to find out why Oscar, though sincere in his love for Álexandra, lived this lie. What really happened that fatal night when his life was taken?
Here’s a trailer with English subtitles:
El Embarcadero is a Movistar+ original series and will debut in Spain…
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Yes, we love a bit of Finnish crime drama here at The Killing Times, and it’s great to see the country making more and more of it. Two more that may be joining the likes of Deadwind and Bordertown are Arctic Circle, Sherlock North, Hard Diplomacy and Bullets. Deadline reports that both will be shown […]
The brutal and heartbreaking murder of Swedish journalist really affected us here at The Killing Times, and now news reaches us that the investigation into her disappearance and death is to be made into a TV series. Tobias Lindholm is to make it and for Swedish channels C More and TV4. “A murder case in […]
Now here’s a sentence we didn’t think we’d be writing on a Friday morning, or any morning for that matter: Hollywood star, Rob Lowe, is to star in a new six-part ITV crime drama called Wild Bill, set in Lincolnshire. When high-flying US police chief Bill Hixon lands in Boston, Lincolnshire, with his 14-year-old daughter […]
We haven’t heard too much from Scandinavia and the Nordic lands for a while, but here’s some news: a new Finnish series is on the way. The 10-part series Hotel Swan follows Ella Linden (33), who has just landed her dream job as director of the Hotel Swan Helsinki, a popular and well-established, luxury hotel […]
Spanish drama – and especially crime drama – has been getting some traction in the UK in the past few years, and now a new series is coming our way in 2019. Global distributor, Banijay, has picked up the rights to Hierro, an eight-part series that takes place on a secluded island in the Canary […]
Walter Presents, that foreign-language brand, has had a busy day or so. It has announced two new Icelandic crime dramas waiting in the wings for September, and now it has added another, Swedish crime drama, Alex. On the outside, Alex is an exemplary citizen: a dedicated father and law-enforcer. In reality, he is drug-fuelled, dirty […]
We like to keep abreast of what’s happening over in Scandinavia and we’ve been alerted by Our Charlotte that Sthlm Requiem, a series we’ve been keeping our eyes on, will appear in Sweden this October. Based on Kristina Ohlsson’s Bergman & Recht novels it stars Liv Mjönes and Jonas Karlsson, and follows criminologist Fredrika Bergman who […]
Well, here we go – headlong into the autumn season. We’ll be posting an extensive autumns/winter preview in the next few days, but until then, Walter Presents has announced that two Icelandic crime dramas – Cover Story and The Court – will debut on its UK service in September. Cover Story, then. When Laura, a […]
Sweden’s Måns Mårlind – the creator of Midnight Sun and writer on The Bridge – is behind a new, English-language thriller set in Berlin in the immediate aftermath of World War II.
The eight-part Shadow Play centres on Max McLaughlin, an American cop who arrives in Berlin in the summer of 1946 to help create a police force in the chaotic aftermath of the war. Max’s goal is to take down “Englemacher” Gladow, the Capone of post-war Berlin. At the same time, he undertakes a secret crusade to find his missing brother, who is killing ex-Nazis in hiding. However, Max is unaware that he is being used as a pawn in what is the very beginning of the Cold War.
Sounds like a hint of Babylon Berlin meets Boardwalk Empire, which is absolutely fine with us.
The series is set to start production next spring, so more news as…
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Springfloden (Spring Tide) is a series we haven’t been able to watch in the UK, but we still like to keep up with what’s happening over the water in Scandinavia.
The Swedish series – broadcast on SVT – is based on the books by Cilla and Rolf Börjlind and sees Julia Ragnarsson and Kjell Bergqvist return as Olivia Rönning and Tom Stilton respectively (Danish crime drama perennial Dar Salim is also back).
Series two is set to start its second series on 16th September, and plot-wise it goes something like this: Rönning and Stilton cross paths once more when the murder of a circus performer in Marseilles is believed to be linked to the suicide of a customs official. Their investigation leads them into the cynical world of risk capital where serious money is being milked from the Swedish welfare system.
More news as we get it…
Walter Presents has been busy recently. The Channel 4-affiliated online brand has announced it has an Israeli crime drama (read about that here) and two new Nordic crime dramas (read about that here) waiting in the wings. Now the brand has announced that it has snapped up Belgian crime drama Code 37: Sex Crimes and […]
Ast the end of last year, we bought you news that Leif GW Persson’s The Dying Detective was to air on Swedish channel SVT. Now the celebrated crime novelist has a new project, but this time it’s based on an idea rather than a novel. Gone In Snow (Det som göms i snö) is to transmit […]
Despite its flaws and Billy Campbell’s incessant half-whisper, Cardinal was very watchable when series one of the Canadian crime drama debuted on BBC Four last year.
Now we have series two, subtitled Black Fly Season, which BBC Four has confirmed the transmission details.
Series one saw Detective John Cardinal (Campbell) return to his hometown after 10 years to join the homicide brigade. With the help of Lisa Delorme (Karine Vanasse), his new partner, he must investigate the death of a teenager. That wasn’t all – Old Cardie was being investigated for corruption, too.
Series two will be a six-part, shown in double bills each Saturday. Here’s a trailer:
In series two, after the long, dark winter, everything seems to be going well for detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme. But the dream of an idyllic summer is soon shattered when a young woman shows up in town with a bullet…
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It’s always keeping an eye on Walter Presents – the channel within a channel that screens foreign-language drama from Europe and beyond.
Now it has added two new Nordic dramas for autumn, Icelandic drama The Court (pictured) and Swedish crime drama Farang.
The first two seasons of Icelandic legal drama The Court will debut on All4 in September, each running 12×1 hour episodes on the platform. Following that, Swedish thriller Farang will begin transmission of its 8-episode first season on Channel Four towards the end of the year.
Produced by Sagafilm for Channel 2 Iceland, The Court (pictured) follows the public and private lives of three lawyers in a Reykjavik law firm. The drama is executive produced by acclaimed producers Kjartan Thor Thordarson (Stella Blomkvist, Case, Cover Story) and Magnus Vidar Sigurdsson (Trapped, Black Angels, The Night Shift
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After the torrid but hugely entertaining time I Know Who You Are put us through we’re keeping an eye open for any new Spanish crime drama.
The next to arrive on our shores is Night And Day (Nit i Dia) thanks to Walter Presents.
It tells the story of Sara Grau, a forensic pathologist married to a high-flying corporate executive named Lluis. Although Lluis and who is desperate to start a family. Sara is secretly unsure and unbeknown to Lluis, has been frequently sleeping with nameless men she meets out late at night. One day, Sara is called to the scene of a car crash in which a woman and a man have died. When Sara is performing an autopsy on the man’s body she recognises a tattoo on his arm – the same tattoo on a man she had a one-night stand with a few weeks back…
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