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New ‘Nordic Noirs’ to be shown at French TV festival

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Last year’s Series Mania TV festival in Fontainebleau, France looked like an intriguing weekend, full of screenings and industry-style talks and panel sessions. This year it’s back and it’s always worth looking at the program because plenty of new stuff is unveiled. It’s no difference this year, and there’s plenty of new series from the Nordic regions being debuted. Let’s take a look at what’s coming up…

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SVT names New Year’s Day transmission date for The Bridge IV; no word from UK yet; first photograph revealed

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Wouldn’t you just bloody know it? It was my birthday when this news broke and I was out and about doing birthday-like things, so I was away from the computer and missed the news that the much-anticipated fourth – and last – series of The Bridge will indeed transmit in 2018 (my prediction that we’d see it in 2017 was off, but just by one day!) in an event-like slot on an event-like day in its native Sweden.

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BBC4 picks up Swedish thriller Black Lake

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We’ve heard whistles in the wind that BBC4 – once the beacon of foreign-language crime drama in its 9pm Saturday slot – is looking for things that are slightly different. This chimes with recent articles in British newspaper The Guardian, which proclaimed that Nordic Noir as we know it is dead, and that broadcasters are looking for something different to what has been available; a new twist to the genre. So, with all that in mind it’s interesting the channel has gone back to Scandinavia to buy a Swedish thriller that has a touch of the horror genre about it.

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Midnight Sun: The history behind the conflict with the Sami

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One of the more eagerly awaited crime dramas of the year starts up on Sky Atlantic tonight. Midnight Sun is a French/Swedish effort, written and created by Måns Mårlind and Bjorn Stein (who have previous on The Bridge) and made by French powerhouse Canal+. It stars Leïla Bekhti as Kahina Zadi, a French police officer, who travels to Kiruna, a small mining community in the remote far north of Sweden to investigate a brutal murder of a French citizen. With the help of Anders Harnesk (Gustaf Hammarsten), a Swedish DA and a member of the Sami, an ancient, indigenous tribe of Scandinavia, they are faced with new killings. The initial murder turns out to be the tip of the iceberg. So far, so intriguing. But what makes this extremely interesting is the inclusion of the Sami in the series – that Scandinavian tribe of people who live in the far, far north…

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Walter Presents/Channel 4 announce transmission date for Norwegian series Eyewitness

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eyewitness-anneke-von-der-lippeAnd still they keep on coming. Just when you thought it was safe to turn on your TV sets again, another Scandinavian series is set to hit our shores, thanks to the partnership between Channel 4 and Walter Presents. Not that we’re complaining, of course, because… well, we all love a bit of Scandi Noir. This one – from Norway – sounds interesting, not least because the show’s lead, Anneke von der Lippe, won an International Emmy for her performance.

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Kim Cattrall joins Modus for series two

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an57868444kim-cattrall-atteIn news that I could hardly have imagined possible, Kim Cattrall – yes, that Kim Cattrall – has joined Swedish series Modus for a role in its second series. Cattrall has always had an international outlook (she was born in Liverpool) and I’ve always admired her for her openness when it comes to appearing in roles both sides of the Atlantic, so perhaps I shouldn’t be so surprised. After all, she recently appeared in the Sarah Phelps adaptation of Agatha Christie’s The Witness For The Prosecution (shown in the UK on the BBC), and now she’s headed to Sweden for a slice of Nordic Noir.

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Sky Atlantic confirms Midnight Sun transmission date

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screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-11-19-05It’s been a bit of a day for fans of so-called Nordic Noir. First we reported that Kim Cattrall was to join the cast of series two of Modus (story here) and then the acquisition by Netflix of Finnish series Bordertown (see that story here). But the news continues… one of the more anticipated series of the spring is Swedish/French series, Midnight Sun, set up in the Sami wilderness of (very) northern Sweden. We’ve known for a while that Sky Atlantic has picked the show up for UK broadcast, and now we know when we can watch it.

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