Jens Lapidus trilogy to be adapted for television

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We’re almost drowning in crime drama at the moment, but the wheels just keep on turning. We receive news from Sweden that Jens Lapidus – one of the new wave of Scandinavian crime writers – is to have his trilogy adapted for television by the same production company that brought us The Bridge.

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BBC Four confirms transmission date for Modus II

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It has probably been the worst-kept secret – thanks to trailers after Spiral – but the next BBC Four, 9pm, Saturday crime series will be from Sweden. And, more specifically, Modus II. The series, which stars Melinda Kinnaman and Henrik Norlén, welcomes some high-profile American and British stars to this second series (Kim Cattrall, Greg Wise and Billy Campbell), which gives it an interesting spin. Now we know when it will start in the UK.

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More4 confirms transmission date for series two of Dicte

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Danish series Dicte might have stretched the bounds of credibility on numerous occasions, but it did feature a character that bucked the trend in so-called Nordic Noir – crime reporter Dicte Svendsen was messy, sociable, funny and hung out with a group of female friends that made you laugh and snort and feel for them. She was hugely likeable, as was Iben Hjejle, who played her. So it’s great news that series two is looming large on the horizon, and Channel 4 has now confirmed its transmission date.

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Jägarna to return as TV series on Swedish television

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Ninety-ninety-six’s Jägarna (The Hunters) was a medium-sized hit in its native Sweden. It told the story of a policeman from Stockholm who goes to Norrland to join his brother after their parents died. While there he started to work on a long-running case where deer have been poached and soon discovers that his brother is involved. Now it’s back, this time as a TV series.

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SVT confirms second series of Jordskott; releases trailer

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screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-09-39-10Although Swedish series Jordskott was broadcast here in the UK on ITV Encore, it did fantastically well internationally, and was sold and played out in 50 countries. It was an insane, bonkers series that told the story of Detective Inspector Eva Thörnblad (Moa Gammel), who returns to Silver Height seven years after her daughter Josefine disappeared by a lake in the woods. The body was never found and the girl was believed to have drowned. Then a boy vanished without a trace and Eva was intent on finding out if there was a link to her daughter’s disappearance. That was just the start of things: add in some ancestral weirdness with her dad, timber empire man Johan Thörnblad, witches, woodland folk and strange black liquid and Jordskott was like your traditional Scandi Noir mixed with a fairytale. Finally we have confirmation of a second series and a trailer to go with it.

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Series two of Jordskott to premiere in Sweden in October

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As long-time readers of the site will know, I was a fan of series one of Swedish environmental (or just mental) procedural, Jordskott, when it first hit UK screen in 2015. We’ve known for a while that series two is on its way and that filming had taken place earlier this year. Now we know when series two will premiere in its native Sweden.

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Billy Campbell and Greg Wise join the cast of Modus for series two

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Modus, which premiered in the UK just before Christmas 2016, was a good-looking if underwhelming Swedish thriller that investigated the links between a Christian religious fundamentalist group in the US and a nutjob lone operative causing death and destruction in Sweden. Series two is just around the corner, and on top of Kim Cattrell’s addition to the cast (she’s playing the US president), two more American actors have joined the cast.

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