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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

Another good thing to watch

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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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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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First Look: Midnight Sun (Sweden)

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screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-11-19-05I’m aware this site wouldn’t normally do something like this (extensively preview a show that hasn’t been signed by a UK broadcaster) but Midnight Sun sounds so intriguing and could be the next big Nordic thing. With all that in mind and being a resident in Sweden, I wanted to at least see what it was like and give you an idea of it. Midnight Sun (Midnattssol) started in Sweden at the weekend and it got off to a promising start. I do think this will be picked up by some channel in the UK, so here are my first impressions…

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Melinda Kinneman and Henrik Norlén begin filming season two of Modus

Loved the first series

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modusOur ears prick up every time we hear of a new slither of news coming from Scandinavian or the Nordic countries – despite so much more content from the region becoming available in the UK and elsewhere, we’re STILL always up for a bit of Scandi action. Modus (based on the books by Anne Holt) arrived in the UK just before Christmas with a bit of a fanfare – it had been a while since BBC4 had a Scandi drama in the Saturday, 9pm slot – and festive Stockholm looked gorgeous. The perfect place to set a winter murder story. And now there’s a second series on the way.

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