BBC Four Scandi Autumn Preview

As we prepare to get ready for the early dark evenings, getting the kids back to school and getting our routines in order before the clocks go back, there are still a number of things to look forward to this Autumn season.

BBC Four is preparing audiences for a gripping windy and raining period of all things Scandinavian with the return of Nordic Noir’s favourite shows to keep you hooked to your television screens on the looming cold nights. We give you the low down on what to expect on BBC Four this Autumn:



Based on the character Martin Beck from the detective novel series – from husband-and-wife duo Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö – comes a brand new mini-series documenting the life of the iconic Scandinavian detective. Beck explores the tumultuous relationship between the title character and his partner Gunvald Larsson as they investigate the shocking death of a young woman found strangled in a hotel room. The ghastly crime swiftly leads to more deaths when a gangster is found executed, a terrorist attack is broken out and a hospital death is pondered suspicious. Peter Haber (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, 2009) portrays the title role alongside Mikael Persbrandt (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, 2014) as Gunvald Larsson.

Martin Beck is one of Nordic Noir’s first and definitive Scandinavian detectives epitomising the good-cop bad-cop routine alongside his petulant partner. Sjöwall and Wahlöö’s renowned novels are considered among the best in crime fiction literature and its upcoming adapted series is expected to live up to expectations.

Arne Dahl


The acclaimed crime series return for a second season as five new stories are set to keep us gripped to our television screens. After the A Unit has been parted for a couple of years, the team are reunited when a series of brutal murders are executed on Polish nurses in Sweden. The elite team remain indistinct as their obsession with their professional lives affects their private lives leaving them more determined than ever. Kerstin Holm returns as the lead member of the National Police Headquarters as she plans to get her unit back in order to track down the cause of these vicious murders.

Arne Dahl is based on the acclaimed crime novels by the author Jan Arnald – who goes by the pen name Arne Dahl – and is produced by Filmlance International AB, Sveriges Television and ZDF Germany. UK audiences were first introduced to the crime series last year and are undoubtedly keen to see new events unfold.

The Bridge


After much anticipation, the return of the show that everyone has been waiting for is on the horizon. The third season of renowned Swedish-Danish series The Bridge is set to make its way to BBC Four this Autumn as we see Sofia Helin return as the iconic detective Saga Norén.

When the founder of the first gender-neutral kindergarten in Copenhagen is found brutally murdered in Sweden, the Danish and Swedish police join forces once again to track down the case. This horrific killing turns out to be the mere first in a series of brutal murders, which later involves Saga Norén changing her professional and personal life forever. The highly anticipated third season of The Bridge sees the return of one of Nordic Noir’s heroines as it examines its complex characters and unpredictable horror of local crime.

Sofia Helin attended the Nordicana: Nordic Noir & Beyond Live 2015 festival earlier this year to discuss the third season of The Bridge and the evolution of her tumultuous character. Find out more here.

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