‘Hinterland’ season two review so far

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Catch up with the cops, crime and chaos occurring in Ceredigion…

Welcome back to Hinterland – home to Aberystwyth’s panoramic views, sweeping plains and irresistibly sombre atmosphere. As haunting as the setting itself, DCI Tom Mathias’ (played by Richard Harrington) teams up with DI Mared Rhys (Mali Harries) to placate his personal demons, by throwing himself back into the abundant darkness of detective work.

What has happened so far in the new season?

Episode one

DCI Mathias is lured back to the police by Chief Superintendent Bran Prosser (Aneirin Hughes), who convinces him to take on a suspicious case of arson, which has left its victims (a mother and child) in critical condition. Together with his loyal partner DI Rhys, the pair investigate and uncover an insidious plot masterminded by a destructive community. Nevertheless, the case appears to be a means to an end, as Mathias appears to be in need of these destructive forces for the sake of his own survival.

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Episode two

The ghostly echo of Mari Davies’ death continues its harrowing reign over Mathias. Not only is he dealing with an internal investigation by the IPCC, his wife returns to town. Mathias seizes the chance to focus his attention on unearthing the truth when a bus driver is found shot to death. Their prime suspect seems an unlikely perpetrator, however, an ex-soldier points the team in the right direction when a drugs-related motive is revealed.

Just as we have revelled in the start of the second season on BBC Four, Hinterland recently celebrated at the 2016 New York International Film and Television awards, receiving the Grand Award and a Gold Medal in the Crime Drama category. This can be added to the S4C collection of accolades, alongside Harrington’s coveted Best Actor award in 2015. The series has previously been honoured in 2014 with the CINE Golden Eagle Award and the Torc Award for Crime Drama, as well as three Bafta Cymru Award wins, including ‘Best Director’.

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Take a look at the critic’s views so far:

“Expect to be on the edge of your seat” 4-stars – The Mail On Sunday

“Compelling” – The Guardian

“Bold, muscular and stylish. A fine central performance by Richard Harrington” 4-stars – The Daily Telegraph

“Richard Harrington continues to make Mathias an interesting flawed hero. Made on a reportedly small budget, Hinterland makes the most of the bleak but beautiful Ceredigion landscape” – Stuart Barr, Dead Good

Did you know that the series is filmed twice (in both Welsh and English) for the dedicated Nordic Noir audience? The English-language fans seem to be responding well to this by sharing their thoughts so far with a variety of Tweets:

#Hinterland has come to @BBCFour! Compelling, dark & twisted

Astoundingly brilliant. It’s improving every episode. Love it. Marvellous.

#hinterland – beautiful detail and texture in every shot, as usual

Well that’s two episodes of #Hinterland down, and still no one’s smiled. It’s grim but terrific.

Well, the characters of Hinterland may not have cause to smile but it seems the audience is happy to see the award-winning series back on our screens!

Keep watching the brand new investigation on BBC Four this weekend as Hinterland season two continues with episode three from 9pm on Saturday 7th May.

Hinterland the complete season two is released on Monday 30th May 2016. Pre-order your copy on DVD from the Nordic Noir & Beyond Store at Amazon here.

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