New thriller ‘Modus’ airs in Sweden


This Autumn’s Nordic Noir line-up adds another electrifying crime saga to the mix

Anne Holt’s best-selling “Vik/Stubø” series of novels gets its first adaption to the screen, premiering for Swedish audiences on TV4 tonight at 9pm. Based on the fourth book entitled Pengemannen (Fear Not), written in 2009, the series launches into a killing spree during a traditionally festive and wonderful time of the year.

The investigation begins with Inger Johanne Vik who is no stranger to the gruesome crimes scenes we come to expect from the disturbingly fascinating modus operandi of Nordic Noir. Trained as a a criminal psychologist and profiler, Vik also cares for her autistic daughter Stina (Esmeralda Struwe). However, when Stina witnesses one of the slayings, Vik is drawn even deeper into the chilling case as she uncovers an insidious connection to a fundamentalist group whose network stretches to the furthest reaches of Europe and beyond.

Melinda Kinnaman, sister of The Killing (US) (2011-2014) and the Easy Money trilogy (2010-2013) star Joel Kinnaman, plays Inger Johanne Vik. Previously seen in The Eagle (2004-2006) ahead of her leading role in Modus, Melinda is joined by distinguished actor Krister Henriksson who is best known as Kurt Wallander in the critically acclaimed feature-length TV films, adapted from Henning Mankell’s Wallander series, spanning from 2005 until 2013. Modus co-stars Marek Oravec Simon J. Berger, from Crimes of Passion: Dangerous Dreams (2013), Cecilia Nilsson (Maria Wern, 2008) and Alexandra Rapaport (The Hunt, 2012 and The Sandhamn Murders, 2010-2015).

Modus notably unites the writing talents of Norwegian author Holt with International Emmy Award-winning writers Mai Brostrøm and Peter Thorsboe, who have penned successful Nordic crime shows (Unit One, 2001-2004, The Eagle, 2004-2006, The Protectors, 2009-2010 and The Team, 2015).

The eight episode series features directors who have previously worked on other hit Scandinavian crimes shows, including Lisa Siwe (The Bridge, 2011) and Mani Maserrat Agah (Arne Dahl: Bad Blood, 2012).

While Modus is scheduled to air on other Scandinavian channels in Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Germany, a UK air date is still unconfirmed from distributor FremantleMedia International.