Find out what to look forward to in the new Scandi season of crime dramas
At the end of the summer, a new spell of Scandi crime and drama looms on the horizon. The August hiatus gives us a chance to take a breath, gather our composure, and prepare for more exciting, quality crime dramas to engross us once again. This year has delivered to us an engaging assortment of shows across the spectrum of Euro Noir: Denmark’s Follow the Money, Iceland’s Trapped, Sweden’s Blue Eyes, France’s The Disappearance, Italy’s Gomorrah season two, and Poland’s The Border to name a few.It may still be sunny and warm but we can see that winter is coming for Nordic Noir fans too! With the anticipation of a new seasonal programme, we can expect to revisit the treacherous climes of the Arctic Circle, the dangerous streets of Sweden, and strike up a rapport with a new Nordic Noir heroine on the crime scene.
Adapted from the best-selling ‘Vik/Stubø’ series of novels created by Norwegian writer Anne Holt, Modus is arriving on BBC Four screens in an eight-episode season. While the first series is set during what is meant to be ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, criminal psychologist and profiler, Inger Johanne Vik, is searching for a serial killer intent on targeting victims in spite of the festive holiday period. Melinda Kinnaman (The Bridge III) stars as Vik; the new, alternative detective in our midst. As she struggles to look after her children, Vik’s autistic daughter Stina witnesses a murder that puts her in the killer’s sights. Now, Vik is drawn into a deadly hunt to discover the identity of the perpetrator and protect her family. Modus co-stars Johan Falk’s Henrik Norlén as Ingvar Nyman and Wallander’s Krister Henriksson.
Beck season six
With news that a spin-off season starring Martin Beck’s long-time partner-in-crime Gunvald Larsson (Mikael Persbrandt) is not happening anytime soon, fans of Beck will be tuning in for a farewell to the beloved character as he makes a dramatic exit in the first film aptly named Gunvald. However, distinguished detective Beck (Peter Haber) will be teamed up with another crime-fighting companion: Steiner Hovland, played by Norwegian actor Kristofer Hivju (Force Majeure, Game of Thrones). The new, feature-length four episodes include the cases of an investigative journalist’s death linked to right-wing extremists, a fire at a caravan park with neighbourhood vigilantes under suspicion, the mysterious murder of a policeman and his family in the suburbs, and a killer sparks a nationwide alert in his path of destruction.
There is more coming soon…
Fortitude season two
The international cast and shrouded science fiction plot took Nordic Noir audiences by storm. The uncanny Scandi style of the mystery likened to Lost and Twin Peaks led Sky Atlantic’s remit of quality dramas in 2015. To follow up the intrigue of the show, both the Edinburgh International TV Festival and the Horror Channel’s FrightFest in London, are giving audiences a first glance with a preview of the first episode of season two, starring new cast members Dennis Quaid, Robert Sheehan (Misfits), Parminder Nagra (ER, The Blacklist), Edvin Endre (Vikings, Eddie the Eagle) and Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones). So far Sofie Gråbøl and Luke Treadaway have been announced as reprising their roles from the first season. Fortitude season two is due to be aired on 2nd January 2017.
Two is the magic number for more of our fresh favourite Nordic Noir series, as the financial thriller Follow the Money and tense family drama Thicker than Water will also be back for a second season very soon.
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