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Unit One is a thriller series that tells the story of a group of staunch crime experts from the flying squad. We follow their fascinating yet frightening work in the Danish underworld and are thrilled by their commitment and affectionate solidarity and are equally puzzled by the often horrifying, yet true examples of human nature they face in their work.
What happens to the people who have chosen to work in job like this. A member of the flying squad is away from home 230 days a year. Can a marriage and a family cope with that? What kind of qualifications, what kind of team spirit do these people possess since they have one of the highest success rates in the world?
Unit One is based on true criminal cases through the last 10 years.
SERIES ONE: EPISODES 1-9
EPISODE ONE
Chief of Investigation of Unit One, Torben Rønne, is found murdered in his house along with Henning Ravn, a friend of his who was temporarily living at Torben’s. Ingrid Dahl is promoted to temporary Chief of Investigation to support Unit One. Because of information provided by a criminal, Unit One locates Dennis Friis, the son of a woman Ravn used to date years back. As Friis tries to pick up the murder weapon, he is discovered by Fischer and La Cour and taken into custody.

EPISODE 2

The deceased, a pub owner from Horsens and an old acquaintance of the police, was discovered after being liquidated. He also has outstanding business with the local bikers. But Ingrid thinks the motive for the homicide is more of a personal nature. The larger mobile office is put to use for the first time and its driver proves to be a surprise. Just as the investigation gets underway Ingrid receives a phone call that forces her to rush back to Copenhagen.

EPISODE 3

Fischer and La Cour find Grue, the biker president, who is carrying a sawn-off shotgun around which resembles the murder weapon from their case. But the revelation that follows is not what they expected. Ingrid Returns with a plan that conflicts with Chief Constable Ulf Thomsen. Fischer receives unexpected help when he gets into a fight with a couple of suspects. La Cour finds a vital clue and IP suspects something going on between Gaby and Johnny Olsen.

EPISODE 4

When an elderly lady is murdered in Nakskov, details emerge from her younger female lodger, who says she saw an unfamiliar man leave the house just after the crime. Fischer’s relationship with the local force is complicated because of a previous case and the conflict between them resurfaces. IP is worried about Kirsten’s whereabouts, and Ingrid’s husband Søren surprises her just as she is on her way out with Boysen. Guest stars Thomas Levin and Lars Knutzon. 

EPISODE 5

A young couple’s wedding day is ruined by a murder. The killing seems unfeasible and the forensics experts are perplexed when Unit One arrives. Soon, many of the villagers are under suspicion. While IP’s jealously grows, Johnny receives help from Gaby with his personal problems. Søren puts pressure on Ingrid to make a decision about their relationship. But all could be futile when Ingrid soon after receives a phone call from the hospital alerting her that Søren is in a serious condition.

EPISODE 6

Ulla, a teacher from Roskilde, has celebrated her 30th birthday with a big party among friends and relatives. On her way home from the party she disappears without a trace. Her husband calls the police and Unit One is summoned. Evidence indicates that a crime has taken place, and Ulla’s children also face danger. Ingrid is in an awful state following Søren’s death and has incarcerated herself. Gaby and Johnny try to help, but in vain. However, IP has his own way of tackling Ingrid. Fischer receives a tempting offer from Ulf. Guest stars Soren Malling.

EPISODE 7

Fischer and La Cour have taken a holiday on the North Sea with Fischer’s family. Their holiday is soon ruined when the local force receives an anonymous tip-off that a homicide has been committed in the neighborhood. The murderer is at large and could strike again at any time. Ulf is summoned when Fischer loses control while detaining a subject.

EPISODE 8

A whole town is in fear because a masked man has been assaulting elderly women who live on their own. The assaults are becoming increasingly violent and everyone is afraid that the next one will be fatal. Unit One is called in and La Cour is forced into dealing with a painful encounter from his past. IP is having a hard time with Kirsten and receives a flattering invitation, while Fischer acquires insight into Johnny’s love life. Part one of a two-part episode.

EPISODE 9

The disguised man who attacks elderly women strikes again. But he is constantly one step ahead of the police, who are at a loss. Ulf arrives and demands a result, and is confronted by IP. Fischer tries to provoke La Cour into resuming his relationship with Helene. La Cour finds the vital clue, but is he in time? Johnny is an involuntary witness as the case comes to a head.

CAST:

Charlotte Finch as Ingrid Dahl

Mads Mikkelsen as Allan Fischer

Lars Brygmann as Thomas La Cour

Waage Sando as Jens Peter Jorgensen

Erik Wedersoe as Ulf Thomsen

Trine Pallesen as Gaby Levin

Lars Bom as Johnny Olsen

Michael Falch as Jan Boysen

Sebastian Ottensten as Tobias

 

 


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Central character, appointed commander of the Rejseholdet unit at the beginning of the first series, holds rank of Detective Chief Inspector. Single mother of Tobias (by former husband) and guardian of Gry, the daughter of her late partner, who dies in the first season. Promoted to a leadership position, she initially struggles to gain the respect of the team and her superior, Ulf Thomson. 

Charlotte Fich is a Danish stage, film and television actress and also wife of Danish film director Per Fly. Her other work includes Kinamand (2005), To Verdener (2008) and All For One (2011).

Detective Inspector. The sometimes “problem child” of the unit, impulsive and emotional, Fischer has been frustrated by a lack of advancement, as he is seen by Ulf and Ingrid as “difficult to manage”. Despite his rough edges his persistence, physicality and willingness to bend the rules often produces results and he is thus highly valued as a member of the team.

Originally a gymnast and dancer, Mads Mikkelsen began his acting career in 1996. He rose to fame in the first two films of the Pusher film trilogy. However he only became more recognised worldwide after his role in King Arthur in 2004.

Detective Inspector. The most cerebral member of the unit, La Cour is noteworthy for his highly intuitive investigative approach that often plays a key role in solving an episode’s mystery. Most episodes include a sequence where La Cour seems to mystically “channel” the victim and/or perpetrator in order to re-create the crime event. The portrayal of these moments sometimes suggest the supernatural, such as an episode when an off-duty La Cour leads local police directly to the murder scene and thus places himself under suspicion for the crime.

Detective Inspector. The senior member of the unit, who has been passed over for promotion when Ingrid is appointed commander. Partner to Kirsten. A world-weary but trusted and quietly supportive second-in-command to Ingrid. Has been with the force for 40 years.

Sandø has worked in both theatre, cabaret, radio, television and film, and from 1990 onwards he has been permanently attached to the Royal Danish Theatre. In 1991 he became head of Det Danske Teater. He appeared in films like Min fynske barndom (1994), Kun en pige (1995), At kende sandheden (Facing the Truth, 2002)

Senior police official, under whom the unit operates. Appointed Ingrid to command position. This promotion seems at least partially the product of political pressure to elevate a female. Ulf frequently challenges Ingrid’s decisions but his respect for her is revealed over time. Ulf’s affair with Kirsten and promotion of Ingrid has complicated his longstanding relationship with colleague I.P.

Erik Wedersøe is not only an actor but also director and author. One of his most famous roles is playing Pigernes Ole in Lars Von Trier’s Riget II.


Reviews

“A fascinating document of Denmark’s TV drama as it evolves into a golden age” – Nick Edwards, The Guardian

“Unit One may be slow to get off the ground, but once it develops a few convincing leads it rapidly becomes an involved, compelling affair” – Cult TV Times

“Plenty to offer fans of the genre and will certainly please fans of both Mads Mikkelsen and Nordic Noir” – Peter Turner, Filmoria


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SERIES 2: EPISODES 10-16

EPISODE 10

A young boy is kidnapped on his 9th birthday. The team discovers him alive and well, but getting him back to his mother is not simple. Ulf and Kirsten take a trip to London.

EPISODE 11

A lawyer with a history of getting defendants to retract confessions uses the technique to exonerate the perpetrator of a crime that the team previously investigated. Then the lawyer and his family are threatened by an unknown attacker and the team is called in to protect him.

EPISODE 12

The owner of a chocolate factory is found murdered. Did his murder have something to do with his appetite for young women and kinky sex, or is there something else at play?

EPISODE 13

A woman dies in a house fire. Her 8 year old daughter fights for her life in hospital. Was the fire an accident or arson?

EPISODE 14

Local police overhears a shooting. A teenage girl comes running against them yelling “They’re gonna kill me, they’re gonna kill me!” The female police officer finds the body of Irana and Fashad Adavi in the apartment of Osman and Leyla Gür. The reason for the murder is believed to be a matter of honour according to Osman, as he explains that Fashad supposedly had raped Yasemin, the daughter of Osman and Leyla. The son, Dennis, supposedly shot Fashad as he refused to marry Yasemin. In questioning, Dennis fails to reload the pistol and is therefore not the murderer. Yasemin then claims she shot the victims.

EPISODE 15

The body of the 10-year-old is found in a stream in the woods just outside of Hellebæk. No boy of the description is missing. La Cour dreams of a bag that is found at the harbour and has exactly the same interior as in La Cours dream. A social licence from the bag reveals the boy to be Martin Simonsen. DNA samples proves that the killer earlier has murdered a young boy. La Cour talks with a conductor from Odense, Claus Munk Andersen, who claims he didn’t see the boy. But through a vision and investigation of other witnesses, Andersen is taken into custody.

EPISODE 16

La Cour is taken into custody and is ordered home to Copenhagen. In the meantime, the investigation team contacts Karin, the sister of Andersen who tells them that the man that visited Andersen the night he was killed, and had sexual intercourse with, probably is Sonny, a local male prostitute. Fischer is sent to the dumpster, where he finds a trash bag that contains Andersen’s diary containing information about the murdered boys and Cliff “Sonny” Jensen, whom Andersen raised into prostitution and lent to his friends. La Cour notices some ash buds and remembers what happened at Andersen’s, paying Ulrik Gregersen, Andersen’s brother-in-law a visit.


Reviews

“The show’s cast is a veritable smorgasbord of Scandinavian talent, providing an interesting insight into each individual’s acting origins” – Tom Grater, CineVue

“A fascinating document of Denmark’s TV drama as it evolves into a golden age” – Nick Edwards, The Guardian

“Unit One may be slow to get off the ground, but once it develops a few convincing leads it rapidly becomes an involved, compelling affair” – Cult TV Times

“Plenty to offer fans of the genre and will certainly please fans of both Mads Mikkelsen and Nordic Noir” – Peter Turner, Filmoria


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SERIES 3: EPISODES 17-30

EPISODE 17

A psychology student meets up with one of her regular chat friends. After she disappears it takes six months before Unit One is on the case.

EPISODE 18

Christian and Andreas Dahl are shot when they confront two famous criminals in burying stolen money in Kalundborg. Tina Lauritsen, the wife of Christian, is later found with her throat slit. The criminals are quickly identified, as a burned out white Mercedes is found containing rabbit dung (as Eik Nielsen, the male criminal, favours white Mercedes and Anja Jespersen, the female criminal, always carry around a rabbit). Unit One puts the area where the money was buried under surveillance.

EPISODE 19

Unit One is called to Aabenrå when parts of a woman body is found in Knapsø. As Unit One checks the German Missing List, a witness tells of a silver Audi from where a man tossed a trashbag into the harbour, and of a burning container filled with personal files on a Doris Fröse. The owner of the silver Audi, Manfred Schlosser, lacks any information. A summerhouse owner contacts them and tells that the sheets and beddings have been replaced and the floor scrubbed very thoroughly. Blood samples confirms the victim to be Doris Fröse, but the name of the man who borrowed the summerhouse is fake.

EPISODE 20

A hotel is set on fire in Nyborg, killing 32 people. A local pyromaniac, Henning Jørgensen, is taken into questioning, but fails to answer where the fire started. In a side story, a little boy witnesses how a bespectacled man places the corpse of a young woman on a bench in a parking lot. In a picture from the local newspaper, a face is very faintly viewed in the background, and the police trace the person in the picture to be Otto Lykke Larsen, a mentally retarded man. Larsen is taken into questioning. In the videos found in Larsen’s apartment, fires are videotaped and Unit One suspects that Larsen was the pyromaniac responsible.

EPISODE 21

Just released from prison the entrepreneur called farmand (daddy-o) is found murdered in a Danish train to Århus, which puts the unit smack in the middle of hypnosis and crime and they meet one of the smartest criminals in the series so far. Kaare commits a robbery just after being released from State Prison in Horsens. He shoots three people and is arrested by Fischer. Unit One suspects that Ivan has masterminded the coup.

EPISODE 22

The tragic case of Kaare and Ivan continues, who will break first the police or Ivan?

EPISODE 23

Bertel Kjeldsen calls Dahl late at night to ask her to come to Fredensborg where he allegedly killed his own wife. In the meantime, the case of Britt Hjort Jespersen is brought up again as a poor autopsy of the body wasn’t satisfactory. DNA samples from a new autopsy show DNA from another man. Dahl tries hard to find Keldsen, who is standing at the edge of a tall building when Dahl finds him. He tells how he killed his wife and how his son, Knud Kjeldsen, killed Jespersen. Dahl arrests Knud. Knud lies under questioning, but the DNA samples show that Knud’s biological brother, Robin Hansen, who is mentally retarded, was the murderer. Knud tried to cover for his retarded brother to spare his family. 


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