Nordic update: Modus S2 E1-2 (BBC Four), Before We Die S1 E1-5 (Channel 4), Rebecka Martinsson: Arctic Murders S1 E1-4 (More 4)

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It appears that the dreary winter weather of January and February is the ideal time of the year for TV channels to roll out their latest Nordic Noir acquisitions to keep us tucked up safe and warm in our homes.

Here’s a round up of three of the current offerings from Sweden to be found airing on British television this month. Read the rest of this entry »

Modus S1 E1-2 (BBC Four)

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Contains some spoilers for events in episodes 1 and 2

modus1There have been recent signs that the deep well of Nordic Noir fare might finally be running dry, so there were markedly high hopes and expectations in advance of the first episode of Modus, the latest production from Sweden to be broadcast in BBC Four’s Saturday evening slot that had previously been home to the likes of Wallander, The Bridge, Forbrydelsen, Trapped and Borgen. Fortunately, the new kid in Scandi class doesn’t disappoint, an initial home audience of some 1.2 million having made it the most successful Scandinavian TV series on Sweden’s TV4 in the last 25 years. Read the rest of this entry »