Don’t panic, Borgen and The Killing fans – there’s more where they came from

Four new Scandinavian crime dramas are heading our way...

Yes, the first series of political thriller Borgen is over and it won’t be back until this winter. We’ll also have to wait until later in the year for new episodes of The Killing. But here’s some good news for fans of Scandinavia drama: there are more where they came from, and they’re heading for British TV screens very soon…


Those Who Kill – ITV3, in the coming weeks
It’s set in Copenhagen, co-stars Lars Mikkelsen, who played mayoral candidate Troels Hartmann in The Killing, and features another dedicated female detective, Inspector Katrina Ries Jensen, played by Laura Bach.

But where The Killing follows a single murder investigation throughout a series, Those Who Kill (or Den som Draeber as they say in Denmark) focuses on the psychology of multiple serial killers, and has been compared to shows such as Criminal Minds and Wire in the Blood.

Based on the books by bestselling crime author Elsebeth Egholm, the first series of Those Who Kill drew a record audience share when it aired on Danish channel TV2.

The Bridge – BBC4, spring
Danish and Swedish cops Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia) and Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) must work together after a grizzly discovery on the Oresund Bridge, which links the two countries.

What’s at first thought to be a single body turns out to consist of two different victims, one a Swedish politician, the other a Danish prostitute.

Sebastian Bergman – BBC4, 2012
Rolf Lassgård – known to many as the original, Swedish Wallander – stars as another troubled detective, Sebastian Bergman, politically incorrect, abrasive and still battling grief over the loss of both his wife and daughter in the Thailand tsunami.

Two 90 minute dramas focus on the murder of a 15-year-old boy, and a copycat serial perpetrator who appears to be basing his crimes on those of a killer Bergman himself put behind bars.

Lilyhammer – BBC4, tba
A Norwegian comedy-drama about a New York mobster, played by none other than Steven Van Zandt, aka Silvio from The Sopranos. He’s Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano, who rats out his boss and is put into witness protection, where he makes an odd demand: he wants to be rehoused in the small, rural Norwegian town of Lillehammer, having seen it on TV when it was a venue for the 1994 Winter Olympics.


Once he arrives in Lillehammer – or “Lilyhammer”, as he mis-pronounces it – Frank has to acclimatise to the Norwegian way of life, but is soon back to his old criminal ways. Lilyhammer, described as a “razor-sharp drama about cultural mores” by BBC4 controller Richard Klein, only debuted on NRK, the Norwegian equivalent of the BBC, last month but has already been snapped up.