Earlier this year, RadioTimes.com revealed that ITV’s cosy whodunit series Midsomer Murders was the most popular imported show in Denmark, the home of gritty crime dramas like The Killing.
So it seems only fitting that the land of Sarah Lund is about to play host to Midsomer’s DCI Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and his new sidekick DS Nelson (Gwilym Lee) in a co-production with Danish broadcaster DR.
Midsomer Murders: The Killings at Copenhagen will see Barnaby and Nelson travel to the Danish capital, where they’ll team up with their Scandinavian counterparts to investigate a murder that links back to a family in Midsomer.
Fans of Nordic Noir will recognise the Copenhagen cops as Danish stars Ann Eleonora Jorgensen, who played the grieving mother of murder victim Nanna Birk Larsen in The Killing, and Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, who was journalist Katrine Fonsmark in political thriller Borgen.
The special story will mark the 100th episode of Midsomer Murders – as well as the first time the show has ventured outside the fictional rural county – and will also take Barnaby and Nelson back to the scene of Midsomer’s first ever murder, Badger’s Drift.
“Midsomer Murders is incredibly popular on prime time Danish television,” said executive producer Jo Wright. “It is known as Barnaby and has been running for 12 years, winning 40 per cent of the audience share. The idea to shoot in Denmark came about because we wanted to do something special to mark the 100th episode, and it’s great to be working with DR, producer of the award winning series The Killing.”
Kaare Schmidt, DR’s series acquisitions executive said: “Midsomer Murders is a benchmark in television entertainment and Danish viewers’ favourite programme for more than a decade. It’s an honour and a thrill for us to be able to contribute to the series’ distinguished line of murder victims and police detectives.”
Midsomer Murders: The Killings at Copenhagen will air as part of the upcoming 16th series.