Despite Question Time presenter David Dimbleby recently calling for BBC4 to be axed, the channel is ramping up its international drama roster with new shows from Sweden, Denmark and Israel.
The three exciting commissions include Crimes of Passion, a thriller set in set in the beautiful Swedish region of Bergslagen, Hostages – about a renowned Israeli surgeon, and 1864 – a historical drama set in the Danish countryside.
Cassian Harrison, editor at BBC4, explained that these new dramas, in new countries, will cement the channel as the home of international drama.
“BBC4 leads the way with international drama and I’m delighted to be announcing an ambitious slate of new series for next year drawn from an even broader range of countries, all united by cracking drama and compelling story lines.”
Sue Deeks, BBC head of programme acquisition, added: “Hostages is a taut, spare and authentic Israeli thriller; Crimes Of Passion is a stylish and engaging 50s-set detective drama; and 1864 is an epic historical Danish series with tremendous sweep and scale.”
A new Belgian conspiracy thriller named Salamander will also air soon on BBC4, as will season three of Swedish murder series Wallander. Meanwhile, two British dramas including Hinterland, about a policeman living a double life in Aberystwyth, Wales, and Amber – about the disappearance of teenage girl in Ireland, told via multiple perspectives over four episodes – will air in 2014.
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Image of Bergslagen, Sweden courtesy of Alamy