Sunday, 19 February 2012

Borgen (2010) and upcoming Danish drama

The Killing II was entertaining enough but not a patch on Sarah Lund's first outing. Then Borgen came along, it's premise, rather dire - a drama centred around Danish politics. But although it did what it said on the tin, once the lid was off, the contents were thrilling. The relationships were intriguing, the characters were all brilliantly formed and perfectly acted and every episode was packed with chewy plot that was easily digestible and incredibly moreish. I cannot wait for season 2.

In the meantime though, here are some more Danish drama's that the clever people with the money at BBC4 have kindly bought with our license fee.

The Bridge 
Danish and Swedish cops 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 
A troubled detective, politically incorrect, abrasive and still battling grief over the loss of both his wife and daughter in the Thailand tsunami. 
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.

From Radio Times

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