Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Crime Dramas Airing This Fall on Swedish Television


We were linking our way through the internet as we are sometimes wont to do and stumbled upon several new crime dramas and made-for-television movies premiering this fall on SVT, Sweden's television network. Not that it's likely we'll see any of them soon here in the US — still, they all sound pretty interesting to us — we suspect that plans are already underway somewhere by somebody to make them available to a wider audience.

Arne Dahl consists of ten 90-minute episodes of adaptations of the books in the InterCrime series of crime novels by Arne Dahl (a pseudonym used by Jan Arnald). If we're reading our translation correctly, it seems as if five novels have been adapted, each airing as a 2-part episode: Misterioso, Ont blod, Upp till toppen av berget, Europa Blues and De största av vatten. Of these, only Misterioso has been translated into English (and coincidentally recently reviewed by us at Mysterious Reviews).

Anno 1790 is a historical crime drama set in the late 18th century and features Inspector Johan Gustav Dåådh of the Stockholm police. Our reading of the synopsis suggests to us that this is a straight-forward police procedural, albeit with political undertones. It is scheduled for ten 60-minute episodes.

The description of Bron reminds us of The Killing, though more the Danish version than the American version. A mysterious murder has taken place on the Oresund Bridge, forcing the Swedish and Danish police forces to work together to solve it. Ten 60-minute episodes have been produced.

Finally, a 90-minute made-for-television movie adaptation of Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström's first thriller, The Beast (original Swedish title, Odjuret, which is also the title of the movie) is scheduled to air. The storyline involves the father of a murdered girl taking the law into his own hands after the police fail to arrest her killer after he escapes from prison. Though The Beast is available in English in the UK, we aren't aware of any US editions.


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