The Brits are going to be treated to some new Nordic Noir this year, with Swedish crime series Modus heading to BBC Four after a deal with Freemantle Media.
Created by Norwegian author Anne Holt, Modus follows criminal psychologist Inger Johanne Vik. During a snowy Christmas in Sweden, Vik finds herself and her autistic daughter drawn into the investigation of a number of disturbing deaths, through which she meets detective Ingvar Nyman at the Stockholm Police. Nyman is dispatched to Uppsala to investigate the shocking Christmas Eve murder of bishop Elisabeth Lindgren. In Stockholm, the bodies keep turning up – though the causes of death vary. But before long, Inger Johanne starts noticing a pattern. MODUS is a thrilling story that raises questions about religion, human rights, and the very nature of love itself. It goes beyond conventional crime and peppers the story with red-hot political issues and criticizing intolerance.
Modus is written by Emmy Award-winning duo Mai Brostrøm and Peter Thorsboe and produced by Sandra Harms for Miso Film Sweden. The series was a big hit in Sweden, averaging more than a million viewers on linear TV.
BBC Four is currently airing Trapped, and Follow the Money is next in line to appear on British screens.