New crime dramas debut on Scandinavian television

Nordic Noir isn’t slowing down anytime soon, with more new crime dramas and some old favourites returning to Scandinavian television (and eventually international audiences).

Modus is a new drama from TV4 in Sweden and teams up with Miso Film’s Sandra Harms, Emmy-award winning writers Mai Brostrøm and Peter Thorsboe, and directors Lisa Siwe (The Bridge) and Mani Maserrat (Arne Dahl). In the series, Melinda Kinnaman plays criminal psychologist Inger Johanne Vik. The series had a strong opening last Wednesday with a record audience of 1.2 million Swedes. This was a share of 36.4% for the 9pm timeslot, and the record was backed up with rave reviews in the Swedish press, with critics calling it a ‘professional series’ (Svenska Dagbladet), ‘Fabulously stylish’ (Aftonbladet), or a ‘Star studded series that challenges the Swedish crime autumn’ (Sveriges radio).

In Denmark Norskov debuted on screens this week. The series is created by Dunja Gry Jensen for SF Film Production and TV 2. In the series, Thomas Levin (Borgen) plays crime investigator Tom Noack who returns home to a small town in Northern Jutland to clean the towns drug problems. The first episode had 662,000 viewers (33% share) and an extra 85,000 people watched on TV2 play, being the record number.

This all comes along with The Bridge III opening on Sunday night in all the Nordic countries. . The series has already been getting good reviews (see this one from Dagbladet), so it’s clear Nordic crime dramas aren’t going anywhere!

Info from the Nordisk Film and TV Fund

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.