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stumbledin Sun 29-Dec-19 23:39:29

I was looking foward to this as Christmas tv has been really pathetic.

But am beginning to think scandi thrillers are losing any originality. The plot line is such an old one, slightly rehased, but just allowing the series to show endless shots of trapped terrified young women who are nearly naked. (*)

And obviously hoping to appeal to US audiences by conveniently having to accept the FBI getting involved.

Did anyone else watch, and if so what did you think?

(* I am aware that this is a crime that is far more frequent than news reporting suggests. Young women kidnapped and brutalised, sometimes murdered, sometimes held captive for year. But in a tv series it seems to just be the opportunity for pornified filming.)

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boatyardblues Sun 26-Jan-20 20:47:58

I used to watch lots of Scandi noir thrillers but got fed up of the brutalised women. I watched a very good Korean thriller on Netflix recently called The Lies Within. It’s finished airing now, so the whole season is available. It’s brooding, twisty and unflinchingly gory in a few places but really interesting - a mix of crime and politics. I mention it in case anyone wants a change of scene, as it was a really quality production.

DuncinToffee Sun 26-Jan-20 21:07:58

I mentioned the 2 books

This ten episodes thriller is based on two Jørn Lier Horst novels, The Caveman (2012) and The Hunting Dogs (2013)

Terfin2 Sun 26-Jan-20 23:52:58

I really really enjoyed this! And didn't find the names/characters particularly confusing. Was glad to finally discover why Line got so into investigative journalism and Tommy seems like a nice guy grin

Shame that the police chief had to be the 'traitor', but I suppose the detecting team are all very close-knit so it couldn't be one of them - they might want to make another series!

Loved how they made us suspect each character of being the baddie but in the end they all turned out to be likeable in their own odd ways (apart from the pervy photographer). Also very much jealous of Wisting's cabin on the water...smile

colouringinpro Mon 27-Jan-20 17:22:39

OMG yes that cabin! envy

NewModelArmyMayhem18 Mon 27-Jan-20 19:24:19

There are more books so hopefully there will be another series at some point.

What to watch next - any recommendations?

IntermittentParps Tue 28-Jan-20 10:26:37

Stockholm Requiem on Walter Presents looks quite good.

NewModelArmyMayhem18 Tue 28-Jan-20 12:08:07

Thanks for the tip @IntermittentParps.

IntermittentParps Tue 28-Jan-20 12:10:22

Don't blame me if it's no good grin; I haven't watched it.

If you haven't seen them already, Thicker Than Water and The Legacy are good Scandis (Swedish and Danish respectively) –not crime procedurals, more family dramas, although they both have elements of crime/thriller.

NewModelArmyMayhem18 Tue 28-Jan-20 12:28:22

Do we know what's coming next to the BBC4 Saturday evening slot?

amaryl Tue 28-Jan-20 12:33:06

The Legacy was fantastic!

IntermittentParps Tue 28-Jan-20 12:34:49

NewModelArmyMayhem18, no, but I did recently come across this www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2019/state-of-happiness
I guess it'll be on soonish if it was acquired last May?

stumbledin Tue 28-Jan-20 14:19:59

Next saturday looks like a Montalbano repeat (groan)

As mentioned up thread I'm getting quite involved in Taken Down. Not very scandi though.

(Available on BBC iPlayer or BBC Scotland on Wednesdays)

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rosegoldwatcher Tue 28-Jan-20 15:14:36

I think that, following Montalbano, the next Saturday BBC4 offering might be series 2 of Hidden (the one set in Wales.)
@IntermittentParps - I binged the first 8 episodes of Stockholm Requiem yesterday - currently watching number 9/10. I thought it was 'mycket bra'. But then I love anything with a snowy setting and in a Scandinavian language.

IntermittentParps Tue 28-Jan-20 15:23:18

Oh, is there a new Hidden?! I quite liked the first one, although if we're talking Welsh noir then Hinterland is the one to beat.

Thanks for the Stockholm Requiem review. I'll get on it!

NewModelArmyMayhem18 Tue 28-Jan-20 17:46:43

Was Hidden the one with the guy keeping the girls locked up in a strange outhouse in a very rundown farm (living with his mother and daughter)?

IntermittentParps Tue 28-Jan-20 18:00:17

Yes, that's it.

NewModelArmyMayhem18 Tue 28-Jan-20 18:13:53

I can't even remember how that ended! I'm assuming it will be the same female detective but a different case?

IntermittentParps Tue 28-Jan-20 18:19:39

Yes, I'd think so. If I remember, the locked-up young woman was rescued … and did the culprit chuck himself off a bridge?

NewModelArmyMayhem18 Tue 28-Jan-20 18:37:31

That sounds about right. The locked-up woman befriended the daughter in some way, didn't she?

IntermittentParps Tue 28-Jan-20 18:44:04

Don't remember very clearly, but yes, did she get her to unlock the door eventually? but then yer man came back and found them, or something.

NewModelArmyMayhem18 Wed 29-Jan-20 18:39:36

And the police detective's dad was dying?

IntermittentParps Thu 30-Jan-20 11:14:14

Yes. I wonder if he'll cark it in this next series. I'm on the fence about whether to watch; it was OK but it wasn't top-notch, was it? Wales looked rather beautiful though.

NewModelArmyMayhem18 Fri 31-Jan-20 08:32:21

It had a bit of a daytime TV vibe to it but I probably will watch it unless it clashes with something better.

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