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Good Scandi / other foreign crime series?

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RockingMyFiftiesNot Sun 15-Nov-20 18:58:42

Now we've overcome our dislike of subtitles, we've just enjoyed DNA and are enjoying 'The Bridge'. That'll keep us going for a while yet I know but while I'm thinking about it thought I'd ask for other recommendations. Particularly crime dramas/thrillers.
We have Netflix and Prime as well as the usual catch up.

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HopeClearwater Sun 15-Nov-20 19:03:00

The Killing and Borgen.

Nothing is as good as The Bridge though.

SleepingStandingUp Sun 15-Nov-20 19:04:45


Black lake

Tabular Rosa - that was AMAZING but it's not a straight crime drama

SleepingStandingUp Sun 15-Nov-20 19:05:35

As a Killing Eve fan I was esp excited about The Birdge. Were one episode from the end of series 1

throwaway100000 Sun 15-Nov-20 19:08:30

Have you watched Criminal on Netflix? It’s very good.

If you scroll down you’ll find the links to the Spanish/French/German counterparts

Svelteinmydreams Sun 15-Nov-20 19:10:28

Channel 4 ‘ Fear on the Lake’ is in French. It’s the 3rd series featuring some of the same cast and has a beautiful backdrop. In the Walter Presents range

rosegoldwatcher Sun 15-Nov-20 19:11:21

I have recommended this on many such threads - Bordertown on Netflix. Three series - set in Finland.

So very good.

JengaNonConfirming Sun 15-Nov-20 19:11:40

Border town, a Finnish drama on Netflix. It's brilliant.

PurpleDaisies Sun 15-Nov-20 19:12:55

I loved Tabula Rasa. Definitely try that.

Under the Surface is good too, especially the second series.

SeaKingdom Sun 15-Nov-20 19:13:24

As well as The Killing and Borgen, definitely Spiral.
We also enjoyed Wallander, Beck (more of a traditional mystery a week) Trapped, and Follow The Money

DazzlePaintedBattlePants Sun 15-Nov-20 19:13:46

If you don’t mind a film, try In Order of Disappearance.

rosegoldwatcher Sun 15-Nov-20 19:14:12

@Svelteinmydreams - thanks for the heads up. I have seen Vanished By... and Killer By...

Will investigate Fear On the Lake tout suite!

MotherForker Sun 15-Nov-20 19:14:51

Borgen and the Killing.

There are quite a few in Channel 4 catch up too, in the Walter presents series. Greyzone is one I enjoyed and The truth will out.

Defenbaker Sun 15-Nov-20 19:17:17

OP, I'm also enjoying The Bridge - it's brilliant. Currently they are showing the 4th series on BBC 4 - so if you have just tuned into that, maybe consider watching the first 3 series on iPlayer, because they are best watched in sequence.

The original Swedish version of Wallander is also excellent. Actually there are two different Swedish versions, with different actors playing the title role - I don't remember their names but the more mature actor of the two is absolutely superb. (I didn't like the English version with Kenneth Branagh though.)

Svelteinmydreams Sun 15-Nov-20 19:17:36

@rosegoldwatcher 😁Welcome

kennelmaid Sun 15-Nov-20 19:19:19

A good thriller I really enjoyed is Twin, a Norwegian drama. On Netflix I think, but could also be Amazon or BBCiplayer.

Madbengalmum Sun 15-Nov-20 19:19:59

Spirale - my personal fave
All good though.

kennelmaid Sun 15-Nov-20 19:21:44


Agree about Wallander - Krister Henriksson is the actor I liked in the role of Kurt.

Tonightstheteriyakichicken Sun 15-Nov-20 19:21:56

On BBC iplayer, "Twin" - Norwegian, modern day, two adult twin brothers, (played by one actor), and what happens when one dies in an accident. Lots of tension, great scenery.

Intrigued by mentions of "Bordertown", thanks.

Tonightstheteriyakichicken Sun 15-Nov-20 19:24:19

Oops, sorry kennelmaid, didn't see you had recommended 'Twin' just now!

Madbengalmum Sun 15-Nov-20 19:26:14

Not so bothered about Twin.

Witnesses- A frozen death is very good too.

Madbengalmum Sun 15-Nov-20 19:28:23

Spirale is the best of the lot apart from The Bridge. Brilliant cast.

Thereluctantstepmother Sun 15-Nov-20 19:29:10

So jealous that you have t watched The Bridge in full yet. You won’t be disappointed!

ICouldHaveCheckedFirst Sun 15-Nov-20 19:32:25

I second Trapped (Iceland) and Follow the Money (Denmark). I think there are 2 series of each. FTM was especially good, IMO

If you want some sunshine to contrast with the Scandinavian gloom, try Mystery Road (Australia) . Second series features Sofia Helin from The Bridge (She's also in a 1970s spy series set in East & West Berlin - Ch4).

Madbengalmum Sun 15-Nov-20 19:33:46

Icouldhave, yes, I remember follow the money was good too.

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