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Forbrydelsen: The Killing (DR 2007-2012, Sofie Grabol)



Forbrydelsen aka The Killing is a superb Danish crime drama series following Detective Inspector Sarah Lund as she investigates a trio of baffling and dark murder mysteries. The series was hugely popular around the world and can be said to be the series that sparked off the whole Nordic Noir boom.

Each of the three seasons followed a single case from the initial crime through to the usually bitter end. Each season explored the crime from three different perspectives:- The police, the politicians and the families of the victims.

Lund becomes so focused on her search for the killers that everything else falls apart, including the relationship with her teenage son.

Each episode, give or take, takes place over the course of 24 hours. The beauty of the series, apart from the fabulous performances and scripts, is the way that it doesn’t ever go for the obvious. Mistakes are made and events don’t always play out how you think they will.

There was a US version made for AMC that ran from 2011-2014.

Forbrylsden Season One

Running for 20 episodes the first season sees Lund ready to move to Sweden to start a new life with her boyfriend. However on her last day at work she, along with Inspector Jan Meyer who is to take her place, are called to a crime scene that later leads to the discovery of the body of 19 year old Nanna Birk Larsen. Lund is unable to leave for Sweden until the case is solved.

Meanwhile prominent politician Troels Hartmann, who is in the middle of an election campaign, seems to be implicated in the murder when it’s discovered that one of his party cars was used to dump the body of Nanna. Nanna’s family, removalist Thies and his wife Pernille, struggle to come to terms with the crime.

Sofie Gråbøl as Inspector Sarah Lund
Søren Malling as Inspector Jan Meyer
Troels II Munk (episodes 1-11) as Chief Inspector Erik Buchard
Morten Suurballe (episodes 11-20) as Chief Inspector Lennart Brix
Lars Mikkelsen as Troels Hartmann
Bent Mejding as Mayor Poul Bremer
Marie Askehave as Rie Skovgaard
Bjarne Henriksen as Theis Birk Larsen
Ann Eleonora Jørgensen as Pernille Birk Larsen
Nicolaj Kopernikus as Vagn Skærbæk
Farshad Kholghi as Rama
Michael Moritzen as Morten Weber
Julie Ølgaard as Nanna Birk Larsen

Forbrylsden Season Two

In the second season (10 episodes) it’s two years later and Lund, having been demoted, is working for border police in the town of Fedser. However her old boss Lennart Brix brings her back into the fold when a military advisor is killed, supposedly by terrorists. When further soldiers, who all belonged to the same platoon, begin to turn up dead Lund realises that this is no straightforward case.

Meanwhile new Minister of Justice Thomas begins to believe his predecessor may have been involved in a massive cover up that could go all the way to the prime minister.

Sofie Gråbøl as Inspector Sarah Lund
Morten Suurballe as Chief Inspector Lennart Brix
Mikael Birkkjær as Inspector Ulrik Strange
Nicolas Bro as Justice Minister Thomas Buch
Kurt Ravn as Prime Minister Gert Grue Eriksen
Flemming Enevold as Colonel Torsten Jarnvig
Carsten Bjørnlund as Major Christian Søgaard
Ken Vedsegaard as Sergeant Jens Peter Raben
Stine Prætorius as Louise Raben
Preben Kristensen as Carsten Plough
Charlotte Guldberg as Karina Munk Jørgensen
Jens Jacob Tychsen as Erling Krabbe
Igor Radoslavjevic as Captain Said Bilal
Lotte Andersen as VPD Ruth Hedeby

Forbrylsden Season Three

In the third and final ten part season Sarah teams up with Special Branch officer (and former boyfriend) Mathias Borch when the young daughter of one of Denmark’s most prominent businessmen, Robert Zeuthen, is kidnapped.

Initially it looks like a straight kidnap for money case but it then becomes obvious that the kidnapping is payback for an unsolved murder that the kidnapper believes involved Zeuthen’s company Zeeland.

Once again a political campaign is in full swing as Prime Minister Kristian Kamper tries to get re-elected. The case, if it isn’t solved quickly, threatens to bring down the whole government.

Sofie Gråbøl as Chief Inspector Sarah Lund
Morten Suurballe as VPD Lennart Brix
Nikolaj Lie Kaas as Mathias Borch
Sigurd Holmen le Dous as Inspector Asbjørn Juncker
Anders W. Berthelsen as Robert Zeuthen
Helle Fagralid as Maja Zeuthen
Stig Hoffmeyer as Niels Reinhardt
Olaf Johannessen as Prime Minister Kristian Kamper
Jonatan Spang as Kristoffer “Stoffer” Kamper
Trine Pallesen as Karen Nebel
Tammi Øst as Birgit Eggert
Peter Mygind as Deputy Public Prosecutor Tage Steiner
Sara-Marie Maltha as Rosa Lebech

key behind the scenes crew
Søren Sveistrup as Creator
Sandra Foss as Producer
Piv Bernth as Producer

show type
Crime drama

broadcast from
7 January 2007 – 25 November 2012
3 seasons with 40 episodes in total

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Liberty Crossing (go90 2018, Ashley Argota, Adam Faison)




Liberty Crossing

In espionage tinged sitcom Liberty Crossing, a somewhat hopeless young intelligence analyst at the National Counterterrorism Center must untangle a terror plot whilst finding his feet amongst the office’s petty backstabbing and bureaucracy – while also dealing with his interfering family.

Liberty Crossing Cast

Ashley Argota as Abigail Abaya
Adam Faison as Mohammed Fayed
Shelley Hennig as Carly Ambrose
Pete Ploszek as Steven Hathaway
Calum Worthy as Aaron Adelman

premiere date
8 January 2018 on go90

number of episodes
8×25 minute episodes

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Absentia (AXN 2017, Stana Katic, Patrick Heusinger)





Thriller series Absentia is about FBI agent Emily Byrne (Stana Katic) who, while hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers, disappears without a trace and is declared dead. Six years later, she is found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive and with no memory of the years she was missing. Returning home to learn her husband has remarried and her son is being raised by another woman, she soon finds herself implicated in a new series of murders.

Stana Katic as Emily Byrne
Patrick Heusinger as Nick Durand
Cara Theobold as Alice Durand
Amber Agar as Ericsson
Angel Bonnani as Tommy Gibbs
Christopher Colquhoun as Agent Crown
Ralph Ineson as Adam Radford
Patrick McAuley as Flynn Durand
Borislava Stratieva as Violet
Neil Jackson as Jack Byrne

Matthew Cirulnick, Gaia Violo

premiere date
26 September 2017 on AXN

number of episodes
10×50 minute episodes

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Arctic Air (CBC 2012, Adam Beach, Pascale Hutton)




Arctic Air

Canadian TV show Arctic Air is a one-hour adventure series set in the booming Arctic, about a maverick airline and the unconventional family who runs it. On the ground, Bobby, the headstrong business partner, struggles to save the airline from crashing financially while Mel, the cantankerous co-owner, keeps his crew of pilots in the air. Caught in the crossfire is Mel’s hotshot pilot daughter Krista.

As the series progresses the character-based drama will deliver hard-hitting emotional stories – from the romantic entanglement of Bobby and Krista, to the conflicts that spark between Bobby and his competitors, his business partners and even his extended family. There’s a new gold rush heating up under the permafrost, and there are new fortunes of diamonds and oil to claim.

Adam Beach, Pascale Hutton, Kevin McNulty, Stephen Lobo, Carmen Moore, John Reardon, Timothy Webber, Emilie Ullerup, Tanaya Beatty,

Ian Weir, Michele McMahon

premiere date
11 January 2018 on CBC

number of episodes
35×50 minute episodes

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