The Downward Spiral

Having spent many nights gripped by series like The Killing (the Scandinavian version) and The Bridge (another Danish export) I was delighted to find a new European crime series to keep me up at nights Engrenages, otherwise known by its English title ‘Spiral’, is a French detective series currently available to stream on Netflix (which …

Poster Power

A few years ago graphic artist Albert Exergian did a series of minimalist posters for famous TV series. I think they still hold up and it makes wonder why people don’t do more limited edition graphic images like this. They’re simple and charming and require just a little thought to work out, making them all …

Ace in the Hole

It’s about time the outrageous monopoly of cable TV stations was challenged and finally Netflix have come up with a viable alternative Their streaming of the excellent ‘House of Cards’ is a masterstroke. How many would pay 100 bucks for a decent cable package each month, when 11.99 gets them unlimited films and now possibly …

Only Connect: Lessons from ‘The Bridge’

    A body is found on the Oresund Bridge connecting Denmark to Sweden. On further examination it’s discovered that this body has been cut in half and even more strangely the two halves belong to two different people. So starts the latest finely worked crime drama from Scandinavia ‘The Bridge’. It turns out that …

What’s Danish for sophomore slump?

It pains me to say that as much as I love Lund and her Copenhagen policing colleagues, I have to report that I found the 2nd series of The Killing not a patch on the first. Really the issue is one of originality. You kind of feel you’ve seen the ‘corrupt politicians covering up murder …

Sarah Lund, bitch with a badge.

One of the many things you need to avoid in life apart from steamed broccoli and any show that encourages celebrities to dance, is being the partner of Detective Lund of the Copenhagen police force. It seems everyone around her either ends up dead or fired. This would be fine if she made up for …

The Killing versus The Killing

If someone was to have told you thirty years ago that Scandinavia was going to be home to the world’s best crime fiction, they would probably be arrested for crimes against common sense. Yet here we are with Jo Nesbo and Stig Larssen all over the airport bookstores and Wallander all over our TV screens. …

Brain Dead

There are two villains in the modern world that we are allowed to hate without reservation, Nazis/racists (boo! Hiss!) and zombies. Vampires, shape shifters and werewolves have all been made cool and sexy by True blood. Zombies however are stupid, smelly and one-dimensional. All they want to do is eat brains. This gives us license …