The Killing (2011)

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The Killing is a US remake of the Danish series which has had stellar reviews. The first two seasons of the US Killing didn’t really deviate from the Danish plot line, but started to do its own thing with seasons 3 and 4. The story involves the death of a young girl by the name of Rosie Larsen. Rosie was known around the city of Seattle, and it soon becomes apparent that there are many people who could have played a part in her death.

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Tasked with solving the murder are Sarah Linden played by Mireielle Enos and Holder played by Joel Kinnaman. They are a great partnership and the chemistry as friends is done very well. Holder has his own demons that he tackles with, as does Sarah.

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It was a tad frustrating that it wasn’t resolved at the end of season 1 and I think this had a crippling effect on its ratings, which I think went some way to explaining why Netflix paid for the production of seasons 3 and 4. That being said, the story is incredibly gripping and every member of the cast brings their A game. Stellar work. Seasons 1-3 are available for purchase now from all good stockists. Many thanks to Aim Publicity for providing the review copies.

5/5
JM

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Crimes of Passion (2014)

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Scandinavian drama is doing very, very well in the UK. Now adding to the long list is Crimes of Passion, based on the best selling novels by Swedish author Maria Lang. Starring Ola Rapace as Christer and Tuva Novotny as Puck, it’s a lavishly designed period drama/murder mystery.

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The set which has been kindly provided by the folks at Arrow Films, contains six feature length mysteries, packed to the gills with sex, intrigue and whodunit’s. Everyone is on top of their game, and the stories leave you really scratching your head until the final third. It’s currently being screened on BBC4 here in the UK, and has audiences responding really well. Tuva Novotny is great as Puck. She plays the part really well. Puck is attentive, yet strangely manages to always be in the right place at the right time. Her inquisitive nature is usually the key to cracking whatever mystery befalls her and her friends.

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It is a wonderful programme, very reminiscent of Midsomer Murders or even Inspector Morse, well to me anyway. The set is released on October 6th and is available to pre order from http://www.arrowfilms.co.uk now.

4/5

JM

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