Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Marathons: A Pure Indulgence (Part 2): Land of Fire and Ice

As I mentioned yesterday I absolutely love marathons and my current fetish seems to be for all things Scandinavian.

Personally I blame it all on The Killing.  That gripping murder mystery crime show which everyone is talking about.

I've been wanting to watch this show for absolutely ages.  But I kept putting it off... until recently.  And now that I've finally gotten around to watching it I've found myself hunting out further Scandinavian delights to add to my current winter marathon session.

There is just something about these shows that is so good and all are highly addictive, especially for a crime addict like myself.  For a good, eerie thriller you can do no wrong with a touch a Swede or Dane.  Tall, blonde, enigmatic men with an air of mystery and sadness and intense gazes that are guaranteed to melt your heart.

Vikings it seems are the best.  Then again I'm probably biased.

Wallander   

A Brit playing a Swede seems a unlikely thing but Kenneth Branagh manages to convey the loneliness and isolation of Wallander, the main character of this BBC adaption of Henning Mankell's books

Moody and haunting this British made version perfectly captures the quiet beauty of Sweden.

The Killing

A surprise Worldwide hit The Killing  captured the imagination of millions who can't seem to get enough of this Danish crime show.

Sadly only 3 seasons were made.  But 3 seasons are better than none

I'm currently half way through the 1st season and loving every minute.

The Bridge                       

"The body of a woman is found in the middle of the Oresund Bridge between Sweden and Denmark. Half the body belongs to a Swedish politician and the other half to a Danish prostitute. A bi-national team of inspectors is put together to solve the crime."

An American version is due to start screening in the US soon.

Borgen

"A political thriller set in the world of high-stakes Danish politic.  Birgitte Nyborg becomes Prime Minister of Denmark through a political fluke and has to learn the ways of power, quickly. She's an altruistic public servant in an old boys club and must master the art of the deal overnight, manage her image and perform the impossible juggling act of maintaining a family life."

 The Eagle: A Crime Odyssey

"In Denmark, a special unit is set up to fight cross-border crime throughout Scandinavia and to establish operational links with similar teams around the world. In Copenhagen, charismatic detective Hallgrim Hallgrimsson (called "The Eagle" for his unerring intuition) assembles a team of crime fighters equipped with the most advanced technology and high-tech weapons."

The Protectors

"In today's violent world, the lives of many politicians, industrialists, heads of state and other VIPs are often endangered. To counteract these threats, the Danish Intelligence Bureau established the elite Personal Protection Unit - a force of competent, quick-thinking and dedicated bodyguards. This Danish crime series centres around the lives and missions of these specialists, the people they protect and their enemies."

Headhunters

"Roger Brown appears to have it all as but, he is living above his means and is stealing art on the side. At a gallery opening he meets Clas Grev. Not only is Greve the perfect candidate for a position that Roger is recruiting for; he is also in possession of  one of the most sought-after paintings in modern art history. Roger sees his chance and starts planning his biggest theft ever.  But soon, he runs into big trouble and it’s not financial problems that are threatening to knock him over this time…"

Jackpot

"Oscar Svendsen wakes up, terrified and bloodied, a shotgun in his hands, in what was once a respectable strip joint near Svinesund, Sweden. He is surrounded by eight bodies, and police detective Sol r, who is convinced of his guilt, has a gun aimed at his chest. Reluctantly Oscar starts relating the incredible story of four men who won top prize in a soccer pool and suddenly found themselves a million kroner richer."

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