The best thing on TV is Danish

Denmark’s Forbrydelsen, “The Crime” but called “The Killing” in English, is fast achieving the almost universal acclaim of The Wire — every TV pundit in the UK seems to love it. It can never be The Wire, of course, but if you like proper grown-up crime drama, cast your eyes across the Kattegat and watch The Killing.

AMC’s version wasn’t that bad until they utterly ruined the series with a stupid, craven ending. Forbrydelsen I ended properly and season 2, now showing on the BBC, starts an entirely new story. Sarah Lund — whose Faroe Island sweaters have now kicked off an unlikely fashion craze — is boot-deep in an investigation involving the Danish army, political conspiracy, and a series of nasty murders. With Sweden’s Wallander also serving up a morbid portion of Scandinavian dysfunction and Sherlock ready to return to the BBC, European crime drama is very good right now.

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4 thoughts on “The best thing on TV is Danish

  1. “AMC’s version wasn’t that bad until they utterly ruined the series with a stupid, craven ending.”

    It sucked long before the finale. The LA Times blog did a good job summing up all of the ridiculous coincidences that happened during the investigation in order to sway suspicion towards or away from one suspect or another.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2011/05/the-killing-recap-what-a-coincidence.html

    It was near impossible to get “Forbrydelsen” here in the states until recently. Here it is on Amazon:

    I’ve heard the first season’s climax (the revealing of the killer) left many fans puzzled and disappointed, though.

  2. Ronan, I completely agree. The Danish Killing is so good. The first season was excellent and I’ve been enjoying the second season just as much. I was interested to read this week in the Telegraph that David Cameron has this show at the top of his list as well.

  3. I enjoyed the American version of the show but was disappointed by the ending of the season. I tried watching one episode of the Danish version (with subtitles) and thought it amazing how similar they were. Sort of hard to watch, though, having seen it already. I just love the two cop characters.

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