It’s so easy to get caught up in the excitement of ‘Nordic Noir’ and its popularity over here, it’s easy to overlook another question: what TV of ours is popular in Scandinavia?
ITV’s Midsomer Murders, it turns out. Yes, that everyday story of a quiet English village, the population of which gets culled every episode in the most extraordinary ways, is ‘big over there’, at least in Denmark. So in acknowledgement of that fact, for the programme’s 100th episode, Midsomer Murders is leaving England and indeed Britain for the first time and heading over to Denmark.
Given the popularity of Nordic Noir over here, though, it seems appropriate that a few familiar faces from Danish TV would pop up in this episode. So watch this lovely trailer for the aptly titled The Killings of Copenhagen and see if you can spot a whole bunch of faces familiar from Nordic Noir shows, including Ann Eleonora Jørgensen from The Killing and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen from Borgen. In case you’re wondering, in the UK, it’ll air on ITV1 on February 12th at 8pm.
For even more info, Broadcast has a nice behind-the-scenes write-up of the episode.