It seems like British TV now obeys some sort of 'law of conservation of Nordic Noir' - when one show disappears, another must come to replace it. As a result of said law, for example, with Iceland's Ófærð (Trapped) now done on BBC Four (no spoilers!), Denmark's Bedrag (Follow the Money) is being thrust forward to take its place.
But what's that you say? Norway's Okkupert (Occupied) has just finished on Sky Arts? Does that mean the law's broken? Not at all, you doubter of science. Because coming to More4/Walter Presents next Friday is Sweden's Blå Ögon (Blue Eyes). Synopsis time:
In the lead-up to the national elections, Sweden is thrown into a state of unrest. When politician Annika Nilsson is found murdered, her daughter Sofia launches her own investigation to discover the truth. With her mother’s right-wing views on the government in contention, Sofia unearths an extremist plot that links the right-wing political party ‘Trygghetspartiet’ with the terrorist movement, known as Veritas.
Meanwhile, in the Ministry of Justice, Elin Hammar (Louise Peterhoff - The Bridge III) is appointed as the new Chief of Staff for the Ministry of Justice. However, Elin becomes aware that something is not quite right in her department. Important documents go missing and the fact her predecessor has vanished under unexplained circumstances raises questions. As Elin’s curiosity and fear pull her deeper into the unknown, she is lured to the town where Annika Nilsson lived, Uddevalla.
Along with Sofia, Elin’s suspicions unveil a bizarre conspiracy that points to her predecessor’s sudden disappearance. As the election gains momentum and a series of terrorist attacks erupt across the capital, Veritas sets its sights on the climax to its cataclysmic campaign: the bombing of the Stockholm Stock Exchange.
Blue Eyes stars Louise Peterhoff, Sven Nordin, Karin Franz Körlof and Kjell Wilhelmsen.
Here's your typically uninformative More4 trailer:
Here's the trailer from when it aired on Sweden's SVT1 back in 2014. Your Swedish had better be good to cope with it. I tried YouTube's auto-subtitles for it… which were in French. That was a total mind f*ck, as I doubt the country's problems with China have anything to do with some woman's husband. Although you never know.
And here's the helpfully subtitled trailer put out by the international distributor that'll leave you a lot saner than the previous one.
- April 2, 2016: What have you been watching? Including Banshee, Blå Ögon (Blue Eyes), The Catch, Supergirl and The Americans
The TV I watched in the week ending Saturday 2nd April 2016