Thanks BBC 4. Your re-run of the Danish crime-drama, The Killing, has left me glued to the screen four nights a week, trying to understand foreign local politics and domestic dysfunction. Actually, there’s so much to this series that any kind of summary is laughable, so I won’t even try.
Without ruining any of the numerous plot threads which tangle elegantly, such as those making up female detective Sarah Lund’s many wonderfully tactile looking jumpers, this series follows a murder investigation into the death of a 19 year old girl.
Themes of corruption, public versus private spheres, the domestic and the professional, as well as a sense of a loss of innocence, pervade the drama. With some ambiguous and multi-faceted characters added to the mix, Forbrydelsen is surely one of the best things I’ve seen all year.
Don’t watch the American re-make if you’ve got any sense. And yes, I know, I’m jumping onto a bandwagon here, and I’m late at that, but it had to be said.
Watch The Killing. Worth staying in for.