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  • British people (in the probably not mistaken belief that English is the only language that matters) do not easily take to subtitles, but even the less educated royalty seem to have seized on the BBC's Saturday night offerings.

    In the recent years we have had Henning Mankell's noir, featuring two Swedish and one English Wallanders.

    The Danish series The Killing (Forbrydelsen), have been great successes. I know of people who have cancelled dinner engagements in order not to miss Borgen. Tonight we are holding our breath for TWO episodes of the new Swedish/Danish co-production of The Bridge.

    Those Who Kill was another nail-biting series which was aired on a minor channel.

    And there are at least 3 more Nordic Noir in the pipeline.

    Nesbø's Headhunter is now on the big screen. The Stig Larsson trilogy have attracted large audiences, even the American remakes, which, mercifully they did not relocate in Minnesota or ...
    Even the Italians have got in on the act; a couple of years back, they made a film of Karin Fossum's novel, calling it The Girl by the Lake.

    Of course we purists shudder at the thought of American re-makes - thankfully, they did not disappoint with their unfocused version of The Killing.

    Pic: Kenneth Branagh as Kurt.
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