BBC4 announces new international crime acquisitions

BBC Four has announced three new foreign-language drama series: Crimes Of Passion, a Swedish crime series set in the 1950s, Hostages, an Israeli thriller series, and 1864, a Danish historical drama series (the latter starring a certain Sidse Babett Knudsen – further information available here).

The BBC4 press release gives the following details about the two crime acquisitions:

>> Crimes Of Passion (6 x 90-minute episodes)

With love, sex, intrigue, betrayal, secrets, lies – and murder – Crimes Of Passion is based on the popular crime novels of author Maria Lang. Set in the 1950s in the magically beautiful region of Bergslagen, Sweden, these entertaining whodunnits follow amateur sleuth Puck Ekstedt and fiancé Einar Bure, along with police superintendent Christer Wijk, in their quest to reveal the murderous intent beneath the seemingly idyllic surroundings – where the killer is always one of the community. [You can see a clip here. Shades of Agatha Christie and Midsomer Murders?]

Made by Pampas Produktion AB, Crimes Of Passion is executive produced by Johan Mardell, produced by Reneé Axö and directed by Birger Larsen, Christian Eklöw, Christopher Panov, Molly Hartleb and Peter Schildt.

Hostages (10 x 60-minute episodes)

Hostages is an intense psychological crime-thriller about a renowned surgeon who has been asked to perform a routine operation on the president of Israel. The night before the procedure, her family is taken hostage and she is ordered to sabotage the operation and kill the president – or her family will die. Her battle to save both her family and the president takes us on a journey in which everyone is fighting for survival. [Ooh, this looks good – see the trailer here. A rare and welcome chance to hear some Hebrew too. The American remake  – because of course it had to be remade in English – has just aired on CBS with Toni Collette in the leading role].

Hostages

Cast of the Israeli series Bnei Aruba / Hostages

Hostages is created by Rotem Shamir and Omri Givon and produced by Haim Sharir. Avi Armoza of Armoza Formats says: “We are proud to represent the first-ever Israeli series to air on the BBC, and believe that the BBC is the perfect home for this highly acclaimed drama.”

BBC Four viewers can also look forward to season two of The Bridge, new Belgian conspiracy thriller Salamander, season three of Wallander, and home-grown dramas Hinterland from Wales and Amber from Ireland [about the disappearance of a teenage girl]. <<

No start date has been given for The Bridge as yet as far as I’m aware, but hopefully we won’t be made to wait for too long now.

UPDATE: Well, the BBC must have heard me! It’s been confirmed that The Bridge 2 will air on Saturday 4th January 2014 at 9pm. Rejoice!

See http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2014/01/the-bridge.html

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32 Responses to BBC4 announces new international crime acquisitions

  1. andylawrence71 says:

    Reblogged this on euro but not trash.

  2. MarinaSofia says:

    Looking good. And, of course, Homeland was originally an Israeli series, wasn’t it? I think they have more experience than most with tense environments, so it should be interesting…

  3. I enjoyed Maria Lang’s A WREATH FOR THE BRIDE and would love to see the CRIMES OF PASSION series. MIDSOMER MURDERS was on German TV, so maybe there is hope.

    • Mrs P. says:

      Thanks, Gesine – so was it the original book that you enjoyed, or was the TV adaptation of A Wreath for the Bride?

      Ah, the march of Midsomer Murders continues – there’s probably no country immune to its rather odd charms (I just hope Germans don’t think life in the UK is really like that!).

      • I read the English translation by Joan Tate, Mrs P.
        A pleasant midsummery atmosphere is all I remember. According to the dust jacket her Chief Inspector Christopher Wick is “urbane, witty, and deadly effective“ and has “a following second to none among aficionados”.

        As to Midsomer Murders – of course we think there is a corner in the UK where life is exactly like that. Cups of tea, cricket, vicars and the odd murder. Though I must admit it’s been some time since watched the series.

      • Mrs P. says:

        Thanks, Gesine. I might try to have a little read before seeing the adaptation, to get a feel for the writing.

        Midsomer Murders: a rather high body count given the idyllic setting!

  4. Arlenne says:

    Thanks. Hostages reboot made in US is a dud. Maybe this version will be better.

    • Mrs P. says:

      Am hoping it will be good, Arlenne. The trailer is promising, but it’s quite a long concept to sustain over 10 episodes, so we’ll have to see. Sorry to hear that the US version isn’t so great – I like Toni Collette.

  5. Arlenne says:

    Is Salamander based on a book in one of the ‘J Robert James’ series? Thanks.

  6. Thanks, Mrs. P, for this great news. I’d love to see these series go even more international…

    • Mrs P. says:

      I know, Margot. It’s a bit cruel of me to dangle all these delights before those of you in the States. I hope they reach you in some shape or form soon.

  7. Brian r bird says:

    So what’s happened to the De Lucer series?

  8. Blighty says:

    OooOOh The Bridge, I loved the first series, exciting! Great news.

  9. kathy.p says:

    So glad that the return of Wallander, and The Bridge are imminent (well nearly anyway). But the new series are also looking very interesting as well. Hostages, really thrilling, and Crimes of Passion as has been said, very Midsomer Murders, and a Danish historical drama too. All looking very good.

  10. kathy d. says:

    I am turning an awful shade of green here with envy. Hope these series end up over here on PBS or BBCA or any channel, frankly.

  11. Wonderful news, looking forward to catching some of these at least, and can’t wait for series two of The Bridge. Thank you for sharing all this.

  12. Claire Duffy says:

    I loved The Bridge too, and am pleased it got a second series as it got a bit of a lukewarm reception here – I supposed they’re rather spoiled when it comes to crime drama ;-) Looking forward to the third series of Wallander too, it’s ironic that I have to wait for it to come out on the BBC as Swedish TV annoyingly doesn’t provide subtitles!

    • Mrs P. says:

      Interesting to hear, Claire. I thought the first series had a few flaws, but to be honest they didn’t ever interfere with my desire to watch. Can’t wait to see Saga and Martin again.

      So how is your Swedish coming on? Have you found it an easy language to learn? The promise of being able to watch Wallander in the original must be a powerful incentive!

      • Claire Duffy says:

        I agree, I thoroughly enjoyed it – I think the reception here might have been just that, like so many countries, they’re a bit dismissive of their own stuff!

        It’s coming… It’s not too difficult to learn enough to understand, so I do watch the crime dramas when they first air, then again when the bbc snaps them up so I can catch all the details My Swedish missed!

      • Mrs P. says:

        Ah, those Swedes are spoiled for choice!

        Watching twice over sounds like an excellent idea – I bet it helps your language learning no end. Very jealous :)

  13. andywiz says:

    All of the shows named here are available (with English subtitles) if you know where to look. I posted The Bridge in several places. Doesn’t take much to find it.

    • Mrs P. says:

      I don’t doubt you’re right, Andy. Interestingly, I’m not tempted in tracking these programmes down online ahead of time. I enjoy the buzz leading up to the airing of a series, and the collective experience of watching on the sofa on a Saturday night. So I think I’ll hang on for a bit…

  14. andywiz says:

    Oops, except Bnei Aruba (Hostages) so far only Hebrew subs.

  15. Brian r bird says:

    merry Xmas Mrs P. 2 Scandi films on over the festive period, if like me you have a dark sense of humour! On Xmas eve ‘Rare exports from the land of the original Santa Clauss’! Yes a real mouthful bit an excellent Finnish film, based on the legend of you know who, deffinatatly no ho Ho Ho! Then on Xmas day ‘ The Troll Hunters’ a brilliant Norwegian spoof of Blair witch project. Not your normal scandi fare, but all the better for it. both are on late, Film 4. Sham BBC4 aren’t showing them, not been at all impressed with there imports this summer. Repeats of repeats, the Italian version of Midsomer Murders, & as for Borgon, untill that actor from the killing appeard, I
    beleave he’s playing a baddy in the new series of Sherlock, it wasn’t worth watching, as for that
    awful British actor, yuc, yuc. We need original local programs not stuff with the British market in
    mind. Anyway enjoy the festive period.

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