Summary of New European Drama Series coming to the UK-quoted directly from The Independent article of the title-my notes underneath & in brackets

“Summary of  New European series coming to the UK”:
quoted from The Independent Article of this title.
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1864 (Danish)
(BBC4 or Channel number 107 on Virgin TV)
“The state broadcaster which brought us The Killing and Borgen moves into lavish historical drama, with the traumatic war against Bismark’s Prussia that led to Denmark losing half its territory. Familiar faces include Mads Mikkelsen and Borgen’s Sidse Babett Knudsen and Pilou Asbaek”.
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Crimes of Passion (Swedish) 
(BBC4)
“Fifties Sweden is the setting for these murder mysteries based on the books of Maria Lang – aka “the Agatha Christie of Sweden”. Described as Mad Men meets The Killing, the protagonists are a husband-and-wife sleuths and their best friend, a Stockholm police inspector”.

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Inspector De Luca (Italian)
(BBC4)
“Based on the novels of Carlo Lucarelli and set in Bologna during the tumultuous years of Mussolini’s dictatorship, De Luca is an  investigator whose brutal honesty and uncompromising character may help him solve crimes, but combined with his love for women, also gets him into trouble…”

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Hostages (Israeli) 
(BBC4)
“The Israeli original of Homeland was more  authentic and raw than the feted US remake,  and the same goes for the Hebrew-language template for CBS’s Hostages, about a surgeon whose family is kidnapped in order to make  her assassinate the country’s president  during routine surgery”.

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Mammon- (Norwegian) 
(coming to More 4 Channel or Channel number 147 on Virgin TV)

“Described as an All the President’s Men-style thriller, Jon Oigarden plays a journalist  investigating financial fraud at a multinational who finds his own family is involved, ruining his career and family relations – and putting  his life at risk”.

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My Notes:
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Hostages (Bei Aruba in Hebrew)
I have notes on this series coming to BBC4 at the bottom of my write up on the American remake of Hostages here.  I also mention the excellent Israeli series Hatufim, which i have several write-ups on here.
Bei Aruba will be entitled Hostages and will be in Hebrew with English subtitles.

Hatufim was the original Israel series mentioned in the above quoted Independent article upon which Homeland was based.  It’s name in English was Prisoners Of war.  My reviews can be found under my then miss-spelling of the title as Hatifum.

Mammon
When researching this recently to try and find out when it starts (no answer other than “later in 2014”) i encountered a serious plot spoiler in the previews which i would really rather have not known up front.

The stills for Mammon show a twinkling and beautiful Norwegian cityscape at night, Oslo perhaps. Superimposed upon this picture is the  face of the hero, Jon, with a subtly be-stubbled beard and a serious and thoughtful air.  Mammon is looking good.

Of all of these series listed i am going to look out for Mammon and Hostages.  Oh and Les Revenants of course.  See below.

Nb.  None of these series listed above give a date at the time of writing.   With the exception of Mammon and Les Revanants (those two being respectively on More 4 &  Channel 4) one of those listed above is likely to follow on from Salamander on BBC4.

In other news:

Les Revenants/ The Returned is coming back to Channel 4-or on Channel number 104 on Virgin TV-yey!
Series 2 of Les Revenants is also described as starting:
 “later in 2014”
This happening is described as “Channel 4 winning the rights to Les Revenants” as if they entered a competition, jousting perhaps.

BBC4 also tell us that:
other upcoming series are:
Season Three of Wallander and home-grown dramas Hinterland from Wales and Amber from Ireland.”

I was briefly excited about the new Wallander series until i remembered that my favourite Wallander (and best ever in my opinion) Henrik Kristersson, definitely said he would not be doing any more Wallander.

I read about Hinterland-it has been bought for Danish TV where it is subtitled in Danish and left in it’s original Welsh.  However for BBC4 they have dubbed it in English!  Tres’ daft.

Summary of New European Drama Series coming to the UK-quoted directly from The Independent article of the title-my notes underneath & in brackets

“Summary of  New European series coming to the UK”:
quoted from The Independent Article of this title.
***
1864 (Danish)
(BBC4 or Channel number 107 on Virgin TV)
“The state broadcaster which brought us The Killing and Borgen moves into lavish historical drama, with the traumatic war against Bismark’s Prussia that led to Denmark losing half its territory. Familiar faces include Mads Mikkelsen and Borgen’s Sidse Babett Knudsen and Pilou Asbaek”.
***

Crimes of Passion (Swedish) 
(BBC4)
“Fifties Sweden is the setting for these murder mysteries based on the books of Maria Lang – aka “the Agatha Christie of Sweden”. Described as Mad Men meets The Killing, the protagonists are a husband-and-wife sleuths and their best friend, a Stockholm police inspector”.

***

Inspector De Luca (Italian)
(BBC4)
“Based on the novels of Carlo Lucarelli and set in Bologna during the tumultuous years of Mussolini’s dictatorship, De Luca is an  investigator whose brutal honesty and uncompromising character may help him solve crimes, but combined with his love for women, also gets him into trouble…”

***

Hostages (Israeli) 
(BBC4)
“The Israeli original of Homeland was more  authentic and raw than the feted US remake,  and the same goes for the Hebrew-language template for CBS’s Hostages, about a surgeon whose family is kidnapped in order to make  her assassinate the country’s president  during routine surgery”.

***
Mammon- (Norwegian) 
(coming to More 4 Channel or Channel number 147 on Virgin TV)

“Described as an All the President’s Men-style thriller, Jon Oigarden plays a journalist  investigating financial fraud at a multinational who finds his own family is involved, ruining his career and family relations – and putting  his life at risk”.

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My Notes:
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Hostages (Bei Aruba in Hebrew)
I have notes on this series coming to BBC4 at the bottom of my write up on the American remake of Hostages here.  I also mention the excellent Israeli series Hatufim, which i have several write-ups on here.
Bei Aruba will be entitled Hostages and will be in Hebrew with English subtitles.

Hatufim was the original Israel series mentioned in the above quoted Independent article upon which Homeland was based.  It’s name in English was Prisoners Of war.  My reviews can be found under my then miss-spelling of the title as Hatifum.

Mammon
When researching this recently to try and find out when it starts (no answer other than “later in 2014”) i encountered a serious plot spoiler in the previews which i would really rather have not known up front.

The stills for Mammon show a twinkling and beautiful Norwegian cityscape at night, Oslo perhaps. Superimposed upon this picture is the  face of the hero, Jon, with a subtly be-stubbled beard and a serious and thoughtful air.  Mammon is looking good.

Of all of these series listed i am going to look out for Mammon and Hostages.  Oh and Les Revenants of course.  See below.

Nb.  None of these series listed above give a date at the time of writing.   With the exception of Mammon and Les Revanants (those two being respectively on More 4 &  Channel 4) one of those listed above is likely to follow on from Salamander on BBC4.

In other news:

Les Revenants/ The Returned is coming back to Channel 4-or on Channel number 104 on Virgin TV-yey!
Series 2 of Les Revenants is also described as starting:
 “later in 2014”
This happening is described as “Channel 4 winning the rights to Les Revenants” as if they entered a competition, jousting perhaps.

BBC4 also tell us that:
other upcoming series are:
Season Three of Wallander and home-grown dramas Hinterland from Wales and Amber from Ireland.”

I was briefly excited about the new Wallander series until i remembered that my favourite Wallander (and best ever in my opinion) Henrik Kristersson, definitely said he would not be doing any more Wallander.

I read about Hinterland-it has been bought for Danish TV where it is subtitled in Danish and left in it’s original Welsh.  However for BBC4 they have dubbed it in English!  Tres’ daft.

Note to My Readers of a New Series-True Detective-Sky Atlantic Channel in the UK-Saturday @ 9pm

Note to my Readers of a New Series

True Detective-Sky Atlantic Channel

This starts on Saturday, today, 22nd February @9pm

This is an American series which started several weeks ago on HBO (Home Box Office) Channel.  I have glowing reviews both verbal and written on True Detective.

It is set in Louisiana in the present day and concerns two Detectives played by Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. The story centres around a murder case that both Detectives worked on in 1995 when they were partners.  The two men are being questioned over the case in the present day and there is a suspicion that they may have not got the killer or the right killer.

There is the usual horrific dead body of a murdered girl.  This time apparently with antlers on her head.  What will they think of next,  a Christmas tree perhaps with branches poking through her eyes?  Being Lousiana I guess that really cool blues music will have to play throughout.

However i do love a Southern accent.  & Have always rated Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.   Matthew McConaughey being mainly confined to Romantic comedies purely on the basis of his handsomeness.

I note that paper reviewers are already comparing True Detective to The Wire.

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Note to My Readers of a New Series-True Detective-Sky Atlantic Channel in the UK-Saturday @ 9pm

Note to my Readers of a New Series

True Detective-Sky Atlantic Channel

This starts on Saturday, today, 22nd February @9pm

This is an American series which started several weeks ago on HBO (Home Box Office) Channel.  I have glowing reviews both verbal and written on True Detective.

It is set in Louisiana in the present day and concerns two Detectives played by Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. The story centres around a murder case that both Detectives worked on in 1995 when they were partners.  The two men are being questioned over the case in the present day and there is a suspicion that they may have not got the killer or the right killer.

There is the usual horrific dead body of a murdered girl.  This time apparently with antlers on her head.  What will they think of next,  a Christmas tree perhaps with branches poking through her eyes?  Being Lousiana I guess that really cool blues music will have to play throughout.

However i do love a Southern accent.  & Have always rated Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson.   Matthew McConaughey being mainly confined to Romantic comedies purely on the basis of his handsomeness.

I note that paper reviewers are already comparing True Detective to The Wire.

***

Salamander-Episode 2-Some spoilers-BBC4 or Channel number 107 on Virgin TV Saturdays @9pm in the UK

Salamander Episode 2

So Salamander is shaping up nicely.  I am learning the Flemish words for the days of the week which are shown as the action progresses.  Woensdag being Wednesday and Donderdag is Thursday.  How cool is that?

These words sound reminiscent of Danish and Swedish I think and German too, since Freitag is German for Friday.  Flemish is hard to pick up otherwise so far.  No instant additions such as “Ah” in Swedish for yes which i have secretly adopted. With obviously nobody noticing since they presumably think i am just saying “Ah”.  Oh well.

Still, i digress.  Yes, Paul Geradi, to give him his full name and correct spelling is still on the run.

I could have sworn Geradi had already broken into another car already but no, he drives away from (near) the Monastery in his same car.  Although he starts off in the Opal white van with his not so bezzie friend Karl, the Priest.  I’m confused.

Our stereotypes are shattered as i waver between trusting Karl or not as we discover his past and precisely the function of the Unit P9.

However life at the Monastery seems pretty good,  The Monks get to drink beer, play pool and even have internet.  As we see an interestingly circular snail shaped back to the monitor whilst Geradi logs on.  I couldn’t help thinking this will all be traced and Brother Fraser will be next.  Since he now has the mysterious photograph, obviously war related, dated 1944.

Plus we are introduced to the plotter behind the robbery who reminded me of the head of the A Team back in the day who smiles largely at the mostly silent head bank robber.  Then the plotter places a significant bullet carefully and reverentially in front of a framed photograph.  Yes, that photograph.

We also discover from Mrs Rasenberg who has nicely dispelled the boring lack of gumption so far from Mrs. Geradi, that Salamander is some kind of club.  More details are cut off by the early return of her husband the Senator who shortly goes off for a mysterious meeting with a Salamander tie pin in place.  Just where could he be going?!

Mrs. Rasenberg is going on a quest.  The one Mrs. Geradi should have gone on.  The quest that it looks like Sophie has gone on too. Plus there is a mysterious staring woman lurking behind ever corner watching Mrs. Rasenberg who is instructed to spy on her by Mr. Rasenberg.

It might have been the cut of her dress but i suspected a dalliance between the staring servant and Mr. Rasenberg reflected in a bit of a bump of her tummy.

Still, i like Mrs. Rasenberg and she may well be Geradi’s only hope since things aren’t looking too good.  As not having been questioned at all to find out what Geradi knows, he is blindfolded and taken away.  By the two hapless Ministry of Justice men who we now know to be the deadly Unit P9.

The silent partner of the two Ministry men with black hair is incredibly stylish and spends all day gazing in Stasi like thrall at surveillance screens and taped conversations.  He looks like the hero from a French 1950’s movie.

Meanwhile Sarah,Geradi’s wife, a biblical name, as Mr Persigal muses, mainly shouts a lot down the phone.  Then clamps herself unnervingly quickly to the body of Karl, the Priest who appears at her door.

 Unfortunately i took against Mrs. Geradi, Sarah,right from the beginning although i told myself to give her a chance.  All on the basis of her horrific off colour lipstick.  It looks like i was right all along.

I’m sorry, but that colour, it’s just so wrong.  There are very few women who can carry off red lipstick and Sarah isn’t one of them.  Plus it isn’t even a proper red.  It’s a wrong red.  There, I’ve said it.

So the lines of original expectation are all blurred. Mr. Persigal (who i have decided is Flemish for Mr. Percival ) i originally thought was evil,  is possibly not and may well be dispatched himself.  However he appears to have given orders for Geradi’s demise.

The two Ministry of Justice/ P9 men are appearing almost sympathetic and Karl the Priest is definitely not clear cut in motive.  Will Geradi and the longevity of his enviable blue cardigan survive?

& What exactly is the purpose of Salamander?  Could it be for good, rather than the expected evil presumed?  Is it all to do with World War II?  Salamander could have been formed post war, this would fit with the ages of the members we saw.

It is all tres mysteriuse.

Nb. Belgium, as i wondered last week whether they had a Queen, have in fact a King, King Phillipe he is called.

One small bugbear is the repeated flash up photos on screen reminding us that each large envelope received from the taciturn bank robber comes from the safe.  We know that.

There is also something a little sterile about Salamander, a lack of atmosphere somehow.  I don’t quite know why.  Perhaps it is gathering pace.  I suppose that just watching Geradi drive around and look grumpy a lot of the time palls after a while.

The dialogue is sparse.  The sumptuousness of the rooms and settings fill in a lot of spaces for me.  We shall see.

Another amusing scene with the two Ministry men is when Sarah, pissed off at being followed and the shenanigans with Sophie, gets out of her car and marches angrily towards the two men in their parked car, watching the women as usual.  As Sarah moves towards the men’s car they reverse backwards, then stop.

Looking glumly up at Sarah, the two men sit in silence.  Sarah glowers some more and having stopped too, starts walking angrily towards the car again.  The men reverse backwards a small distance and stop.  so does Sarah, angrily glaring at the men.  The men look back at her.

This procedure is repeated several times, much to my hilarity on watching this slapstick Charlie Chaplinesque scene.

Sarah has gone all lioness, protecting her cub, marching down the parked car like it was a metal predator. Perhaps she has some gumption after all.

Salamander-Episode 2-Some spoilers-BBC4 or Channel number 107 on Virgin TV Saturdays @9pm in the UK

Salamander Episode 2

So Salamander is shaping up nicely.  I am learning the Flemish words for the days of the week which are shown as the action progresses.  Woensdag being Wednesday and Donderdag is Thursday.  How cool is that?

These words sound reminiscent of Danish and Swedish I think and German too, since Freitag is German for Friday.  Flemish is hard to pick up otherwise so far.  No instant additions such as “Ah” in Swedish for yes which i have secretly adopted. With obviously nobody noticing since they presumably think i am just saying “Ah”.  Oh well.

Still, i digress.  Yes, Paul Geradi, to give him his full name and correct spelling is still on the run.

I could have sworn Geradi had already broken into another car already but no, he drives away from (near) the Monastery in his same car.  Although he starts off in the Opal white van with his not so bezzie friend Karl, the Priest.  I’m confused.

Our stereotypes are shattered as i waver between trusting Karl or not as we discover his past and precisely the function of the Unit P9.

However life at the Monastery seems pretty good,  The Monks get to drink beer, play pool and even have internet.  As we see an interestingly circular snail shaped back to the monitor whilst Geradi logs on.  I couldn’t help thinking this will all be traced and Brother Fraser will be next.  Since he now has the mysterious photograph, obviously war related, dated 1944.

Plus we are introduced to the plotter behind the robbery who reminded me of the head of the A Team back in the day who smiles largely at the mostly silent head bank robber.  Then the plotter places a significant bullet carefully and reverentially in front of a framed photograph.  Yes, that photograph.

We also discover from Mrs Rasenberg who has nicely dispelled the boring lack of gumption so far from Mrs. Geradi, that Salamander is some kind of club.  More details are cut off by the early return of her husband the Senator who shortly goes off for a mysterious meeting with a Salamander tie pin in place.  Just where could he be going?!

Mrs. Rasenberg is going on a quest.  The one Mrs. Geradi should have gone on.  The quest that it looks like Sophie has gone on too. Plus there is a mysterious staring woman lurking behind ever corner watching Mrs. Rasenberg who is instructed to spy on her by Mr. Rasenberg.

It might have been the cut of her dress but i suspected a dalliance between the staring servant and Mr. Rasenberg reflected in a bit of a bump of her tummy.

Still, i like Mrs. Rasenberg and she may well be Geradi’s only hope since things aren’t looking too good.  As not having been questioned at all to find out what Geradi knows, he is blindfolded and taken away.  By the two hapless Ministry of Justice men who we now know to be the deadly Unit P9.

The silent partner of the two Ministry men with black hair is incredibly stylish and spends all day gazing in Stasi like thrall at surveillance screens and taped conversations.  He looks like the hero from a French 1950’s movie.

Meanwhile Sarah,Geradi’s wife, a biblical name, as Mr Persigal muses, mainly shouts a lot down the phone.  Then clamps herself unnervingly quickly to the body of Karl, the Priest who appears at her door.

 Unfortunately i took against Mrs. Geradi, Sarah,right from the beginning although i told myself to give her a chance.  All on the basis of her horrific off colour lipstick.  It looks like i was right all along.

I’m sorry, but that colour, it’s just so wrong.  There are very few women who can carry off red lipstick and Sarah isn’t one of them.  Plus it isn’t even a proper red.  It’s a wrong red.  There, I’ve said it.

So the lines of original expectation are all blurred. Mr. Persigal (who i have decided is Flemish for Mr. Percival ) i originally thought was evil,  is possibly not and may well be dispatched himself.  However he appears to have given orders for Geradi’s demise.

The two Ministry of Justice/ P9 men are appearing almost sympathetic and Karl the Priest is definitely not clear cut in motive.  Will Geradi and the longevity of his enviable blue cardigan survive?

& What exactly is the purpose of Salamander?  Could it be for good, rather than the expected evil presumed?  Is it all to do with World War II?  Salamander could have been formed post war, this would fit with the ages of the members we saw.

It is all tres mysteriuse.

Nb. Belgium, as i wondered last week whether they had a Queen, have in fact a King, King Phillipe he is called.

One small bugbear is the repeated flash up photos on screen reminding us that each large envelope received from the taciturn bank robber comes from the safe.  We know that.

There is also something a little sterile about Salamander, a lack of atmosphere somehow.  I don’t quite know why.  Perhaps it is gathering pace.  I suppose that just watching Geradi drive around and look grumpy a lot of the time palls after a while.

The dialogue is sparse.  The sumptuousness of the rooms and settings fill in a lot of spaces for me.  We shall see.

Another amusing scene with the two Ministry men is when Sarah, pissed off at being followed and the shenanigans with Sophie, gets out of her car and marches angrily towards the two men in their parked car, watching the women as usual.  As Sarah moves towards the men’s car they reverse backwards, then stop.

Looking glumly up at Sarah, the two men sit in silence.  Sarah glowers some more and having stopped too, starts walking angrily towards the car again.  The men reverse backwards a small distance and stop.  so does Sarah, angrily glaring at the men.  The men look back at her.

This procedure is repeated several times, much to my hilarity on watching this slapstick Charlie Chaplinesque scene.

Sarah has gone all lioness, protecting her cub, marching down the parked car like it was a metal predator. Perhaps she has some gumption after all.