• Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander in the Millenium series. (SBS)Source: SBS
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By
Jenna Martin

25 Jul 2016 - 11:50 AM  UPDATED 25 Jul 2016 - 4:34 PM

You’ve binged on Trapped and Modus. You’ve finished 1864: Denmark’s War and you’ve already got Angelby, Jordskott and Spring Tide lined up. But if that alone doesn’t sate your Nordic appetite and you need more, dammit, more; then never fear: we are here to help you fill the gaping, fjord-sized hole in your heart.

Take a look:   

 

Anna Pihl

Anna Pihl is a Danish procedural about the work- but mostly life- of a Copenhagen police woman new to the city- and fresh on the beat. Anna is a hardworking single mum which means there are the usual tropes to deal with- the office crush, the demanding boss and the gay best friend (or flatmate, in this case) but the show feels fresh, not contrived. More “Scandi- Nice” than “Scandi-Noir” (it’s pretty soft as far as cop shows go) but it’s still really entertaining.

Watch the first episode right here:

 

Follow The Money

When you think “environmentalism” you don’t usually think “Scandi Noir” but that’s what we get from this Danish series about wind farms, sustainable energy and insider trading… Luckily it doesn’t take long for the usual helping of missing persons, brooding P.I’s and attractive female detectives to stack up and reset the balance.  

Hurry up and watch the second half of the first season before it goes away!

 

Heartless

The tale of highly attractive “cursed” twins Sebastian and Sofie, students at what has to be the world’s creepiest boarding school. But what is their “curse”, you ask? Only that they are forced to “suck the life” out of other people in order to survive. Unlike typical vampires (who are so passé) these two don’t need blood, they need energy, which they conveniently get simply by making face with other attractive people. Sweaty-palmed teenage boys and girls of the world take heart: you may not just be hormonal, you may actually be cursed.     

Watch the first episode right here:

 

Death of a Pilgrim

This fascinating four-part docu-series follows the 1986 assassination of then- Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. He was shot outside a cinema on a busy Stockholm street and the murder remains unsolved to this day. Written by a Swedish criminologist and directed by Kristoffer Nyholm who is responsible for the brilliant The Killing, this series has serious Noir credentials. 

Watch the first episode right here:

 

Lilyhammer

I love this show, but then Steven Van Zandt was my third favourite part of The Sopranos (after James Gandolfini’s Tony and Edie Falco’s hair) and this Norwegian-American co-production could almost be a spin-off. Van Zandt’s ex mob boss enters the witness protection program and disappears to a small town in Norway where he finds you can take the man out of the mob, but you can’t make him enjoy moose meat. It’s darkly comedic tone isn’t exactly traditional noir, but it’s still great viewing.

Watch the first episode right here (all 3 seasons are on SBS On Demand):

 

Mammon

Mammon is an old testament word meaning “Greed” so that’s a good indication of where we’re heading with this Norwegian offering, following a team of journalists investigating an embezzlement scandal amongst the country’s powerful elite. The convoluted - yet completely mesmerising - plot, delves deep into the worlds of finance, journalism and politics as it attempts to argue that corruption is everywhere - from the trendy streets of Bergen to the creepy forests beyond Oslo. 

Watch the first episode right here:

 

The Protectors 

This Danish series won the International Emmy Award for ‘Best non-American Television Drama Series’ when it debuted in 2009 and with good reason. It’s a compelling look at Denmark’s national police force, charged with protecting the country’s dignitaries, leaders and other VIP’s - often risking their own lives - in the line of duty.

Watch the first episode right here:

 

Millennium

No list of Nordic/Scandi-Noir would be complete with a mention of Millennium aka the series based on the hugely popular Girl With The Dragon Tattoo book series. All three episodes of this completely mesmerizing, Emmy-winning series are available on demand, following the adventures of hunky journalist Mikael Blomkvist and hacker/misogynist-crusher, Lisbeth Salander. 

Watch the first episode right here:

 

 

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