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Inspector Montalbano: The Age of Doubt – review

I wish I’d read this years ago.

19 August 2017 · 1 Comment

TV review: Beck – Steinar (BBC FOUR)

A world without Gunvald

18 September 2016 · 6 Comments

TV review: Beck – Gunvald (BBC FOUR)

Difficult, difficult viewing

11 September 2016 · 20 Comments

Book review: We Shall Inherit the Wind, by Gunnar Staalesen

A book that’s both timely and timeless

28 March 2016 · 1 Comment

Book review: The Borgen Experience, by Camilla Hammerich

About eight years ago, Camilla Hammerich and Adam Price began work on a TV series expected to have limited appeal outside Scandinavia. Borgen, the series about Danish politics and politicians, … Continue reading

26 October 2015 · 1 Comment

TV review: Beck – The Hospital Murders (BBC FOUR)

Contains spoilers BBC FOUR gave a fifth outing to Peter Haber’s Beck this Saturday. The Hospital Murders was an utterly atypical addition to the Beck stable and may have confused … Continue reading

12 October 2015 · 3 Comments

Beck on BBC FOUR: what to expect

Martin Beck storms onto BBC FOUR this evening as the channel brings us the most recent instalments of the long-running detective series. The films are less well-known than the iconic … Continue reading

12 September 2015 · Leave a comment

Event review: Nordicana 2015

I don’t know what the Green Room is like at the Troxy in east London but I reckon last weekend, at the third Nordicana, it was pretty empty. The actors, … Continue reading

11 June 2015 · 2 Comments

Nordicana is back – and it’s needed more than ever

Nordic Noir is growing up. The phenomenon, built around crime drama from Scandinavia but loose enough (once you’ve added the qualifier ‘and beyond’) to include subtitled dramas from France and … Continue reading

2 June 2015 · Leave a comment

Borgen and the British General Election

There have been a couple of attempts to see whether Borgen, with its portrayal of mature multi-party politics can teach anything to us in the UK, which is late to … Continue reading

2 April 2015 · Leave a comment