Warming up to Christmas

In a few days, the Nordic public broadcasters unleash some of their biggest efforts throughout the year; the Christmas Calendars, aimed mostly at children and airing every day from December 1st to 24th. The Nordic region has a long tradition of Christmas countdown TV drama for children, so-called Christmas calendars, which are the TV equivalent of…

Heartless final episodes

In April and May 2014, the new supernatural teen drama Heartless aired in Denmark. After 5 episodes and an unresolved ending, the fate of the series was uncertain. But now, three new episodes will wrap up what is a unique effort in Nordic TV drama. Three years ago, the Danish commercial broadcaster Kanal 5 (part of the…

Occupied preview

Premiering on TV2 in Norway on Sunday is the channel’s biggest drama effort ever. Occupied is set a few years into the future, when oil production is deliberately ended, and Russia does not like it. Created by bestselling crime author Jo Nesbø (the Harry Hole and Doctor Proktor franchises), Occupied is a 10-episode science fiction…

Jordskott preview

Currently airing in Sweden is the supernatural thriller drama Jordskott, which combines the successfull Scandi-crime mystery with mythology.  1.6 million viewers sit down on Mondays to watch Jordskott, the latest SVT crime drama (along with Arne Dahl season two), which goes beyond the traditional cop-investigates-crime formula which has been a staple of Swedish crime drama…

Energina preview

Currently rerunning on Swedish television is Energina, a superhero action series for children. The titular character is a little girl whose arch-enemy Doctor Dominator tries to take over the city where they both live. Originally broadcast on Swedish national television SVT in 2013, Energina is a 10-part TV series about Gina (Sara Månberg), who gets…

Pippi to be “cleaned-up”

One of the most beloved franchises in Sweden, Pippi, is being upgraded by SVT and audiences all over Scandinavia are outraged. Created in the early 1940s by world famous author Astrid Lindgren as a comforting tale for her sick daughter, and published for the first time in 1945, Pippi Longstocking is one of the most…

Heartless continues

In spite of lackluster viewing numbers and a reluctant broadcaster, the Danish supernatural series Heartless will continue, and hopefully round off in good fashion. While penned by many reviewers and abandoned by viewers, the most surprising part about the 5-part TV drama was that the first season ended on a cliffhanger, and nothing suggested the…

The darkness of Heartless

Since when was it a good idea to produce and broadcast TV series that does not solve the key mystery at the end? Cliffhangers work only if there is a continuation. As I write this, Norwegian state broadcaster NRK has just finished showing the Danish supernatural TV series Heartless. Its Danish world premiere only a…

Review: Heartless

Heartless is the first genre drama for teens produced for the Danish TV channel Kanal 5, and as such also their first original drama production ever. The supernatural series deals with anxiety and identification and other common teen themes. Set at an oldfashioned boarding school where girls were only allowed to study in recent years,…

Heartless preview

The Danish TV channel Kanal 5 is currently airing Heartless, a new supernatural teen drama that has been met with international interest. Two years ago, Kanal 5 devised a new drama series that jumped on the vampire bandwagon, as True Blood and Twilight were the hottest franchises in mainstream horror. It seemed natural to want…