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As UK remake The Tunnel returns, we celebrate Swedish/Danish crime drama The Bridge...
9pm, Saturday night, BBC Four. For the few of us who still, on occasion, watch television when it’s actually broadcast, that timeslot means only one thing: high-quality drama from outside the anglophone world. Okay, so some of the series are less impressive than others, and one or two are in English (remember Australia’s The Code?) but these are exceptions to the rule. What began as a fad, accompanied by much reductive talk of ‘Scandi noir’ and a mildly disturbing national obsession with Sarah Lund’s knitwear, has culminated in a golden age for telly addicts. Our initial resistance to subtitles has faded, and a whole world of often beautifully acted, compellingly plotted drama has opened up. We haven’t strayed very far outside Europe yet, but it’s a start.
Miptv unveiled the 12 series that will be screened for buyers and press at the first MIPDrama screenings, taking place on April 3.
The selections include Finland’s “Bordertown,” Belgium’s “Public Enemy,” Russia’s “Mathilde” and the U.K.’s “The Secret.” The showcase will be held in Cannes’ Jw Marriot Hotel ahead of Miptv.
Around 350 international acquisition executives and press are expected to attend the screening. The selections were made by a jury that includes “The Refugees” showrunners Teresa Fernández-Valdes and Ramón Campos Sáez, “The Americans” executive producer Chris Long, “And Then There Were None” writer and exec producer Sarah Phelps, “Forbrydelsen/The Killing” creator Søren Sveistrup and “Deutschland 83” co-creator Anna Winger.
“There are so many talented people in the TV business right now, directing, writing, producing and acting, and that’s the main reason why TV drama’s hot at
the moment,” said Sveistrup in a statement. »
- Variety Staff
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