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Police detective Sarah Lund investigates difficult cases with personal and political consequences.

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Søren Sveistrup
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Sofie Gråbøl ...  Sarah Lund 40 episodes, 2007-2012
Morten Suurballe ...  Lennart Brix 30 episodes, 2007-2012
Lars Mikkelsen ...  Troels Hartmann 20 episodes, 2007
Bjarne Henriksen ...  Theis Birk Larsen 20 episodes, 2007
Ann Eleonora Jørgensen ...  Pernille Birk Larsen 20 episodes, 2007
Marie Askehave ...  Rie Skovgaard 20 episodes, 2007
Anne Marie Helger Anne Marie Helger ...  Vibeke Lund 20 episodes, 2007-2012
Michael Moritzen Michael Moritzen ...  Morten Weber / ... 19 episodes, 2007
Søren Malling ...  Jan Meyer 19 episodes, 2007
Nicolaj Kopernikus ...  Vagn / ... 18 episodes, 2007
Bent Mejding Bent Mejding ...  Poul Bremer / ... 17 episodes, 2007
Jonas Leth Hansen Jonas Leth Hansen ...  Emil Birk Larsen 17 episodes, 2007
Kasper Leth Hansen Kasper Leth Hansen ...  Anton / ... 17 episodes, 2007
Eske Forsting Hansen Eske Forsting Hansen ...  Mark Lund / ... 17 episodes, 2007-2012
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Storyline

The brutal murder of a young girl launches an extended police investigation. Detective Sarah Lund is supposed to leave for a new life in Sweden, but can't bring herself to leave the case behind. The girl's parents and friends struggle to cope with their loss. Troels Hartmann is campaigning to be mayor of Copenhagen, but struggles when links are revealed between city hall and the murder. Over a time span of twenty days, suspect upon suspect is sought out as violence and political pressures cast their shadows over the hunt for the killer. Two more seasons follow about a series of killings of soldiers and the abduction of an industrial magnate's daughter. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Denmark | Norway | Sweden | Germany

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Danish | Norwegian | Swedish

Release Date:

7 January 2007 (Denmark) See more »

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Runtime:

(40 episodes)

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Søren Sveistrup, series creator and head writer, worked closely with lead actress Sofie Gråbøl throughout the writing process to successfully develop the character of Detective Inspector Sarah Lund. Sofie Gråbøl, in particular, became eager to defend her character. See more »

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Referenced in Live fra Bremen: Episode #6.8 (2012) See more »

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Very absorbing
20 February 2011 | by pawebsterSee all my reviews

There aren't many programmes where I feel I mustn't leave the room for a moment for fear of missing something - but this is one of them. As I write, the serial is around the middle of its run on BBC4 (so there are no ad breaks), with two episodes back-to-back each week. I can't remember the last time I saw a twenty-part serial. I didn't think anyone still made them. If they can be this good, there should definitely be more of them.

I don't yet know where the story is going. So far suspicion is falling on one person after another and there is a lot of (not always completely believable) politicking at City Hall. It doesn't sound much, but the direction and acting put this into a very superior category.

Sarah Lund, the main investigator is an obsessive, but a very believable one. I don't know how her more impulsive colleague Jan Meyer avoids strangling her out of frustration with the way she treats him. Her family and boyfriend likewise. Perhaps these are plot developments still to come!

One unusual feature is the focus on the reactions of the family of the murdered girl. The actress playing her mother deserves every award going.

Update 27 March: it ended last night on BBC4. Whew! Saturday nights won't be the same. I stand by what I wrote above, but, if you see it, be prepared to be a bit frustrated with a lot of unanswered questions at the end, and you may be wondering at one or two coincidences. Still, my enjoyment of the serial did not really come from its being a whodunit. The characters and the atmosphere were what really made it.


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