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ITV3 to screen Danish drama

ITV3 to screen Danish drama
Staff Reporter
09 February 2012

ITV3 has capitalized on the vogue for Scandinavian TV drama on British television with the acquisition of Those Who Kill, a new six part Danish crime drama series from Entertainment One Television. 

Billed as a compelling dark crime series, Those Who Kill is based on the novels by bestselling author Elsebeth Egholm.

It follows the investigations of a special unit of Copenhagen’s police force, consisting of detective inspector Katrina Ries Jenson (Laura Back) and forensic psychiatrist Thomas Schaeffer (Jakob Cedergren).

The pair specialise in identifying serial killers that do not fit within traditional behavioural patterns and aim to uncover the psychology of a violent killer in their attempt to solve a case surrounded by fear and mystery.

The drama which launches on 23 February is just the latest Scandinavian TV import to follow crime shows and political thrillers such as Wallander, The Killing and Borgen, which have been shown on BBC4 with Wallander spawning a BBC1 remake starring Kenneth Branagh.

ITV director of digital channels and acquisitions Angela Jain said: “Those Who Kill’s mix of dark subject matter, engaging characters and complex cases make it one of the most thrilling foreign dramas of the year.

Scandinavian crime series have attracted huge international audiences over the past year, and we are thrilled that the UK will now get a chance to see another high quality drama from that stable.”

The 6 x 120 series is produced by Miso Film and shares co-director, Birger Larsen, with the internationally acclaimed Danish crime drama series, The Killing.

Almost a third of the Danish population – encapsulating a total national share of 53% - watched the first episode of Those Who Kill when it premiered on TV2 in Denmark last year.

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Stevenson  | February 10, 2012
Yes, a lot of Danes watched the first episode, but then the viewing share started dropping rapidly, so much that at the end Danish TV2 announced that there will be no second season. Doesn't sound too promising...

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