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Five quality stories from Sweden's A-Unit
on 1 May 2013
This boxset contains the first five stories revolving around Stockholm's A-Unit police team headed by Jenny Hultin (Irene Lindh). Fans of other Scandinavian dramas may find this slightly different to their previous experiences. It is not like The Bridge, The Killing or Borgen in that it is not made into 10 (or 20) x 58 minute chunks. It is similarly not like Krister Henriksson's Wallander where everything is neatly wrapped up within 90 minutes.
The Arne Dahl series has stories spread over two 90 minute episodes. This allows for a fairly complex story to develop and allows us to get to know the back story of the members of A-Unit.
The five two part stories in this set include
- The Blinded Man (also known as Misterioso)
- Bad Blood
- To the Top of the Mountain
- Many Waters
- Europa Blues
A good cast surround Irene Lindh forming the A-Unit, but unlike other Scandinavian crime series, the series does not revolve around one particular character, probably my favourite is jazz enthuisiast Jorge Chavez played by Matias Varela. It may be a little more violent than other Scandinavian series and the producers have not been put off by venturing overseas to put the stories on screen including scenes shot in Amsterdam, New York, Tallinn, Italy and Germany.
This is a Filmlance production for Swedish public broadcaster SVT with Swedish being the main language spoken. Other languages appear including Dutch and English. All non-English dialogue is subtitled in English.
The whole set of five stories is being screend on BBC4 every Saturday at 21.00 between April and June 2013 and gaining respectable viewing figures. The first story was screened in Sweden at Christmas 2011 on two consecutive nights with the remaining four stories screened over eight Sundays between October and December 2012.
And if you're trying to spot the Borgen / Killing / Bridge / Those Who Kill actor in this, don't bother - there aren't any. It was filmed hundreds of miles away from the Copenhagen/Malmö area of the other four. You might spot the odd actor from a Wallander story but that's about it.