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on 9 February 2012
Fans of The Killing - Series 1 and 2 [DVD] will be delighted to discover that The Killing's Lars Mikkelsen (Troels Hartmann) can be seen in Danish TV2's Those Who Kill (Den som dræber) as police chief Magnus Bisgaard. He is joined by another face from The Killing - Jakob Cedergren (Philip Dessau) who is cast as shy psychiatrist Thomas Schaeffer. Both actors perform equally as well as they did in DR's The Killing with a little less Lars and alot more Jakob in this programme.
Screened from March 2011 in Denmark ,the series was screened in the UK on ITV3 in February and March 2012.
The first mystery involves a serial killer is just under 90 minutes long is enjoyable and makes me want to check out the rest of the series.
Bodies are discovered in a forest north of Copenhagen and young, ambitious DCI Katrine Ries Jensen (played by Laura Bach) is eventually assigned the case. She wants to have Schaeffer assist her much to Bisgaard's annoyance. Eventually she gets her way and Schaeffer becomes part of the team.
Bach is just as good as the male stars of the show. Unlike The Killing, we do not get to see much of the character behind Katrine. In The Killing we had excellent exposure to the person behind the cop DCI Sarah Lund.
Guest starring in this story is Carsten Bjørnlund as Adam Krogh. Bjørnlund appears in The Killing 2 as Major Christian Søgaard.
Story 2 features guest actor is Swede David Dencik (Brotherhood [DVD]). The story starts with the discovery of a family murdered in their home. Curious Schaeffer turns up and is promptly arrested!
In the third story an inmate has been killed in one of Denmark's prisons. Then another is killed. Jensen and Schaeffer are on hand to investigate. In this story we discover a little about the background of both Jensen and Schaeffer. The gripping conclusion has Jensen in yet another life-threatening situation.
The fourth story features Kim Bodnia who will soon be seen on BBC4 as a main character in Bron / Broen / The Bridge Series 1 Episodes 1 - 10 and briefly Thomas Levin (TV1 host Ulrik Mørch - Borgen - Series 1 [DVD]).
Later in the series in the fifth story, Marie Askehave (Rie Skovgaard - The Killing 1) guest stars along with brief appearances from Peder Holm Johansen (Leon Frevert - The Killing 1) and Mille Dinesen (Cecilie - Borgen 2). Another brief appearance from Henning Valin (Policeman Jesper Andersson - The Bridge / Kandidaten).
The sixth and final story was not screened as part of the TV series in Denmark. It was made to be shown in cinemas from March 2012 and so far is not released on DVD in Denmark. Only in Germany has it been screened on TV and released on DVD (late 2011) but as it's for the German market, the whole series is dubbed. This story features Petrine Agger (real life wife of actor Søren Malling) who has appeared with her husband in both The Killing and Borgen. Recurring throughout the series is Iben Dorner (Sanne the PM's secretary in Borgen / The Candidate (2008) (Kandidaten) (Region 2) (Import)) as Thomas's estranged wife Benedicte.
Alongside other Scandinavian crime series, Den som dræber certainly gives The Killing and Wallander a run for their money.
Den som dræber has certainly impressed me.
Enjoy the mysteries.
Wish there were more but Danish TV2 decided not to renew it in late 2011 as ratings were not too impressive in Denmark even though it had sold well overseas and done particularly well in their southern neighbouring country Germany.

If Those Who Kill is still not enough Danish drama for you until the next series starts later in the year, you can see more of Jakob in the following films - Morden i Sandhamn (Still Waters) (Murder in Sandhamn) (English subtitles) (Swedish import) where he appears speaking Swedish this time as DCI Thomas Andreasson in Swedish TV4's ratings hit of Christmas 2010 a three part drama based upon the debut book of Viveca Sten. Also Dark Horse [2007] [DVD] (with Nicolas Bro - The Killing 2), Frygtelig lykkelig (Terribly Happy) [DVD] [2008] a fantastic little film with Lars Brygmann - Borgen, and Kim Bodnia - The Bridge, Stealing Rembrandt [DVD] with Lars Brygmann and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau among others.

To fill those Saturday nights until the next Scandinavian series here is a selection of other Danish TV series and movies that I have seen. All have English subtitles and are either very good or excellent. I'll be putting reviews on each soon.

Unit One: Season 1 [DVD] - series one starring Mads Mikkelsen, Trine Pallesen (The Killing III), Lars Brygmann (Borgen), with Borgen guest stars Thomas Levin, Lars Knutzon, Søren Malling and Benedikte Hansen,

- Submarino - with Those Who Kill's Jakob Cedergren

- Aftermath - a powerful drama starring The Killing's Sofie Gråbøl, Mikael Birkkjær, Carsten Bjørnlund, Stine Prætorius, Borgen's Lars Brygmann,

- Julefrokosten - a comedy with Borgen and The Killing star Søren Malling,

- Ledsaget udgang - a comedy featuring a prisoner being released from jail for the day,

- Værelse 304 - with Mikael Birkkjær and Stine Stengade, alongside Swedish actor David Dencik from Those Who Kill,

- Kandidaten - a thriller with Nikolaj Lie Kaas - look out for Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Katrine from Borgen) and Those Who Kill's Iben Dorner (Bendikte / Sanne from Borgen) ,

- Cecilie - a horror thriller starring Borgen's Claus Riis Østergaard, Pernille Agger and Mille Dinesen, The Killing's Lars Mikkelsen, Morten Suurballe, Kurt Ravn and Peder Holm Johansen along with Sonja Richter from the film Forbrydelser and Anders W. Berthelsen from Krøniken,

- Krøniken - a fantastic epic 20 episode drama set in the Fifies and Sixties starring The Killing's Ken Vedsegaard and Lars Mikkelsen

- Brotherhood - a neo-Nazi drama starring Swede David Dencik from Those Who Kill, Thure Lindhardt and The Killing's Nicolas Bro,

- Nightwatch - a horror starring The Killing's Sofie Gråbøl,

- Sekten - another horror starring The Killing's Sofie Gråbøl,

- In Your Hands - a prison based drama starring The Killing's Ann Eleonora Jørgensen and Nicolaj Kopernikus,

- Den Rette ånd - a comedy starring The Killing's Sofie Gråbøl, Ken Vedsegaard, Carsten Bjørnlund, Troels Munck alongside Borgen's Lisbeth Wulff,

- Italian For Beginners - a drama starring The Killing's Ann Eleonora Jørgensen,

- Matador - Complete Series - an epic drama starring The Killing's Bent Mejding,

- Den Blå Munk - an enjoyable drama set in a Copenhagen jazz bar briefly featuring a young Nicolaj Kopernikus and Jakob Cedergren from 1997,

- En familie - a drama with Borgen's Pilou Asbæk and Krøniken's Anne Lousie Hassing,

- Smukke mennesker - a comedy drama with Sebastian Jessen from Borgen 2 along with one scene each from The Killing's Nicolas Bro, Benedikte Hansen, Carsten Bjørnlund and Kurt Ravn along with Dar Salim fróm Borgen,

- Sandheden om mænd - a comedy drama starring Thure Lindhardt and The Bridge's Henning Valin,

- Let's Get Lost - a comedy starring Borgen's Sidse Babett Knudsen alongside The Killing's Bjarne Henriksen and Nicolaj Kopernikus,

- Lotto - a comedy starring The Killing's Bjarne Henriksen and Nicolaj Kopernikus,

- Til døden os skiller - a comedy starring Borgen's Lars Brygmann and Sidse Babett Knudsen (just listen to her as an opera singer!!! - WOW!), along with The Killing's Nicolaj Kopernikus,

- Bag det stille ydre - with Jakob Cedergren,

- Springet - with Mikael Birkkjær of The Killing 2 and Borgen,

- En enkelt til Korsør - with Carsten Bjørnlund and Kurt Ravn of The Killing 2, Lisbeth Wulff from Borgen and Bjarne Henriksen from The Killing 1 - Borgen,

- Above The Street Below The Water - with Sidse Babett Knudsen, along with The Killing's Nicolas Bro and Anders W. Berthelsen,

- Applaus - with Paprika Steen and The Killing 3's Sara-Maria Maltha,

- The Hunt - with Mads Mikkelsen, Bjarne Henriksen and Krøniken's Anne Louise Hassing,

- A Royal Affair - with Unit One's Mads Mikkelsen, along with Søren Malling and Søren Spanning both of Borgen and The Killing, Bent Mejding from The Killing alongside David Dencik and Mikkel Boe Følsgaard from Those Who Kill,

- En mand kommer hjem - comedy with The Killing's Nicolaj Kopernikus in a minor role,

- Den du frygter - psychological thriller with Paprika Steen and Borgen's Bjarne Henriksen, Stine Stengade and Lars Brygmann,

- Nordkraft - drug fuelled stories starring Thure Lindhardt and Borgen's Signe Egholm Olsen and Claus Riis Østergaard,

- Marie Krøyer - period drama starring Borgen's Birgitte Hjort Sørensen and The Killing's Søren Sætter-Lassen,

- Dig og mig

- Dansen,

- Alting bliver godt igen,

- Flugten,

- Anklaget,

- Kongekabale,

- Sorte kugler,

- Efter Bryllupet,

- De unge år,

- Brothers,

- Open Hearts,

- Af banen,

- Drabet,

- Offscreen,

- Old Men in New Cars,

- Truly Human,

- Allegro,

- Reconstruction,

- Prag,

- Flame And Citron,

- Pusher Trilogy,

- Shake It All About,

- Monas verden,

- Facing The Truth,

- Flickering Lights,

- Fluerne på væggen,

- Bleeder,

- R, Hit First, Hit Hardest,

- Næste skridt,

- Bagland,

- The Boss of it All.

Sorry they all could not be linked, but Amazon restricts to ten links per review. More to be added soon.

Two non Danish films featuring Danish actors are RAGE starring Jakob Cedergren with Jude Law and Dame Judi Dench. It is an American film from 2009. Also there is a 4 episode Irish mini series from 2004 PROOF starring Sidse Babett Knudsen as a woman arriving in Dublin searching for her sister presumed dead. Both films are in English.

UPDATE DECEMBER 2012 - One of Denmark's best ever dramas is coming to DVD in the UK in January 2013 - Unit One which featyres a wealth of familiar faces. Unit One is an Emmy award winning police series from 2000.
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