My Christmas reading took a serious hit after being introduced to a certain television series on DVD. I had a plan, there were books to read, magazines to skim, recipes to make from borrowed cookbooks, but it all got cast aside for a good, long dose of murder, political intrigue and endless rain.
The Killing is a Danish TV series. It is about to start its third season in the UK, but you can find the first two seasons on the library shelves. It is completely enthralling, but it takes stamina, determination and a comfy chair. For the first season, you will dedicate yourself to 2o hours of viewing, with subtitles, which means you can’t wander off and make a cuppa while listening to the dialog and every minute you will have to watch (lesson learnt – you can’t ice the Christmas cake or check Facebook while watching it).
Now, this may seem like I’m trying to put you off, but I assure you, for your dedication you will be rewarded with a rich, involving series that actually engages the brain cells. Each episode leaves you thinking.. “What the…” and “But I thought…”. It has gone on to win a Bafta award and an International Emmy.
And at the end you’ll want to watch it all over again (almost) – to spot the red herrings, the connections between the characters and to find out who knew what when. You’ll also be struck by the sheer dreariness of a November in Copenhagen, boy does it rain! It looks like a fascinating and beautiful place, but I’d seriously look at a different time of year to visit.
The main character, Chief Inspector Sara Lund, is as laconic and tightly wound as a person could get. Her passion for wearing the same two jumpers throughout the episodes, has apparently spawned a cult following, with people now being able to buy replica home spun jumpers on-line. But at the end, you’ll be rooting for her as much as you’ll be frustrated by her.
As our catalog describes it:
As the investigation unfolds, Copenhagen opens up like a Chinese box, full of secrets and power struggles.
With Season Two, you’ll be rewarded with only 10 episodes to get through, but an equally enthralling story. I’m about to start reading How to be Danish: From Lego to Lund , hopefully this will enlighten me as to the city, the people and maybe even the weather?
Have you watched or did you give up at episode 3? Do you have a favourite series that just hooked you in?