21st June 2017
Modus by Anne Holt
21st November 2016
Saturday nights get Scandi –
Fans of The Bridge rejoice. Modus, the hot new Scandi-drama, is coming to our screens on BBC Four this Saturday at 9pm. Based on Anne Holt’s bestselling novel, Fear Not, it makes for chilling, compulsive viewing. From the same director as The Bridge, and in a similar vein to The Killing, this is Nordic Noir at its finest. It has already been Sweden’s TV4’s most successful Scandinavian TV series in 25 years with an audience of 1.2 million.
Set during a snowy Christmas season in Sweden, it follows psychologist and profiler Inger Johanne Vik, (played by Melinda Kinnaman, star of The Bridge) along with her autistic daughter, as they become drawn into the investigation of a number of disturbing deaths. As the bodies keep turning up, with very different causes of death, it takes Vik’s unconventional approach, and a bit of help from Detective Nyman (played by Henrik Norlen, star of Wallander) to notice a pattern.
Modus showcases the very best of the hugely successful Swedish talent behind a number of hit TV shows, and is guaranteed to revive our obsession with fishermen’s jumpers, devastating detectives and epic snowy landscapes.
The inspiration behind the new series, Anne Holt, is Norway’s bestselling crime novelist, who Jo Nesbo calls ‘the godmother of modern Norwegian crime fiction’. A lawyer and former Minister of Justice, she is the author of five in The Vik/Stubø series and nine books in The Hanne Wilhelmsen series. The paperback of Modus is available now, and then there’s the rest of the series to keep you going between episodes. As the BBC man himself says, no more silent nights.