Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Finnish crime fiction on U.S. TV

Yesterday's post about What German crime-fiction readers read lamented the unavailability in English translation of Finland's Harri Nykänen. It transpires that the television series based on Nykänen's comic novels about the hitman Raid was made available to at least a segment of the U.S. television-watching public.

Read some good things about the series Raid and Kai Lehtinen's performance in the title role here.

© Peter Rozovsky 2007

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Danish - not Finnish, but we're currently enjoying The Eagle - A Crime Odyssey on local TV. It's absolutely fabulous - great cast, really interesting way of moving from week to week with linked "villains". Tremendous show.

July 05, 2007  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Maybe we'll get that one day ... and maybe I'll get my television hooked up one day to see it. I do know that Danish crime fiction seems to lag behind that from Denmark's neighbors. It would be nice to have some Danish crime-fiction names to drop here. Thanks!

July 05, 2007  
Blogger Lauren said...

Sorry I haven't posted for a while - am home for a holiday. In the same country as Karen, I think, since I'm also enjoying The Eagle (Ørnen: En krimi-odyssé in Danish). It's very good, although I'm personally fractionally fonder of Unit One (Rejseholdet), since I find the smaller cast easier to get my head around. One of the members of Unit One, incidentally, is played by Mads Mikkelson, who has since gone on to English language fame, notably as the villain in the latest Bond film.

I've definitely read substantially less Danish crime fiction than Swedish in particular. (That said, I've recently started reading something rather interesting from Finland, but in German. Will look up the details later.) However, these two Danish tv series really make up for the lack of printed material. As someone who will give almost any television series a go if it's got police in it, I've rarely been so gripped. This explains why, despite my graduate student tight-fistedness, I own all the DVDs currently available.

Scandinavian box sets aside (Nordic subtitles only), if you're interested in either series the Australian DVDs are fairly easy to get hold of and are definitely worth it if you've got a multi-region DVD player.

August 04, 2007  

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