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This is the entry for the Danish-language TV series known in English as The Killing. If you're looking for the American remake, go here.

A tale of murder, politics and knitwear, Forbrydelsen (first season 2007, second 2009, third and final scheduled for 2012) is the best Danish TV series you'll probably ever see[1]. While this may seem like damning with faint praise, it's genuinely brilliant. It was a massive hit in Denmark (a third of the population turned in for the first season finale and the second half of the season was brought forward) and when shown in the UK on BBC 4, got rave reviews, huge audiences for the channel and won the 2011 International BAFTA.

The first season, set in Copenhagen, Denmark focuses on the murder of Nanna Birk Larsen, a 19-year-old Danish schoolgirl. Each episode of twenty focusses on one day in the investigation, from three different perspectives:

Detective Inspector Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl), a dour moody woman who likes wearing Faroese sweaters, is about to move to Sweden with her boyfriend, but decides to stick around and work with her replacement, Jan Meyer, to solve the crime.

Troels Hartmann is trying to become Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, when his campaign gets connected to the murder and his own activities come under scrutiny.

Theis and Pernille Birk Larsen, Nanna's parents, have to come to terms with the murder of their daughter... Their decisions will shape their lives and those of others.

The second season is set two years later and revolves around the Danish military. Lund, having been exiled to a passport control job, is called back to Copenhagen when Afghanistan veterans start getting bumped off in gruesome ways, creating a panic over Islamist terrorism. Meanwhile, new Justice Minister Thomas Buch is trying to get a new anti-terror bill through parliament, while trying to find out just what was going on with his ill predecessor.

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  1. unless you happen to watch Borgen
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