As an English adaptation of Danish series Those Who Kill comes to FOX, we investigate the formula for this popular genre
By Laura Rutkowski, Staff Writer
Does it tick the isolated location/freezing temperature box? Is there a new, young detective that the older detective doesn't want on the team? Perhaps there’s an undercurrent of sexual tension between members of the police, who probably hated each other to begin with? Yep, you’re more than likely watching a Scandi noir.
If you’d like another one to add to the list, which is full of twists, turns and tropes, try Those Who Kill. This English language thriller is based on the Danish series from 2011, which in turn was based on the novels by Elsebeth Egholm.
Catherine Jenson (Chloë Sevigny) is on the case
Catherine Jenson (Chloë Sevigny, We Are Who We Are), a recently promoted homicide detective, enlists the help of college professor Dr Thomas Schaeffer (James D'Arcy, Broadchurch) to hunt down a serial killer. The criminal eludes the police and a young girl is kidnapped in this race against the clock. Jenson’s ability to focus on the case at hand becomes clouded as she learns more about the truth behind her brother’s disappearance.
So far, so Scandi! But what truly makes a Scandi noir? Comedian Alasdair Beckett-King created a short video that went viral called “Every Single Scandinavian Crime Drama.”
He’s not wrong! To expand on his analysis, simply click the symbols on our graphic below to delve deeper into this genre’s DNA (Danish, Norwegian… Almost works).
When is FOX’s Those Who Kill on TV?
Those Who Kill airs on FOX/HD (CH 157/199) on Thursdays at 10pm, with the first episode screening on February 4th. It is also available for 30 days in Catch Up > Channels > FOX.
The ten-part series will subsequently air every week until Thursday 8 April.
TV channels: Channels, content and features available depend on your chosen package. Channel line-ups and content are subject to change at any time and to regional variations.
HD: HD TV set, V HD Box, TiVo box or Virgin TV V6 connected with HDMI cables required for HD channels. Number of inclusive HD channels depends on package.
Catch Up TV: Catch Up TV content available for up to 7 days or up to 30 days after broadcast, depending on content.
Image credits: Those Who Kill © Fox Television 2020
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