Sarah Lund is looking forward to her last day as a detective with the Copenhagen Police department. She is supposed to move to Sweden with her fiancée, but everything changes when a 19-year-old girl, Nanna Birk Larsen, is found raped and brutally murdered. Along with detective Jan Meyer, Sarah is forced to be a head of the investigation, as it soon becomes clear that Lund and Meyer are chasing a very intelligent and dangerous murderer.
Local politician Troels Hartmann is in the middle of a hard election campaign to become the new mayor of Copenhagen when suddenly, evidence links the city hall to the murderer. But is he really the murderer? At the same time, the girl's family and friends struggle to cope with their loss. Over a span of twenty days, suspect upon suspect is sought out as violence and political pressures cast their shadows over the hunt for the killer.
This Danish TV series [20 hour-long episodes, each covering the events of one day] was made in 2007, and is currently being screened by the BBC, to solid critical acclaim. It seems to get a lot of comparisons to the likes of Prime Suspect, which is good enough for me. A 13 episode American remake is being produced by Fox for AMC, and is scheduled to premiere on Sunday 3rd April 2011, so if you don't like subtitles... :-) Here's the trailer for the original, which looks interesting, despite a voice-over that seems determined to cram in every cop cliche under the sun.
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