If you're a fan of the best mystery series from Britain and the U.S. you'll enjoy some of these series from Europe. All of these are shown in the language of origin with English subtitles.
Aksel Borgen returns to his hometown after 20 years abroad. Now a successful businessman, he’s the white knight who will save the local industry by investing in alternative energy firm Solar Tech. However, the company is run by Eva Halsteen, mother of the girl Aksel was accused of murdering two decades ago. He was acquitted at the time, but Eva believes him guilty and can’t handle the fact that he is the one offering her company and the town itself a lifeline. A gripping plot set in a beautiful fjord-side setting. In Norwegian with subtitles.
Another brooding Swedish detective thriller follows psychologist and ex-FBI profiler Inger Johanne Vik as she finds herself and her autistic daughter drawn into an investigation surrounding a series of disturbing and brutal deaths in Stockholm. Based on the books by Anne Holt.
Tax lawyer Rebecka Martinsson returns to her childhood home outside of Kiruna in the north of Sweden following a friend’s death, and becomes involved in the hunt for a murderer while she is at the same time forced to confront her own traumatic past. Swedish with subtitles.
In this darkly comic French crime series wheelchair-bound police captain Fred Caïn is quicker and more mobile than most able-bodied people. In his investigations, he spins circles around suspects and digs deep inside the darkest hidden corners of the human mind. A motorcycle accident caused by speeding and his own use of narcotics has left him unable to walk, but clear-eyed about criminality and motive. In French with subtitles.
Taut, contemporary thriller from Sweden set in the run-up to a general election as, behind the political scenes, a series of terror attacks are planned to send shock waves through the nation.
Magnus Krepper stars as Inspector Erik Winter in this Scandi-noir series based on author Åke Edwardson's bestselling novels about the dedicated, yet tormented Gothenburg police detective. In Swedish with subtitles.
Mathieu Kassovitz plays Malotru, a French spy who’s brought in from the cold after serving six years undercover in Damascus. We see his adjustment to life in the office, handling agents the way he used to be handled, and to life back in Paris, where he’s reunited with his understandably wary daughter. In French with subtitles
Set against the real events, culture wars and political realities of Germany in the 1980s, this 8-part drama series is a stylish coming-of-age story, framed within a suspenseful Cold War thriller. In German with subtitles.
Based on Jussi Adler-Olsen’s bestsellers, the Department Q series introduces maverick detective Carl Mørck (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) who, after majorly botching an assignment, is relegated to reviewing cold cases. With his new partner Assad (Fares Fares) and secretary Rose (Johanne Louise Schmidt) the moody Mørck digs into shocking unsolved mysteries including the kidnapping of a high-ranking government official, a brutal prep school murder and a bloody message from two children presumed dead. In Danish with subtitles.
A six-part Norwegian/British thriller that depicts the events leading up to the bold plan executed by Norwegian and British intelligence in 1943 to blow up the heavy water factory in Norway, which was crucial to the Nazi’s atomic weapon development. This war story is told from three perspectives: Nobel physicist Werner Heisenberg’s work for the Nazis in Berlin, the Norwegian and British Allies plotting to sabotage the factory and the factory owners themselves. In Norwegian, English and German with subtitles.
Viktor Kärppä is a former Russian special agent haunted by his past. He settles in Finland, the country of his ancestors, and tries to make a living as both a private investigator and business facilitator for Russian migrants, but finds himself continually involved with organized crime. In Finnish with subtitles.
A raid on a safety-deposit box in the vaults of a dodgy private Brussels bank opens a can of worms involving members of the Belgian establishment in this gripping 12-part conspiracy thriller starring Filip Peeters as maverick chief inspector Paul Gerardi. Flemish with subtitles.
First broadcast in 2000, Unit One is based around an elite mobile police task force that travels around Denmark helping local forces solve a smörgåsbord of typically noir-tinged crime. The show's alumni are a who's-who of Nordic talent, as writers, directors and actors from The Killing, The Bridge and Borgen are all to be found in the credits. Benedikte Hansen, who plays a journalist with alcohol problems in Borgen, has a returning guest role and Mads Mikkelsen delivers a classic turn as the hard-boiled chief cop. In Danish with subtitles.
The latest gripping drama to emerge from Scandinavia is named after the Øresund Bridge that links Copenhagen in Denmark to Malmö in Sweden. The atmospheric first episode opens with the discovery of a corpse slap bang at its midpoint. The body's top half lies just inside Swedish territory, belongs to a prominent Malmö city councillor. The leggy end, stretching on to the Danish side of the border, belongs to a Copenhagen prostitute who had gone missing over a year before. Who deposited the bodies, and why, are the questions that will keep you glued to this series over the next 10 episodes. In Danish and Swedish with subtitles.
A small community in the French Alps is thrown into shock and confusion when loved ones who have been dead for years inexplicably return to their homes. With no awareness of their own deaths, the returned attempt to reintegrate with their families and past lovers. But they aren't the only ones back from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders that resembles the work of a serial killer from the past. In French with subtitles.
Birgitte Nyborg becomes Denmark's first female Prime Minister through a political fluke and has to quickly learn the ways of coalition governments, the press while balancing her family life. In Danish with subtitles.
Based on the novels by Helene Tursten, Irene Huss is a former Ju-Jitsu champion, a mother of twin teenage girls, the wife of a successful chef, and a Detective Inspector with the Violent Crimes Unit in Goteborg, Sweden. In Swedish with subtitles.