Mam­mon

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Pay Television -

Wed­nes­day, 9.30pm, Stu­dio No doubt about the plethora of dra­mas em­a­nat­ing from Scan­di­navia these days: Wal­lan­der, Bor­gen, The Killing, The Bridge and now Mam­mon. The last two are on at the same time so flick the record but­ton on one or the other. The new­est is this six-part Nor­we­gian con­spir­acy thriller, named af­ter the god of avarice, greed and ma­te­rial wealth in the New Tes­ta­ment. The labyrinthine plot fol­lows news­pa­per jour­nal­ist Peter Veras (Jon Oi­gar­den, pic­tured) who’s on the trail of cor­rup­tion in high places. In this first episode, ev­i­dence pro­vided elec­tron­i­cally by a mys­tery per­son named Sophia leads to his older brother Daniel (a flash­back sug­gests he abused young Peter), a suc­cess­ful com­pany ex­ec­u­tive. Al­though ex­on­er­ated by an in­quiry, Daniel re­signs and com­mits sui­cide. Turns out he was “Sophia”. A year af­ter Daniel’s death, his widow and Peter are given a trunk that con­tains div­ing gear. They fol­low the writ­ten in­struc­tions to a lake; while Peter snorkels for he knows not what, a car crashes over a nearby cliff. Peter saves the driver, who is shot dead by some­one hid­ing nearby. Noth­ing sim­ple about this yarn writ­ten by broth­ers Ve­gard Erik­sen Sten­berg and Gjer­mund Erik­sen, who wanted to ex­plore re­la­tion­ships be­tween sib­lings. (Ve­gard’s sons, Emil and Au­gust, play Peter and Daniel in the flash­backs.) This is not to be missed.

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