DICTE: CRIME REPORTER S1

Crime Scene - - POST MORTEM - By BARRY FOR­SHAW

The jour­nal­ist as pro­tag­o­nist in a crime drama is hardly a new con­cept, so a fresh en­try in the “crime-solv­ing hack” genre has to at­tempt some­thing orig­i­nal. And that is largely what the Dan­ish Dicte: Crime Reporter does. Ad­mit­tedly it has a fa­mil­iar fe­male journo hero­ine with a messy pri­vate life, but the se­ries spends a lot of its time (fruit­fully) on the cen­tral char­ac­ter’s friends and fam­ily, and the char­ac­ter of Dicte her­self (well played by Iben Hje­jle, re­fresh­ingly unglam­orous) is a fully rounded in­di­vid­ual. Af­ter a trau­matic di­vorce, Dicte Svend­sen re­tires from Copenhagen with her teenage daugh­ter to lick her wounds in their home­town of Aarhus. Her two prin­ci­pal con­fi­dants are her drink­ing bud­dies Anne (Larke Winther An­der­sen) and Ida-marie (Lene Maria Chris­tensen). But she is soon in the thick of a scan­dal in­volv­ing sur­ro­gate par­ent­ing af­ter a young il­le­gal im­mi­grant bleeds to death.

In fact, the theme of mother­ing is cen­tral here, with Dicte’s own mother­hood blighted by pres­sure from her re­li­gious fun­da­men­tal­ist par­ents. But Dicte’s chaotic life and the show’s in­volv­ing cen­tral mys­ter­ies make it a win­ning (if still largely con­ven­tional) en­try.

The re­porters are shocked how short their dead­line is.

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