DICTE: CRIME REPORTER S1
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.