Ice­landic crime Drama comes of age…

Crime Scene - - CASE NOTES -

Trapped put Ice­landic crime on the map in 2016, but it turns out an­other of the coun­try’s crime dra­mas came first. Case, now avail­able for UK view­ers, be­gins with a young bal­le­rina’s ap­par­ent sui­cide in Reyk­javik’s Na­tional Theatre. The po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion grad­u­ally re­veals dark se­crets in­clud­ing drugs, com­puter hack­ing and teenage sex tapes.

The show’s di­rec­tor, Bald­vin Zo­pho­ni­as­son, worked on both shows, as did Stei­n­unn Olina Thorsteins­dot­tir, who plays the ra­zor-sharp de­tec­tive Gabriela. “What I re­ally liked about Case is its slower pace, and it’s much darker,” says the di­rec­tor. “Trapped is a more typ­i­cal who­dunit.”

Zo­pho­ni­as­son brings a queasy, doc­u­men­tary style to the show, which fea­tures in­trigu­ing char­ac­ters such as the griz­zled, al­co­holic lawyer Logi (Mag­nus Jon­s­son). “He’s a trou­bled char­ac­ter with a bad rep­u­ta­tion, but he’s a clever guy,” says Zo­pho­ni­as­son. “If you want to get away with a mur­der, you hire Logi.”

The drama is partly based on a true story. In­cred­i­bly, one cast mem­ber is the fa­ther of one of the girls in the real-life case. “That’s typ­i­cal Ice­land, be­cause it’s such a small coun­try,” says the di­rec­tor. “So I got a new in­sight on the case and that helped me a lot.”

Case Series 1 is at wal­ter­p­re­

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