MODUS | Melinda Kin­na­man on Series 2 of the sin­is­ter Swedish drama...

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We get a sneak pre­view of the Nordic Noir’s sec­ond sea­son with Melinda Kin­na­man.


I’m re­ally ex­cited, I think this sec­ond sea­son is go­ing to be re­ally good,” says Melinda Kin­na­man when Crime Scene catches up with her as she’s preparing to shoot Modus in Stock­holm. It’s good news for fans of the first series, even if the fes­tive crime spree on BBC Four was a chill­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

It turns out Kin­na­man ( The Bridge), who plays crim­i­nal psy­chol­o­gist and pro­filer Inger Jo­hanne Vik, even scared her­self watch­ing it. “Even though I knew what was go­ing to hap­pen, I was crawl­ing into the cor­ner of the sofa,” she says. Re­call­ing film­ing her scene with the mur­derer, she adds: “I could feel in a vis­ceral way, this guy could ac­tu­ally kill me.”

Some friends told Kin­na­man they were re­luc­tant to watch as Inger’s autis­tic daugh­ter, Stina (Es­mer­alda Struwe), was stalked by the show’s se­rial killer. The child ac­tor re­turns for the new episodes, though view­ers may no­tice a dif­fer­ence given the two-year gap. “Es­mer­alda is al­ready taller than me,” ad­mits Kin­na­man.

For Series 2, she re­veals, sev­eral British ac­tors – names not yet con­firmed – are on board as FBI agents. Inger used to work for the US agency but re­turned home for rea­sons that weren’t en­tirely ex­plained last time. “My past kind of catches up with me, be­cause some­thing hap­pens in Swe­den and the FBI needs to come over. It turns out she had a very de­struc­tive re­la­tion­ship with her men­tor at the FBI, but now she needs to col­lab­o­rate with him.”

An­other twist for this sea­son is that it all takes place over three days in late win­ter. “It’s re­ally in­tense,” says Kin­na­man.

The show is based on a series of nov­els by Nor­we­gian au­thor Anne Holt, with Series 2 adapted from Death In Oslo. “She said you can take from any books and mix it around. It gives us a fan­tas­tic free­dom,” co-creator Mai Brostrom tells Crime Scene. Modus was a huge rat­ings hit in Swe­den, so Kin­na­man’s glad she changed her mind af­ter ini­tially turn­ing down the role of Inger. “She has a strong in­tu­ition and a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence, but she also has her faults. It’s a fan­tas­tic part.” Modus Series 1 is on DVD.

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