Thursday 1 September 2011, 17:30
The Killing is back! Well, we're repeating all of the first series in its entirety, at least.
The whole original and best version in one mad block of programmes so that fans and newcomers, people who missed the series first time around, and those hungry to watch it again, can submerge themselves in an ocean of Danish criminal procedure, Faroese pullovers and riveting whodunnit tension.
I loved it the first time round.
Such an original piece of work, classy and beautifully plotted, the real draw of The Killing is its masterful and unyielding determination to stay focused on that single murder, that single investigation and that single (not to say singular) police investigator, Sarah Lund.
Yet at the same time it does not shy away from the mass of rippling consequence that comes to so many individuals when an act of brutality comes smashing into otherwise relatively still lives.
I feel, and have always done, that BBC Four is the place to showcase the best of television from around the world, and that language - ie not English - isn't a barrier to the channel's audience.
In some ways, oddly, The Killing's sub-titles actually help.
It allows us to focus and concentrate and really absorb the other-worldness of the programme.
BBC Four is the premier channel for people who like to think, for whom authorship, intelligent comment and entertaining perspective on mainstream subjects is their way of enjoying television.
And, perhaps, in Sarah Lund there is a character who reflects something of these traits in her own character.
Singular, often unpredictable but always inquiring and as a consequence, both interesting and attractive.
There will be some who say that this should be noted even more because she is a woman. I disagree.
Though the actress Sofie GrÃ¥bÃ¸l explains she treated the role of Lund by acting like a man to start off with, in the drama her gender is, in my view, noteworthy only because it actually doesn't matter.
She is a police officer with an utter fascination for detective work, and in that one compulsion, her personal life suffers - an always watchable trait in our television police dramas.
At the same time, The Killing is most definitely a story of our times in whatever society we live in.
The family dramas, the workplace frictions, the media pressures, the modern politics: I feel we can all relate to that.
So enjoy this chance to watch The Killing again, and prepare yourselves for the return of Sophie Lund in The Killing II later this year, exclusively on BBC Four.
Richard Klein is the controller of BBC Four. He recently wrote about the channel's new role as curator of archive BBC content on the About the BBC Blog.
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