This year BBC Four viewers can look forward to the return of existing favourites and brand new series which we hope will provide more compelling reasons to travel the world on a Saturday night!”Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition
Date: 11.03.2013 Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.01
Since the introduction of Spiral in 2006, acquired drama has found a regular home on BBC Four. Subsequent series including Wallander, The Killing, Borgen, Inspector Montalbano, Mad Men, The Slap and The Bridge have established BBC Four’s reputation for showcasing outstanding content from across the world.
Richard Klein, Controller of BBC Four, comments: “These acquisitions are part of BBC Four’s ongoing mission to give
viewers an excuse to stay in on a Saturday night by offering an entertaining
alternative toSaturday television viewing. Arne Dahl continues
in the tradition of The Killing and Wallander in portraying a social
hinterland through the prism of the day-to-day of police investigation; and
Inspector De Luca is a clever and hugely entertaining drama that portrays wartime
Italy in a way that is both very familiar to our own war time experiences and
The success of acquired drama on a Saturday night has seen the
slot grow more than threefold since 2009 with a 2.9 per cent share of the audience
in 2012 (compared with 0.9 per cent audience share in 2009).
Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition adds: “We are really
thrilled with the increasing audience to, and appreciation of, BBC Four’s
international drama offering – but we have no intention of resting on our
laurels. This year BBC Four viewers can look forward to the return of existing
favourites and brand new series which we hope will provide more compelling
reasons to travel the world on a Saturday night!”
BBC Four has announced two exciting additions to an outstanding new year of
international drama and film on the Channel: Swedish crime series Arne Dahl and
Italian series Inspector De Luca.
Arne Dahl (a pseudonym of the award winning author
Jan Arnald) is based on five of Dahl’s novels, beginning with The Blinded
Man. The series revolves around a tight-knit team
of elite specialists who investigate the dark side of society. It is produced
by Filmlance International and written by
Rolf Börjlind and Cecilia Börjlind.
Inspector De Luca is made by Ager 3/Rai Radiotelevisione
Italiana. A four-part crime
series based on the novels by Carlo Lucarelli, it is set in and around Bologna
during the tumultuous years of Mussolini’s dictatorship. Inspector De Luca is
an investigator whose brutal honesty and uncompromising character may help him
solve cases, but combined with his love of women, they also conspire to get him
acquired drama and film highlights to look forward to in 2013 include:
Set in the early 1990s and starring Michele
Riondino in the title role, Young Montalbano gives an insight into the private
life and early crime-fighting career of the idiosyncratic Sicilian detective. This prequel series, also written by Andrea
Camilleri, was recently shown to critical acclaim in Italy.
We last saw Danish Prime
Minister Birgitte Nyborg (Sidse Babett Knudsen) calling
a general election. Two and a half years later, Lars Hesselboe (Søren
Spanning) is leading the government and Birgitte Nyborg has
left the political stage. Following the divorce from her husband in
season two, Birgitte and her children are moving house, and her daughter
is much improved from the anxiety attacks which affected her when her
was Prime Minister. Disillusioned with the political situation in
and in particular with the compromises the Moderate Party are making
new government, her old friend and mentor, Bent Sejrø (Lars Knutzon)
tries to persuade her to re-enter the arena...
Bridge, series 2
rusty old coaster en route in the Öresund sound suddenly veers off course and
heads for the Øresund Bridge. The Maritime Administration in Malmö calls the
coaster, but gets no answer. The operator’s call echoes on the ship’s empty
bridge. The crew is nowhere to be seen...
the coaster, making good speed, rams the concrete foundations laid out to
protect the bridge. The ship is empty – or so it is believed until five people
are found chained, cold and exhausted below deck. Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) from Malmö CID arrives at
the scene and starts working on finding the identities of the five people.
unknown victims, of whom three are Swedish and two Danish, are brought to a hospital
in Malmö. Without hesitation, Saga
contacts her Danish colleague, Martin Rhode (Kim Bodnia) and their new
popular Sicilian detective makes a welcome return in four brand new episodes.
Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War
A 2x85-minute dramatization of the story of World Series
Cricket and its creator, Australian media mogul Kerry Packer, who signed up the world's greatest
players, brought the cricketing establishment to its knees and changed the face
of the modern game.
The Skin I Live In
Bafta-winning thriller from acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar, starring
Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya. After
the death of his wife in a car accident, eminent plastic surgeon Dr Robert
Ledgard spends many years striving to create an indestructible synthetic skin
which could have saved her. Finally, he
is ready to go ahead with a trial - all
he needs is a human guinea pig...
The King Of Devil’s Island
Based on a true story, The King of Devil's Island tells the
unsettling tale of a group of young delinquents banished to the remote prison
of Bastøy in Norway. Under the guise of rehabilitation the boys suffer a
gruelling daily regime at the hands of their wardens until the arrival of new
boys Erling and Ivar spark a chain of events that ultimately ignite rebellion.
In A Better World
Oscar and Golden Globe-winning film, directed by Susanne Bier. Anton
is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark
and his work at an African refugee camp. Anton and his wife Marianne,
who have two
young sons, are separated and struggling with the possibility of
Their older son, 10-year-old Elias is being bullied at school, until he
defended by Christian, who has just moved from London with his father,
Claus. Elias and Christian quickly form a strong bond, but when
involves Elias in a dangerous act of revenge, their friendship is tested
lives are put in danger.
In this action-packed French thriller, Samuel Pierret is a
nurse who saves the life of a criminal whose gang then take Samuel's pregnant
wife hostage to force him to help their boss escape. A race through the subways and streets of
Paris ensues. As the body-count rises,
Samuel must evade the cops and the criminal underground to rescue his wife.
Notes to editors
Arne Dahl is produced by Filmlance International, in co-production with: Sveriges Television, ZDF German Television Network, ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Filmregion Stockholm-Mälardalen, Nordisk Film Production.
BBC Four shows over 20 foreign language film premieres per year