New Swedish crime show for BBC Four

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BBC Four has acquired a new Swedish crime series for Saturday night, following the success of hit foreign series like The Killing and Wallander.

Arne Dahl, the pseudonym of author Jan Arnald on whose books it is based, begins with The Blinded Man.

BBC Four's Richard Klein said he hoped the drama, about a team of police specialists, would "give viewers an excuse to stay in on a Saturday night".

Foreign drama has seen BBC Four treble its Saturday night audience share.

Since 2009, the slot has grown from a 0.9% to a 2.9% share in 2012, with shows such as The Killing, Borgen and Inspector Montalbano acquiring a cult following.

"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," said Sue Deekes, head of programme acquisition.

Wartime Italy

The Bridge A second series of The Bridge is expected to be shown later this year

"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."

This year marks the return of series two of The Bridge and series three of political drama Borgen, as well as the debut of prequel series Young Montalbano, about the private life and early crime-fighting career of the idiosyncratic Sicilian detective.

In addition, BBC Four will be showing a new four-part Italian series Inspector De Luca, based on the novels by Carlo Lucarelli, and set in and around Bologna during Mussolini's dictatorship.

"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 intriguingly foreign," Klein said.

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