Primetime TV Review: “The Sommerdahl Murders”

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The Sommerdahl Murders"

The Sommerdahl Murders” on Acorn Review by Suzanne 7/6/20

This is a Danish police show, set in the seaside town of Elsinore, but it also involves relationships between the police and their families. Based on a series of books, the main characters are Dan (Peter Mygind), a police detective; and his wife Marianne (Laura Drasbaek), a forensic pathologist, who work together and celebrate 25 years of marriage. Dan is your typical TV cop who works long hours and puts everything into his job, neglecting his marriage and family. Dan’s partner is Flemming Torp (Andre Babikian), another detective. A woman’s body is found washed up on the shore, so the detectives try to find out who she is and who murdered her. They discover she gave birth, so they try to find the baby. Marianne and Dan’s anniversary dinner is pre-empted by the investigation in the first episode.

Up until this point, I was pretty bored. It moves very slowly. Towards the end of the episode, though, things picked up quite a lot as Marianne meets an old school friend, which inadvertently (in a somewhat contrived way) gets her dragged into the murder mystery. Quite a few shocking things happen. It might be worth tuning in to the rest. There’s only 8 episodes. The writing is pretty good, and the characters are more like real people than what you normally find in a police drama.

If you want a more detailed review, go here, but it does have spoilers.


“The Sommerdahl Murders” Acorn TV June 29

Monday, June 29, 2020

THE SOMMERDAHL MURDERS, Series 1 (Acorn TV Exclusive, Foreign Language, Danish, with English subtitles)In the beautiful Danish coastal town of Helsingør, Detective Chief inspector Dan Sommerdahl (Peter Mygind, Flame and Citron) is the undisputed hero at North Sjælland Police. But while he can look back at a remarkable history of solved homicides, things aren’t going as well at home with his wife, Chief Criminal Technician, Marianne Sommerdahl (Laura Drasbæk, Pusher), who feels neglected and distant from her husband. When the body of a young woman washes up on a beach, Dan and his best friend and colleague, Detective Flemming Torp (André Babikian, The Protectors), quickly determine this wasn’t an accident, and they are in hot pursuit to find the murderer and the baby the female victim had just given birth to. At the same time, when Dan finds out that his best friend is in love with his wife and the admiration is mutual on the wife’s end, these new dynamics put these relationships to the test, under the stress of trying to solve new murders and keep the city safe. (8 EPS, 2020)

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