|Created by||Søren Sveistrup|
|Country of origin||Denmark|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||40|
|Running time||50 minutes|
|Original release||7 January 2007 –|
25 November 2012
|Related||The Killing (American)|
The Killing (Danish: Forbrydelsen, lit. 'The Crime') is a Danish police procedural drama television series created by Søren Sveistrup and produced by DR in co-production with ZDF Enterprises. It premiered on the Danish national television channel DR1 on 7 January 2007, and has since been broadcast in several other countries.
The series is set in Copenhagen and revolves around Detective Inspector Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl). Each series follows a murder case day-by-day. Each fifty-minute episode covers twenty-four hours of the investigation. The series is noted for its plot twists, season-long storylines, dark tone and for giving equal emphasis to the stories of the murdered victim's family and the effect in political circles alongside the police investigation. It has also been singled out for the photography of its Danish setting, and for the acting ability of its cast.
The Killing has proved to be an international success, particularly in the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands, receiving numerous awards and nominations including a BAFTA Award and an International Emmy. It has become something of a cult show. Novelisations of each series have been published by Macmillan.
Søren Sveistrup, series creator and head writer, worked closely with lead actress Sofie Gråbøl throughout the writing process to develop the character of Detective Inspector Sarah Lund. Gråbøl, in particular, became eager to defend her character. Gråbøl had a history of playing emotionally demonstrative characters on Danish television—she had worked with Sveistrup before on the TV-series Nikolaj og Julie—he approached her direct to play the part of Lund before work on the script began.
Despite her insistence that she wanted to play an "isolated person [who is] unable to communicate" Gråbøl initially found it difficult to strike the right balance for the emotionally-distant Lund and then realised that the only people she knew, who were like the character, were men. As a result, she began "acting like a man" until the character took shape.
During filming of the first series, Sveistrup also refused to reveal the identity of the murderer or even specific plot points to members of the cast, including Gråbøl. The actors would receive the scripts only on an episode-by-episode basis just moments before shooting was scheduled to begin. Only Gråbøl was told that she was not the killer.
The first series consists of twenty fifty-minute episodes, which follow the police investigation into the murder of a young woman from its commencement on 3 November to its conclusion on 22 November.
The first ten episodes were shown on DR1 each Sunday from early January to the middle of March 2007 and the intention was to show the remaining ten episodes in January–March 2008; it was so popular in Denmark that in early March it was announced that the final ten episodes would be brought forward to the autumn of 2007; they were shown from late September to late November 2007.
- Inspector Sarah Lund: Sofie Gråbøl
- Inspector Jan Meyer: Søren Malling
- Chief Inspector Erik Buchard: Troels II Munk (episodes 1–11)
- Chief Inspector Lennart Brix: Morten Suurballe (episodes 11–20)
- Troels Hartmann: Lars Mikkelsen
- Mayor Poul Bremer: Bent Mejding
- Rie Skovgaard: Marie Askehave
- Theis Birk Larsen: Bjarne Henriksen
- Pernille Birk Larsen: Ann Eleonora Jørgensen
- Vagn Skærbæk: Nicolaj Kopernikus
- Rama: Farshad Kholghi
- Morten Weber: Michael Moritzen
- Nanna Birk Larsen: Julie Ølgaard
Episodes and ratings
|Episode||Title||Original Danish air date||Danish ratings (DR1)||Original UK air date||UK ratings (BBC Four)|
|1||"Episode 1"||7 January 2007||1,550,000||22 January 2011||472,000|
|A woman is chased by an unknown person in the woods. Inspector Sarah Lund's Danish colleagues throw her a surprise farewell party as she is emigrating to Sweden along with her son to live with her boyfriend. Police find blood, a woman's clothes and a video card with Theis Birk Larsen's name at an isolated site; Sarah and the new DCI Inspector Jan Meyer are called at the scene. Theis runs a transport company and lives with his wife Pernille, daughter Nanna and two sons. Troels Hartmann is running for the Mayor's office; the incumbent Mayor Poul Bremer offers him a deal to back out of the race but he refuses. Sarah and Jan questions Pernille and asks her to call her daughter Nanna who supposedly spent the night at a girlfriend's from school; Nanna is not reachable. The police gather Nanna's class for questioning canceling the Mayor debate at the school meanwhile Lisa, Nanna's best friend leaves and searches for Nanna presuming her to be with Oliver, her ex-boyfriend. Theis shows up a Oliver's house but Nanna is not there. Sarah leads a search party in woods missing her farewell reception and flight; they find Nanna's body at the back of car drowned in a nearby waterway. The car belongs to Troels's campaign office.|
|2||"Episode 2"||14 January 2007||1,707,000||22 January 2011||421,000|
|Sarah and Jan question Theis and Pernille. They meet with Troels and his advisor Rie; while enquiring about the last driver of the car, the driver, John Lynge, manages to escape. Sarah's chief asks her to stay until the closing of the case. Sarah questions Lisa and the police place the car at Nanna's school during the Halloween party after which Nanna went missing. Troels want to release a press statement regarding the campaign's association with Lynge but Sarah asks him to hold it for a day; the press gets hold of the information. Sarah and Jan questions Lynge's sister leading them an apartment; Lynge breaks into the neighbouring apartment taking a blind woman hostage.|
|3||"Episode 3"||21 January 2007||1,622,000||29 January 2011||424,000|
|Sarah and Jan break into the apartment; Sarah finds Lynge who tells her that he was at the hospital and someone has stolen the car. Jan shows up at the scene forcing Lynch to flee; he falls down from the building injuring himself. While Lynge is shifted to the hospital journalists flock Troels’s office. The police find Nanna's costume in the bike cellar at her school but her bike is still missing. Sarah and Jan questions Oliver but is interrupted by Oliver's father. Troel finds out that his campaign secretary Morten leaked the information to the press. Sarah questions Lynge at the hospital; he tells him about a boiler room near the cellar. Jan discovers the boiler room finding signs of blood, drugs and struggle.|
|4||"Episode 4"||28 January 2007||1,213,000||29 January 2011||388,000|
|The police find blood and drugs at the boiler room. Lise questions Jeppe, Oliver's friend and the head of student council who had access to the cellar. Troel calls Sarah for a meeting at a cafe; while her boyfriend, Bengt returns home. Sarah searches Nanna's room finding expensive boots and questions Theis and Pernille about them. Pernille visits Lisa at the school. Rie confront Morten about the leak and show the email in his inbox but he denies writing it. The forensic finds bed sores in Nanna's body indicating she was drugged and raped multiple times, and cleaned after rape; police suspect it the work of a serial offender. Jan recovers a mobile video from Jeppe showing Oliver having sex with a girl similar to Nanna at the boiler room.|
|5||"Episode 5"||4 February 2007||1,532,000||5 February 2011||524,000|
|Sarah searches the boiler room again recovering a broken ear ring. Jan shows the video to Oliver but he says the girl in the video isn't Nanna. Lisa confess to Sarah that it was her in the boiler room with Oliver. Sarah and Jan interviews the school teachers; Rama one of the teachers informs that few month ago Nanna wrote an erotic story about a secret affair between a married man and a young girl for a mock essay exam. Nanna's paper is missing from the school storage; the principal suggests that Henning, a linguistic teacher who has access to the papers must have taken it. Sarah and Jan meets Henning at his house and recovers the paper; on noticing porn magazines in the house Jan questions him. Henning revels that Rama was once accused of sexual assault at the school but the girl retracted her statement. Morten asks Troels to not trust the civil servants suspecting they might be forking for Mayor Bremer. Rama visits Perniell at her house with flowers from the school. Realising that the police are questioning the teachers, Theis asks his employee Vagn to gather information about the case from a source in the school.|
|6||"Episode 6"||11 February 2007||1,600,000||5 February 2011||443,000|
|Sarah reads Nanna's story. Jan informs Sarah they received all files on teachers from Troels's office except Rama's. The police look into Rama's background who is a Syrian immigrant. Sarah and Jan visits Rama's house but only his wife, another teacher at the school is present; she tells that she and Rama spent the weekend at their allotment garden. Noticing a plastic strip in the house, Sarah searches the house finding ether and more strips. The principal informs Troels about the police's suspicion on Rama, who is also part of Troels's immigrant role model campaign. Troels visits Sarah at her house and Sarah questions him about Rama's missing file. Sarah and Jan questions Rama's alibi who informs that Rama drove away at night after coming to the allotment. Nanna's funeral is held; meanwhile Jan questions Rama's wife. The police looks into Theis's past who apparently beat up a drug dealer 20 years ago. At the funeral Vagn informs Theis that Rama is the prime suspect in the case. Sarah boards the plane for Sweden while Theis offers to drive Rama home.|
|7||"Episode 7"||18 February 2007||1,512,000||12 February 2011||524,000|
|The police search for Rama who hasn't returned home. Jan is surprised to see Sarah return; meanwhile Theis drives Rama to a harbour but leaves him unharmed. Sarah and Jan questions Rama who confesses that at the night of the party Nanna visited him in his apartment at Ryparken for a while to return some books and left her bike in front of his house. Troels decides not to suspend Rama after consideration. The police search Rama's apartment and question him but Sarah suspects Rama of lying. Sarah questions Rama's neighbour who reveals that Rama took a girl from his apartment to a car waiting outside with an Arab person in it. Sarah's boyfriend, Bengt visits her at the station asking her to leave the case and come to Sweden but she refuses until she solves the case; she gives Nanna's file to Bengt, who is a criminal psychologist to help her profile the killer. The police listen to a threatening call Rama made in Arabic to a friend; Jan ties to tracks down the friend.|
|8||"Episode 8"||25 February 2007||1,712,000||12 February 2011||466,000|
|Jan and Sarah visit Rama's father who is a Imam at the mosque in search of the friend, Mustafa Akkad; he informs that Mustafa rents garages. The police find Mustafa's garage where in a hidden cell they find a mattress and a girls clothes; Pernille recognises a sweatshirt to be similar to Nanna's. Bengt who has been studying Nanna's file meets with an accident and is admitted to hospital; Bengt tells Sarah that killer has a MO and so must be a serial offender. The police arrest Rama but release him later due to lack of enough evidence; he goes back to work but the students doesn't want to attend his class. Troels is informed that as a role model Rama had access to the same car used by the killer. Police arrest Mustafa who on questioning revels that Rama helped a girl stay at the garage who was running from her family. Meanwhile Theis kidnaps Rama.|
|9||"Episode 9"||4 March 2007||1,634,000||19 February 2011||536,000|
|The police search for Theis who has taken Rama to an old warehouse. Theis beats up Rama but the police arrive there in time and intervene; Theis is arrested. Sarah visits Bengt at the hospital to discuss the case; He asks her to look into the car again. Sarah looks into the milage log of the car and suspects that the car has been refueled before the murder by the killer; she gets the name of the gas station used to fuel the campaign cars from an employee at the office and recovers the servillance tapes. Sarah recognises the man refuelling the car as the employee who handles car keys at the office; he tells Sarah that he found the car at the school and returned the car to the parking of the Town Hall and the keys to the office. The surveillance tape of the office is found missing. Sarah asks Jan to look for cold cases related to missing girls in the country in the past 10 years.|
|10||"Episode 10"||11 March 2007||1,678,000||19 February 2011||480,000|
|Sarah and Jan review the surveillance tape from Town Hall parking which shows a man take the car while a party was being held at Troels’s office. Bengt leaves for Sweden leaving behind Sarah. Jan finds a number missing in the report of Nanna's phone details; he suspects that Buchard who was the reviewer of the case is covering for a politician. Sarah and Jan questions a taxi driver who drove Nanna from Ryparken to Gronningen at the night of the party; he revels that Nanna made him stop at the Town hall and went inside for a few minutes. Pernille learns that Nanna had opened saving accounts in her brothers name and deposited 11,000. Sarah recovers a video of Troels party at Town Hall from a journalist showing Holke, leader of the Moderate party, leave the party mid-way. Sarah questions Troels regarding Holke; Buchard discharges her from duty. Pernille learns from her sister Charlotte that she got Nanna a temporary job at the bar where she works and Nanna started seeing a man there. She further reveals that she and Theis found her drunk at a hotel room one night. Sarah tries the key found with Nanna in the buildings near Gronningen; she discovers the keys belong to a flat where she finds posters from Troels's campaign and signs of blood and struggle.|
|11||"Episode 11"||23 September 2007||1,371,000||26 February 2011||509,000|
|The police search the flat, which belong to the Troels's Liberal Party, finding Nanna's blood and fingerprints. Sarah and Jan question Troels but are interrupted by Deputy Chief, Lennart Brix who releases him. Theis is released from custody meanwhile Charlotte reveals to Sarah and Jan that Nanna was having an affair with a married man whom she called Faust and they met in hotels and a flat. Sarah makes a fake profile at Nanna's bar's dating site and finds a profile named Faust. The police find that Faust contacted Nanna's at the site; log files reveal that Faust logged on from the flat and using the Town Hall WiFi. Buckard is discharged from duty and Brix takes charge. Sarah questions Troels’s employees including one Olav Christensen. Sarah and Jan questions a married woman, Nethe who dated Faust through the site but she denies. The woman later visits the police and reveals Faust's identity; Sarah and Jan arrest Troels.|
|12||"Episode 12"||30 September 2007||1,480,000||26 February 2011||474,000|
|Hartmann admits that he had used the username Faust on the dating site but claims he had stopped using the site months before the messages were exchanged with Nana. He provides Lund with a list of people who might know his password. Meyer checks Hartman's alibi and finds that no one at the conference saw him until Sunday afternoon. Rie admits that she never saw Hartman on the Friday night that Nanna was kidnapped. Nethe, the woman who Hartman had previously met on the dating site, says she phoned Hartman on the Friday night and visited the party's apartment, but believes the person she saw in the window that night was not Hartmann. Pernille and Theis attend grief counselling, and Pernille agrees to be interviewed by a journalist.|
|13||"Episode 13"||7 October 2007||1,481,000||5 March 2011||563,000|
|Hartmann is questioned by police about his false alibi but refuses to divulge where he really was the weekend Nanna was killed. Sarah asks Olav about extra money in his pay slip, suspecting that it came from the killer in exchange for the party's apartment key. Olav approaches Bremner, claiming that Bremner has been the one sending the money in exchange for favours, but Bremner does not recognise him. Before the police can find and question him, Olav is struck by a car and dies. Theis empties Nanna's bedroom of her belongings, believing it will encourage Pernille to begin moving on from Nanna's death. Instead, a devastated Pernille demands that Theis leave their house.|
|14||"Episode 14"||14 October 2007||1,385,000||5 March 2011||511,000|
|Philip Dessau, Bremner's press advisor, tells the police that the consulting money in Olav's paycheck was routed through Hartman's office. The police investigate Hartman's summer home and find that the windows and doors have been covered up with mattresses and towels. Hartman admits that he tried to kill himself at his summer home on the Friday night of Nanna's death. The city council members bring Hartman before the electoral tribunal and vote to exclude him from the mayoral race. In light on Hartman's new alibi, Sarah suspects that Philip Dessau had been the driver of the white car that struck Olav, and questions Jens Holck about his behavior during a trip to Latvia in August. While interviewing Jens, Sarah finds the white car hidden in his garage. Theis is attacked and robbed outside of a bar and misses Nanna's urn burial with the family.|
|15||"Episode 15"||21 October 2007||1,581,000||12 March 2011||597,000|
|Jens reveals that he had used Hartman's computer to meet Nanna, had paid Olav to use the Liberal party's apartment, and had doctored documents to implicate Hartman. He attacks Sarah, but Meyer arrives and kills him. Though the case is considered solved, Sarah has doubts about its resolution. She visits the father of Melle, one of the missing girls from the cold case files, and finds a photograph of the girl wearing a black heart necklace similar to the one found with Nanna's body. The city council's decision against Hartman is revoked.|
|16||"Episode 16"||28 October 2007||1,624,000||12 March 2011||535,000|
|17||"Episode 17"||8 November 2007||1,767,000||19 March 2011||613,000|
|18||"Episode 18"||15 November 2007||1,767,000||19 March 2011||551,000|
|19||"Episode 19"||22 November 2007||1,827,000||26 March 2011||603,000|
|20||"Episode 20"||29 November 2007||2,107,000||26 March 2011||599,000|
Forbrydelsen II is set two years later and consists of ten episodes. It aired in Denmark between 27 September and 29 November 2009. Episodes were screened eleven days later on Thursdays on Norwegian NRK1. It was shown on German TV channel ZDF and on Swedish SVT in the autumn of 2010. In the United Kingdom, it was shown on BBC Four, starting from 19 November 2011, following the success of the first series, on the Belgian channel, Canvas, starting on 25 November 2011, and in Australia on SBS Two, starting from 21 March 2012. The Region 2 DVD with English subtitles was released on 19 December 2011.
Inspector Ulrik Strange arrives at a port where Lund is working as a border guard, on the orders of her former boss, Brix, to ask her to return to help investigate the murder of Anne Dragsholm, a military adviser found murdered in Ryvangen Memorial Park. Lund suspects that the murder is not as straightforward as it seems, despite the forced confession of Dragsholm's husband. Meanwhile, Thomas Buch, the newly appointed Minister of Justice, suspects that his predecessor was involved in the cover-up of a massacre of Afghan civilians by Danish soldiers and that this incident is connected with the murder. Lund is about to be discharged from the case when a second killing, that of a Danish military veteran, leads to fears that Islamic extremists are involved. Jens Peter Raben, a sectioned war veteran, knew both victims and tells his story of the execution of an Afghan family by a special forces officer named "Perk". Raben escapes, and two other members of the unit are murdered. Suspicion falls on senior military officers, including Raben's father-in-law, Colonel Jarnvig.
Buch and his secretarial team uncover further evidence of the cover-up, but the cabinet pressures him to continue pinning the murders on Muslims in order to assure the passage of an anti-terrorism bill. Raben takes refuge in a church presided over by a former army chaplain, who tries to convince him to give himself up and stop investigating the killings. Lund discovers the chaplain's body and pursues the perpetrator. She arranges for the exhumation of Perk's body. When Lund and Strange catch up with Raben, he calls out Perk's name before Strange shoots him. An injured Raben persists in accusing Strange of being the officer responsible for the massacre, yet it is later officially confirmed that he had left Afghanistan before the killings. Lund is uneasy about Strange's alibis for the murders, but takes him with her to Afghanistan to investigate a new suspect. Lund's persistence results in the discovery of the bones of the Afghan civilians.
Upon returning to Denmark, Lund meets her mother, who has had a premonition of Lund lying dead. Following a further search of a military barracks, suspicion falls on Captain Bilal, an anti-Taliban Muslim who kidnaps Raben's wife Louise. Raben and Jarnvig lead Lund and Strange to Bilal, who is killed by an explosion before they are able to question him. Strange volunteers to return Raben to the mental hospital, but Lund insists on driving them. On the way, they make a stop at the scene of Dragsholm's murder, where Lund points out to Strange the reasons why Bilal is unlikely to have been involved. Strange reveals a detail that only the murderer could know, and confesses to the murders before shooting Lund with her own gun, which he then plants on Raben. He phones the police and is about to shoot Raben when Lund hits him over the head. When Strange tries to retrieve his gun, Lund shoots him dead. As the police arrive at the scene, Lund walks away, removing her bullet-proof vest.
- Inspector Sarah Lund: Sofie Gråbøl
- Chief Inspector Lennart Brix: Morten Suurballe
- Inspector Ulrik Strange: Mikael Birkkjær
- Justice Minister Thomas Buch: Nicolas Bro
- Prime Minister Gert Grue Eriksen: Kurt Ravn
- Colonel Torsten Jarnvig: Flemming Enevold
- Major Christian Søgaard: Carsten Bjørnlund
- Sergeant Jens Peter Raben: Ken Vedsegaard
- Louise Raben: Stine Prætorius
- Carsten Plough: Preben Kristensen
- Karina Munk Jørgensen: Charlotte Guldberg
- Erling Krabbe: Jens Jacob Tychsen
- Captain Said Bilal: Igor Radoslavjevic
- VPD Ruth Hedeby: Lotte Andersen
Episodes and ratings
|Episode||First broadcast Denmark (DR1)||Official TNS Gallup ratings||First broadcast UK (BBC Four)||Official BARB ratings|
|1||27 September 2009||1,702,000||19 November 2011||1,248,000|
|2||4 October 2009||1,696,000||19 November 2011||909,000|
|3||11 October 2009||1,479,000||26 November 2011||1,080,000|
|4||18 October 2009||1,677,000||26 November 2011||863,000|
|5||25 October 2009||1,658,000||3 December 2011||1,090,000|
|6||1 November 2009||1,505,000||3 December 2011||859,000|
|7||8 November 2009||1,575,000||10 December 2011||1,044,000|
|8||15 November 2009||1,609,000||10 December 2011||902,000|
|9||22 November 2009||1,561,000||17 December 2011||1,085,000|
|10||29 November 2009||1,735,000||17 December 2011||928,000|
Series 3 on BBC Four in the UK began on 17 November 2012 with 1.04 million viewers.
- Chief Inspector Sarah Lund: Sofie Gråbøl
- VPD Lennart Brix: Morten Suurballe
- Mathias Borch: Nikolaj Lie Kaas
- Inspector Asbjørn Juncker: Sigurd Holmen le Dous
- Robert Zeuthen: Anders W. Berthelsen
- Maja Zeuthen: Helle Fagralid
- Niels Reinhardt: Stig Hoffmeyer
- Prime Minister Kristian Kamper: Olaf Johannessen
- Kristoffer "Stoffer" Kamper: Jonatan Spang
- Karen Nebel: Trine Pallesen
- Birgit Eggert: Tammi Øst
- Deputy Public Prosecutor Tage Steiner: Peter Mygind
- Rosa Lebech: Sara-Marie Maltha
Episodes and ratings
|Episode||First broadcast Denmark (DR1)||Official TNS Gallup ratings||First broadcast UK (BBC Four)||Official BARB ratings|
|1||23 September 2012||1,678,000||17 November 2012||1,264,000|
|2||30 September 2012||1,746,000||17 November 2012||1,111,000|
|3||7 October 2012||1,516,000||24 November 2012||1,090,000|
|4||14 October 2012||1,463,000||24 November 2012||999,000|
|5||21 October 2012||1,644,000||1 December 2012||1,000,000|
|6||28 October 2012||1,703,000||1 December 2012||1,023,000|
|7||4 November 2012||1,706,000||8 December 2012||1,099,000|
|8||11 November 2012||1,708,000||8 December 2012||1,036,000|
|9||18 November 2012||1,773,000||15 December 2012||1,083,000 + 200,000 BBC HD|
|10||25 November 2012||1,981,000||15 December 2012||1,027,000 + 194,000 BBC HD|
Figures for the UK broadcast of episodes 1 – 8 do not include the ratings for BBC HD.
In the wake of the successful Wallander series, The Killing became another Scandinavian crime hit with British viewers when it was shown on BBC Four in the spring of 2011. Although subtitled, it attracted more viewers than Mad Men, scored audience appreciation figures of 94%, and was described as "the best series currently on TV". The success created an interest in all things Danish, and the female detective's Faroese jumper was the subject of newspaper articles as well as becoming a sought after online item.
As well as the UK, DR also sold the series to a number of other broadcasters worldwide, and The Killing was eventually shown in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Japan, Russia, Spain and the US with varying degrees of success. Producer Piv Bernth described the broad appeal of the show as "groundbreaking", and explained what she believed to be the root of its popularity:
"It's the first time you have a detective drama over 20 episodes – other series had one killing per episode. And we also have this three-plot structure – what does it [a murder] mean for a police investigator, what does it mean for the parents, what does it mean for the politicians. It's not just about finding the murderer. That's important, but it's not all."
Over 120 countries have purchased the first two seasons of The Killing. The first series has also been shown in other countries, as follows:
- 2007: Norway on NRK1 (as Forbrytelsen)
- 2007: Finland on Yle Fem (as Brottet) and AVA (as Rikos)
- 2007: Faroe Islands on SvF (as Brotsgerðin)
- 2008: Sweden on SVT1 (as Brottet)
- 2008: Iceland on RÚV
- 2008: Germany on ZDF (as Kommissarin Lund: Das Verbrechen)
- 2009: Austria on ORF
- 2010: Belgium, France, Germany on ARTE (as The Killing)
- 2010: Australia on SBS One
- 2010: Belgium on Canvas
- 2011: United Kingdom on BBC Four (as The Killing)
- 2011: Russia on Channel One (as Убийство)
- 2011: Spain on AXN (as The Killing: Crónica de un asesinato)
- 2011: Portugal on AXN Black (as The Killing: Crónica de um assassinato)
- 2011: Poland on Ale Kino+ (as The Killing)
- 2012: Japan on Super! drama TV (as The Killing)
- 2012: Brazil on Globosat HD (as The Killing: História de Um Assassinato)
- 2012: Netherlands on Nederland 2 by the KRO (as The Killing)
- 2012: Hungary
- 2012: New Zealand on SoHo TV (as Forbrydelsen)
- 2012: Belgium, France, Germany on ARTE (as The Killing)
- 2012: Italy on RAI4 (as Killing)
- 2012: Croatia on HRT3 (as Ubojstvo)
- 2013: Estonia on ETV (as Kuritegu)
- 2013: Czech Republic on ČT2 (as Zločin)
- 2013: Greece on Mega Channel (as The Killing)
- 2013: Turkey on Dizimax (as Forbrydelsen)
- 2013: Serbia on RTS1 (as Ubistvo)
- 2013: Taiwan on PTS (as The Killing)
- 2013: Latin America on AXN Central & South America (as The Killing: Crónica de un asesinato)
- 2013: Republic of Ireland on TG4 (as The Killing)
- 2014: Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan on BBC Persian (as Ghatl dar Kopenhag [Murder in Copenhagen])
- 2015: Slovenia on TV3 Medias (as Investigation)
- 2020: Canada on Knowledge Network (as The Killing)
- 2021: Israel on Kan 11 (as The Murder)
- 2021: The USA on Amazon Prime (as The Killing)
Awards and nominations
The Killing has been awarded a number of awards and recognitions from various festivals and organisations from around the globe since it began in 2007. Because of the time-lapse in airdates between countries, honours awarded to the first two series are spread out over an unusual number of years.
In the UK, the first series won the 2011 BAFTA award in the "Best International" category. It was also nominated for the Audience Award but lost to reality show The Only Way is Essex. The second series was again nominated for "Best International" in 2012, but lost out to fellow Danish programme Borgen.
|2008||International Emmys||Best Drama Series||The Killing||Nominated|
|Best Performance by an Actress||Sofie Gråbøl||Nominated|
|2010||Monte-Carlo Television Festival||Outstanding International Producer for a Drama Series||Piv Bernth||Nominated|
|Outstanding European Producer for a Drama Series||Piv Bernth||Won|
|Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series||Nicolas Bro||Nominated|
|Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Sofie Gråbøl||Nominated|
|International Emmys||Best Drama Series||The Killing II||Nominated|
|2011||BAFTA Television Awards||Best International TV Series||The Killing||Won|
|Audience Award||The Killing||Nominated|
|Crime Thriller Awards UK||Best International TV Series||The Killing||Won|
|Best Actor||Lars Mikkelsen||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Sofie Gråbøl||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||Bjarne Henriksen||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Ann Eleonora Jørgensen||Won|
|2012||Royal Television Society Programme Awards||International Award||The Killing||Nominated|
|BAFTA Television Awards||Best International||The Killing II||Nominated|
|Crime Thriller Awards UK||Best International TV Series||The Killing II||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Sofie Gråbøl||Nominated|
|2013||Monte-Carlo Television Festival||Outstanding European TV Drama Series||The Killing III||Nominated|
|Outstanding Actress in a TV Drama Series||Sofie Gråbøl||Won|
|Crime Thriller Awards UK||Best International TV Series||The Killing III||Won|
|Best Actress||Sofie Gråbøl||Nominated|
Subtitled programmes in the UK
Following both its critical and ratings success in the United Kingdom, the BBC began importing and broadcasting more subtitled programmes from a number of different countries. In 2012 the popular Danish drama Borgen and the more popular joint Swedish-Danish venture The Bridge both aired on BBC Four with similarly high viewing figures, while in the same year ITV3 also acquired the original TV2 series Those Who Kill. In late 2011 digital channel Sky Arts also broadcast the Italian series Romanzo Criminale, while FX bought the rights to popular French cop show Braquo.
Although BBC Four had shown subtitled dramas before, notably the Swedish version of Wallander and French police procedural Spiral, controller of the channel Richard Klein described The Killing as "a game-changer". Vicky Frost of The Guardian noted how it was The Killing which "paved the way for a wave of subtitled European crime dramas" appearing on UK television, while head of programming at FX Toby Etheridge also confirmed his belief that "The Killing proved it was possible [to successfully show subtitled drama]".
In 2011, a US remake was produced by the American cable network AMC. The original series was not broadcast in the US. A remake was produced by Fox Television Studios for the American cable network AMC. It premiered on 3 April 2011 and ran for two seasons before being cancelled on 27 July 2012. However, on 8 November 2012, it was confirmed that Fox Television Studios were in final negotiations with Netflix in order to continue the series for a third season. AMC, who had originally cancelled the show, was also included in part of the deal. The deal in question gives the network the privilege of airing the new episodes before they are hosted by Netflix in return for sharing any associated production costs with Netflix. The original US production team are expected to return. A fourth season, consisting of six episodes, was produced by and is available on Netflix.
On 8 April 2011, Sofie Gråbøl, the star of the Danish series, was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 programme Woman's Hour when she explained the American remake was necessary because Americans "for some reason cannot read subtitles, or they don't want to". Gråbøl herself has made a guest appearance in one episode of the American show playing a minor role.
A Egyptian remake, Mounatef Khater was produced, the rights were previously acquired by MBC and Charisma Group.
A novelisation based on the first series and titled The Killing: Book One was published by Macmillan in 2012. The book was written by British author David Hewson. This was followed by The Killing: Book Two in January 2013, and The Killing: Book Three in February 2014.
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