Easter is Norway’s biggest Christian holiday, with the entire country shutting down from Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday. Shops and offices are closed, and folks enjoy their week off from work by curling up next to their fireplaces at home or in their mountain cabins with some chocolate and an orange and reading the latest crime novels from popular writers – Unni Lindell, Jo Nesbø, Gunnar Staalesen, etc. – published to coincide with the holiday. The tradition started back in 1923, when a pair of enterprising authors advertised their new crime novel by printing the title as a headline on the front page of the Aftenposten, Norway’s national newspaper. Readers were convinced that the headline was real (not fake) news, and the PR stunt worked as the book became a phenomenon. Thus began the uniquely Norwegian tradition of Påskekrim, which literally means ‘Easter Crime’! MHz Choice invites you to get your own Påskekrim on this weekend with our hand-picked selection of dark, delectable Norsk Noir.


Mammon

DRAMA | NORWAY | NORWEGIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | TV-14

Jon Øigarden as newspaper journalist Peter Verås in Mammon

Season 2 of this gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines conspiracy thriller will premiere on MHz Choice in 2018, and sees Trond Espen Seim (Dirty Money White Lies, the forthcoming Varg Veum) join the cast – as the Norwegian prime minister! In the meantime, catch up on the complete first season this weekend.

Uncompromising reporter Peter Verås uncovers evidence of massive financial fraud involving Norway’s political and financial elite – evidence which then sparks his own brother’s suicide. Bewildered and grief-stricken, Peter continues his investigation but the closer he gets to the truth, the more dangerous it becomes for him and his family. A gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines conspiracy thriller.

Unni Lindell

MYSTERY | NORWAY | SCANDINAVIAN CRIME FICTION | NORWEGIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | TV-14

Reidar Sørensen stars as homicide detective Cato Isaksen in Unni Lindell

Reidar Sørensen stars as homicide detective Cato Isaksen in this series based on the popular crime novels by Norway’s Queen of Crime, Unni Lindell. Cato has a somewhat chaotic personal life – that’s putting it mildly – but he’s great at his job, and it’s a good thing he is… Who knew Norway had so many murders?

Torpedo

DRAMA – CRIME | NORWAY | SCANDINAVIAN CRIME FICTION | NORWEGIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | TV-MA

Jørgen Langhelle as Terje in Torpedo

Emotionally-charged crime drama about an underworld enforcer who has his life turned upside down when he comes home to find his wife murdered. She was killed with her husband’s weapon, making him the prime suspect, and leaving him with the responsibility of caring for their five-year-old daughter as he embarks on a harrowing four-day quest find the real killers and clear his name. A terrific script and gritty direction from Trygve Allister Diesen, who also helmed some of the best episodes in the Unni Lindell and Inspector Winter series.

Good Night Darling

DRAMA | NORWAY | NORWEGIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | TV-14

Good Night Darling

A struggling musician inadvertently videotapes a murder and decides to try his hand at blackmail in this blackly-comic (and exquisitely written) miniseries based on the novel by Fredrik Skagen.

Beck

MYSTERY | SWEDEN | SCANDINAVIAN CRIME FICTION | SWEDISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES | TV-MA

Peter Haber as Martin Beck (LEFT), Kristofer Hivju as Steiner Hovland (RIGHT) in Beck

OK, it’s Swedish – but since Norway’s own Kristofer Hivju joined the cast last year, we’ll make an exception! Start from the very first episode, or start from Episode 32 when Kristofer’s Steinar joins Beck’s team – either way, just watch it!

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