Fans of the Arne Dahl television series, it’s time to do a happy dance, because the Swedish hit is currently filming a new season and will return to telly in 2015.
When we next see A Unit, several changes will have taken place. Former unit head Jenny Hultin has retired, deskman Viggo Norlander has moved on to be the police spokesperson in Gothenburg, and detective Paul Hjelm (Shanti Roney, The Eagle) has been assigned as an investigator with Internal Affairs (which, you might recall, investigated him in the Series One opener), although he will still work with A Unit.
And despite the demand from Sweden CID higher-ups that the six-member A Unit become a team of three (in the Series One closer), it appears that crime fighting has more or less trumped budget constraints, and A Unit is a now a team of five, headed by the since-promoted single-mother Kerstin Holm (Malin Arvidsson, Psalm 21).
(More about Series One at Arne Dahl: An Intense Swedish Series for Crime Drama Fans.)
Kerstin is supported by A Unit colleagues Gunnar Nyberg (Magnus Samuelsson, The World’s Strongest Man), Jorge Chavez (now played by Alexander Salzberger of Beck), Aarto Söderstedt (Niklas Åkerfelt, Where Once We Walked), and Sara Svenhagen (Vera Vitali, Blind), as well as new recruit Ida Jankowicz (Natalie Minnevik, Real Humans).
Arne Dahl ‘s second series will consist of ten hour-long episodes that have been adapted from the sixth through tenth “Intercrime” novels by Jan Arnald (written under the pen name Arne Dahl) — A Midsummer Night’s Dream (En midsommarnattsdröm), Requiem (Dödsmässa), Hidden Numbers (Mörkertal), Afterquake (Efterskalv), and Eye in the Sky (Himmelsöga) — with the action picking up two years after the conclusion of Series One.
Filming of Arne Dahl: Series Two is slated to run from August through December of this year, with premieres in Sweden on SVT and in the UK (presumably on BBC Four) in Spring 2015. No announcement has yet been made about if or when the new series will make its way to this side of the fjords, so stay tuned.