Public broadcaster TV 2 Denmark has announced that the third season of the hit crime drama Dicte is set to start filming this month. Fantastisk!
Hopefully, the announcement about Season 3 will spur Netflix to screen the second season of Dicte sooner instead of later (assuming the streaming giant picks it up), as stateside fans of the Danish mystery/crime drama have been waiting rather (im)patiently for it since Season 1 premiered in the US in November 2014.
(The lag time between the premiere of Season 1 in Denmark and the US was just shy of two years, so if this holds for Season 2, we won’t see the latter until — yikes! — summer 2016.)
Be that as it may, there being a third season means Dicte is still doing very well in its native Denmark. According to Katrine Vogelsang, TV 2’s Head of Fiction, “The Danish viewers love the character of Dicte and the series has performed fantastically in TV 2’s prime-time slot on Monday nights. In Denmark, we measure the viewers’ evaluations of the individual episodes, and we are very proud to find Dicte at the top of all Danish TV series.”
Based on the crime novels by Danish journalist and bestselling author Elsebeth Egholm, Dicte stars Robert Festival 2014 Best Actress nominee Iben Hjejle (Dag, Klovn) as the eponymous Dicte Svendsen, a divorced single mother and crime reporter for the local Aarhus newspaper Dagbladet.
Dicte’s crime beat puts her up close and personal (but not intimate) with John Wagner (Robert Festival Best Actor nominee Lars Brygmann, Bankerot, Unit One), the divorced and socially-awkward detective who leads the criminal investigations. Her job also introduces her to photographer Bo Skytte (Best Supporting Actor nominee Dar Salim, Borgen, The Bridge), who becomes her boyfriend following her divorce from the philandering Torsten (Best Supporting Actor nominee Lars Ranthe, The Hunt, Adam’s Apples).
In Season 2 the relationship between Dicte and Wagner grows stronger and more personal as they get entangled in the Aarhus worlds of prostitution, S&M, and football (soccer) while investigating criminal cases involving murder, hooliganism, match fixing, child abuse, and the sale of blood diamonds.
Meanwhile, Dicte’s personal life gets turned upside down when her father initiates contact for the first time since she left her parents and the Jehovah’s Witnesses 20 years ago. Then there’s her daughter Rose (Emilie Kruse, You & Me Forever), who’s graduating high school and ready to be liberated into adulthood. If that weren’t enough stress, Dicte’s ex-husband Torsten and her best friend Anne (Lærke Winther, Bankerot, Those Who Kill) are dating now, while she’s feeling pressure in her own love life, as Bo is ready for them to live together and start a family.
The TV 2 announcement didn’t mention Best Supporting Actress nominee Lene Maria Christensen (The Legacy, Lulu & Leon), who plays Dicte’s friend Ida Marie Svensson, as returning to the series. However, it did note that Danish stars Søren Malling (1864, Borgen) and Stine Stengade (Flame and Citron, The Spider) are joining the Dicte cast.
The third season of Dicte, a Miso Film production, produced in collaboration with TV 2 Denmark, TV4 Sweden, TV2 Norway, YLE Finland, and RUV Iceland, amongst other partners, is scheduled to begin filming on 19 October 2015 in Aarhus, Denmark, and other locations.
Stay tuned for updates.
Source: World Screen