Bonne Année! And what a way to kick off the new year than with a dozen new shows and seasons, including the return of our favorite wisecracking Danish teacher!
To see the complete list of Euro TV shows available in the US and UK, including ongoing updates of titles released throughout each month on streaming platforms and digital channels, see the Euro TV Shows by Language section.
All programs listed below are shown in their original language with English subtitles.
Glacé: Season 1 (The Frozen Dead) (France)
César Awards nominee Charles Berling (Ridicule) heads up the cast of this psychological crime thriller, which won the Best Series Award at the Festival de la Fiction TV de La Rochelle in 2016.
Based on the novel of the same name by Bernard Minier, the story opens with a group of workers finding the corpse of a headless horse hanging from a cable car 6500 feet up the edge of a mountain in the French Pyrenees. Handling the case are Captain Martin Servaz (Berling), seconded from the regional police in Toulouse to the local police in the small Pyrenean town of Saint-Martin-de-Comminges, and Irène Ziegler (Julia Piaton, Profilage) of the National Gendarmerie.
Their investigation leads to the discovery of human DNA at the crime scene — DNA belonging to serial killer Julian Alois Hirtmann (Pascal Greggory, La Vie en Rose), who Servaz arrested years ago. But here’s the thing: Hirtmann is imprisoned in the town’s Wargnier Institute, a high-security mental asylum where young psychiatrist Diane Berg (Nina Meurisse, Match Day) is starting to conduct psychotherapy sessions with Hirtmann.
The six-part noir drama features Lubna Azabal (The Honourable Woman), Anne Le Ny (The Intouchables), Robinson Stévenin (La Mante), Sophie Guillemin (My Afternoons with Margueritte), and Robert Plagnol (Gloria’s Law: The Devil’s Advocate).
Glacé, a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US and UK on Monday, January 1st, exclusively on Netflix.
Baantjer Mysteries: Season 4 (Baantjer) (Netherlands)
The late Piet Römer (De kip en het ei) returns as Detective Jurriaan “Jurre” de Cock for another 13 episodes of this popular and long-running Dutch police procedural based on the novels by A.C. Baantjer.
The new season finds de Cock, his headstrong sidekick Dick Vledder (Victor Reinier, The Godless), no-nonsense Officer Vera Prins (Marian Mudder, Lord & Master), and tech wiz Albert Keizer (Martin Schwab, Onderweg naar morgen) investigating all manner of murder in Amsterdam, including the killings of a dominatrix, a magazine publisher, and a priest.
Featuring Serge-Henri Valcke (Professor T.) as Commissioner Corneel Buitendam, Baantjer Mysteries: Season 4 premieres in the US and Canada on Tuesday, January 2nd, exclusively on MHz Choice and the MHz Choice Channel on Amazon.
The Team: Season 1 (Denmark)
Lars Mikkelsen (The Day Will Come, 1864) leads the ensemble cast of this multi-lingual crime drama, which follows a joint Danish-German-Belgian investigative team tasked with solving a series of cross-border murders in Europe.
Led by Harald Bjorn (Mikkelsen), chief of the Danish police team, along with his German and Belgian counterparts, Jackie Müller (Jasmin Gerat, SOKO Köln) and Alicia Verbeeck (Veerle Baetens, Beyond the Walls), the team includes forensics, legal, and IT experts, as well as criminal profilers and psychologists, whose work takes them to major cities across the continent.
Written by the team of Mai Brostrøm and Peter Thorsboe (Modus, The Protectors, The Eagle, Unit One), the eight-episode first season features Nicholas Ofczarek (Old Money), Carlos Leal (The Undertaker), Ida Engvoll (Rebecka Martinsson), Koen De Bouw (Professor T.), Miriam Stein (Generation War), Hilde Van Mieghem (Tabula Rasa), and Alexandra Rapaport (The Sandhamn Murders).
Thomas Adam (Thomas Jouannet, Nina, Enquêtes réservées) isn’t so much a psychic as a man with a rare gift: the ability to see a person’s visual memories by touching an object belonging to that person and reading the energy imprint s/he left on it.
For the past fifteen years, Thomas has been helping the FBI with his gift as part of a plea deal to get him out of a life sentence in jail in the United States. He isn’t supposed to leave the country, but does after receiving a three-word note along with a small statue — together a death threat against Thomas’ younger and estranged brother Eric (Alexis Loret, Magellan, Nestor Burma).
Eric is a police lieutenant in their hometown of Aix-en-Provence, and it is to this city in the south of France that Thomas returns. In Part 1 of the series’ pilot, the timing of Thomas’ arrival coincides with the abduction of a teen-aged girl. Part 2 finds Thomas assisting on another investigation, one of a man found stabbed to death. The plot thickens when a piece of evidence links the Adam brothers’ present-day events to their shared tragic past.
Written by Delinda Jacobs (No Second Chance) along with series creator Hervé Korian (La loi selon Bartoli) and series producer Christophe Carmona (The Forest), and costarring Ingrid Donnadieu (Full Speed), Amélie Remacle (Esprits de famille), and Hélène Seuzaret (No Limit), Contact premieres in the US on Thursday, January 11th, exclusively on Walter Presents US and the Walter Presents channel on Amazon.
Rita: Season 4 (Denmark)
She’s baaack! She being the irrepressible, wisecracking, now-former teacher Rita Madsen (Mille Dinesen, Borgen).
At the start of this new (presumably zinger-filled) season of one of the best Danish dramedies ever, we find Rita life’s is rather different from the one she had in Season 3. She’s living at her daughter Molly’s (Sara Hjort Ditlevsen, Below the Surface) apartment and working at a burger bar. Unbeknownst to her, Molly has submitted a job application on her behalf and Rita is offered the job — at the primary school she attended as a youth.
Cue the (hopefully hilarious) flashbacks to Rita’s younger days…
Also returning for the new season are Lise Baastrup (The Other World) as Hjørdis, Nikolaj Groth (The Absent One) as Rita’s son Jeppe, and Kristoffer Fabricius (The Other World) as Hjørdis’ partner Uffe. Joining the cast are Charlotte Munck (Anna Pihl) and Ole Lemmeke (The Killing).
Rita: Season 4 premieres in the US and UK on Tuesday, January 16th, exclusively on Netflix.
Wataha: Season 1 (The Pack) (Poland)
This crime drama-action thriller is set (and filmed mostly on location) in the remote Bieszczady Mountains on the Polish-Ukrainian border — the external border of the European Union and a main route for illegal crossings and the smuggling of drugs, weapons, and people from Asia into Europe.
The six-episode first season stars Leszek Lichota (Prawo Agaty) as Captain Wiktor Rebrow, head of the border guard unit in Ustrzyki Górne and the only survivor of a bomb blast that kills his colleagues and fiancée. The devastated Rebrow becomes the prime suspect in the investigation led by Prosecutor Iga Dobosz (Aleksandra Poplawska, Hotel 52), so he does his own digging to find the real perpetrators and to clear his name.
Code 37: Sex Crimes (Belgium)
Multiple-award winner Veerle Baetens (Beyond the Walls, The Team, Cordon) stars in this crime drama as Hannah Maes, the new chief inspector of an all-male vice squad in the Ghent police department. Smart, tough, and gutsy, Hannah gives as good as she gets (better, even) and can be just as in your face when her authority and skills are challenged by her colleagues.
They include Charles Ruiters (Marc Lauwrys, Tom & Harry, Deadline 25/5), an experienced, divorced 57-year-old vice cop who knows every sex worker across the city; Bob De Groof (Michael Pas, Cordon, De Ridder), aka the “muscles from Antwerp,” a 37-year-old egotistical, big-mouthed, alpha male womanizer who always plays the bad cop; and Kevin Desmet (Gilles De Schrijver, The Missing, Tom & Harry), a 28-year-old IT specialist who’s better with computers than people.
The team’s first case together concerns a married woman found naked and strangled to death in a hotel room in Ghent. Initially deemed a homicide case, Hannah determines that the deceased was the victim of a sex crime and begins the hunt for her killer. As the series progresses, we learn that Hannah is also searching for the person who brutally raped her mother during a home invasion.
(Code 37 trailer courtesy of Attraction Distribution)
Jordskott: Season 2 (Sweden)
Missing children, murder, and mysticism were the stuff of the first season of Jordskott, the award-winning supernatural crime thriller that followed Detective Eva Thörnblad (Moa Gammel, Irene Huss, Annika Bengtzon) as she tried to solve the mystery of her daughter’s disappearance seven years ago while investigating a modern-day missing-person case.
Two years after the events in Season 1, Eva is back at work with the police in Stockholm. Try as she might to put the happenings in Silverhöjd behind her, Eva’s past still haunts her, particularly when she begins the investigation into the discovery of a mutilated corpse, found floating beneath the ice of a suburban lake.
This case, like the one in Silverhöjd, opens old wounds and forces Eva to confront the world she left behind. What’s more, Göran Wass (Göran Ragnerstam, Ängelby, Death of a Pilgrim), who also worked on the case in Silverhöjd, joins the Stockholm Police (but why?), while Tom Aronsson (Richard Forsgren, Before We Die, Beck) investigates more mysterious events in Silverhöjd…
Featuring Ana Gil de Melo Nascimento (Gåsmamman), Happy Jankell (The Fjällbacka Murders), Henrik Knutsson (Beck), and Gustav Lindh (Spring Tide), Jordskott: Season 2, a Shudder Exclusive series, premieres in the US and Canada on Thursday, January 18th, exclusively on Shudder. It will also be available on the Shudder channel on Amazon US.
Tiempos de Guerra (Morocco: In Times of War) (Spain)
Set in July 1921 in North Africa, against the backdrop of the Spanish-Moroccan Rif War (aka the War of Melilla), this period drama centers on a group of Spanish Red Cross nurses, sent by order of Queen Victoria Eugenia, who struggle to save the lives of and provide care to hundreds of wounded soldiers at hospitals in Melilla.
These women, most from the upper echelons of Spanish society, include Duchess of Victoria Carmen Angoloti (Alicia Borrachero, Crematorium), general inspector of hospitals in the Spanish Protectorate of Morocco, and a patient, empathetic, and hard-working professional who maintains her composure in the midst of chaos. The wealthy, impulsive, and courageous Julia Ballester (Amaia Salamanca, Velvet) becomes a nurse to help with the war effort, and in so doing is guided by love to her true passion… and to a man who isn’t her fiancé.
Others of the nurses are Pilar Muñiz de Solaruce (Verónica Sánchez, Gran Reserva. El origen), the recently-widowed, methodical, and perfectionist right-hand woman to the Duchess of Victoria; Magdalena Medina (Anna Moliner, La sagrada família), a princess who puts her kindness and generosity to work in caring for the sick and needy; and Verónica Montellano (Alicia Rubio, Love in Difficult Times), an actual working-class, registered nurse whose stubborn nature and distant demeanor belies a desire for connection and affirmation.
Additional cast members include José Sacristán (Velvet), Álex García (Love in Difficult Times), Álex Gadea (El secreto de Puente Viejo), Cristóbal Suárez (Seis hermanas), Silvia Alonso (Tierra de lobos), and Federico Pérez Rey (Era visto).
Tiempos de Guerra, a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US and UK on Thursday, January 18th, exclusively on Netflix.
El Ministerio del Tiempo: Seasons 1-3 (The Department of Time) (Spain)
This multiple-award-winning fantasy series follows a time-traveling patrol of the Ministry of Time, a secret and autonomous department in the Spanish government whose patrol teams are responsible for guarding the doors of time and preventing anyone from any era from using the time portal to change history.
Leading the newest patrol are Julián Martínez (Rodolfo Sancho, Mar de plástico), a paramedic from 21st-century Madrid; Amelia Folch (Aura Garrido, Crematorium), the first female university student in 1880 Spain and the only child of an upper-class family who lives with her parents in 19th-century Barcelona; and Seville native Alonso de Entrerríos (Nacho Fresneda, Infieles), a 16th-century soldier in the Army of Flanders who was recruited to the Ministry before he could be executed and is now living in the 21st century.
A few of their assignments for the Ministry of Time include ensuring that Pablo Picasso’s famous Guernica painting makes it back to Spain from New York City in 1981; preventing Heinrich Himmler and the Nazi regime from rewriting history in their favor; and stopping a rogue former agent for the Ministry from assassinating Queen Isabella II of Spain in 1843.
Series regulars include Cayetana Guillén Cuervo (Love in Difficult Times), Juan Gea (Bandolera), Francesca Piñón (Kubala, Moreno i Manchón), Jaime Blanch (Ciudad sur), and in Season 3 Hugo Silva (Paco’s Men).
El Ministerio del Tiempo: Seasons 1-3, of which Season 3 is a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US and UK on Sunday, January 28th, exclusively on Netflix.
Babylon Berlin: Seasons 1 & 2 (Germany)
Based on the best-selling novels by Volker Kutscher, this epic historical and noir crime drama cost a reported $45 million, making it the most expensive non-English-language series ever produced.
Set during the Roaring Twenties, it stars Volker Bruch (Generation War) as Gereon Rath, a young police inspector in Cologne who is transferred to the vice squad at Red Fort, the police headquarters in Berlin, to solve a case involving a porn ring run by the Berlin Mafia.
Rath’s partner is Bruno Wolter (Peter Kurth, Tatort), the head of the vice squad and a loyal colleague whose hidden agenda becomes a serious threat. Caught between Gereon and Bruno is steno-typist Charlotte Ritter (Liv Lisa Fries, NSU: German History X), a bright young woman who is struggling to improve her family’s miserable living conditions and leading a double life.
At first blush, the case is a simple matter of extortion. But the investigation soon has Gereon confronted with a tangled web of corruption, drug dealing, and weapons trafficking — revealing a scandal that will forever change his life and the lives of his associates while also forcing him to choose between loyalty and uncovering the truth. Meanwhile, May Day demonstrations and political unrest in the Weimar Republic are leading to the spread and rise of National Socialism in Berlin…
Also featuring in the series are Matthias Brandt (Bukow and König), Hannah Herzsprung (The Weissensee Saga), Karl Markovics (Kennedy’s Brain), Lars Eidinger (Shades of Guilt), Sebastian Urzendowsky (Borgia), and Christian Friedel (13 Minutes).
Babylon Berlin: Seasons 1 & 2, a Netflix Original series, premieres in the US on January 30th, exclusively on Netflix.
Viewers in the UK can stream both seasons on the Sky website.
A French Village: Season 7 (Un village français) (Final) (France)
The final season of this acclaimed drama, about the German occupation of France during World War II and its effects on the inhabitants of the small (fictional) village of Villeneuve in Jura, alternates between 1945 and 1975, and also features scenes set in 1953 and 2003.
While Daniel (Robin Renucci, Chefs) does what he believes is best for Hortense (Audrey Fleurot, Spiral), who appears to be slipping into madness, an accident and a strike at the sawmill inflames tensions between villagers in December 1945.
In the later years we witness the vivid memories, bitter resentments, and devastating effects of the occupation on survivors, as well as their questions about the past, which have lingered for decades.
Thierry Godard (Spiral), Marie Kremer (Caïn), Emmanuelle Bach (Spin), and François Loriquet (Paris) feature in Season 7 (which aired as the last six episodes of the twelve-episode final season in France).
Collage images courtesy of MHz Choice (A French Village, The Team, Wataha), Netflix (Babylon Berlin, El Ministerio del Tiempo, Rita), Shudder (Jordskott), and Walter Presents (Code 37, Contact)
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