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The Killing, Channel 4

The Killing, Channel 4

US remake of dark Danish drama is overshadowed by the original

The Killing: Mireille Enos as Sarah Linden, a remarkable doppelgänger of Forbrydelsen’s Sarah Lund

The leap from BBC Four to Channel 4 is more than the flick of a switch. Migrating from the BBC’s digital channel to its terrestrial broadcast has transformed the Danish noir drama Forbrydelsen. It's now in English. It’s become American. Copenhagen has been banished. The alchemist responsible is US TV network AMC. Channel 4’s screening of the US remake of The Killing will attract more viewers than BBC Four ever could, but it’s impossible to watch the Seattle-set makeover without thinking back to the original

The credits for The Killing say it is “based on” Forbrydelsen. Abridged and remixed might be a better description

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Having watched the Danish version of The Killing...I knew watching this new version would be mediocre..how can you improve on perfection? and yes i was right..ok, I accept that it is set in a different country, different cast, shorter run...but did they have to copy such random things like Sarah Lund's jumper!!.. no more episodes for me, will be waiting for series 2 of the Danish version...cant wait..for 20 episodes of the first series had me on the edge of my seat looking forward to every saturday night. Why are such series shown on BBC4? the recent Butcher of La Villette is another example of brilliant television pushed into the background...do the BBC think we cant read the subtitles?..cant appreciate good quality programmes? or perhaps they dont want us to as it shows us just how much dross we have to suffer the majority of time. The only saving grace is their recent Drama on BBC2..The Shadow Line...the cast, the lighting,sets, writing...all exceptional..it can be done but i believe at a cost the 'beeb' no longer wish to commit to...after all they have soaps,lottery and cookery shows to pay for!!!

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