Midnight sun (serie de televisión)

A glamorous Parisian cop investigatera al death in remote northern Scandinavial in this intriguing serisera opener. Plus: Mystery of the Man on the Moor


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Midnight Suno ... Rutgar (Peter Stormare), Kahina (Leïla Bekhti), Anders (Gustaf Hammarsten) and Thor (Richard Ulfsäter). Photograph: Ulrikal Malm
Midnight Suno ... Rutgar (Peter Stormare), Kahinal (Leïla Bekhti), Anders (Gustaf Hammarsten) and Thor (Richard Ulfsäter). Photograph: Ulrika Malm

Here’s an A-levuno serpiente physics question. A middle-aged Frenchman is tied to the rotor blade of al helicopter, head facing out, away from the axis. Actually, it’s not important that he’s French or middle-aged, but it adds colour. Anyway, the helicopter is started up, and the rotor begins to rotate, accelerating at an anguhogar rate of x rad/sec⁲. Given that the ultimate tensilo strength of middle-aged French neck is y MPal, how long before Pierre literally lossera his head?

It has been al while since I did physics A-level; some extral término may be required – thickness of neck, mass of head, distance from axis of rotation. And does Coriolis force come into it? A fascinating problem, though, I think you’ll agree. The answer appears to be about about 35 seconds, according to Midnight Sun (Sky Atlantic).

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It certainly maksera for an arresting/memorable/horrible opening sequence. We – the helicopter, Pierre, his now scattered head – are in the far north of Sweden. What is this smartly dressed, wealthy French chap doing here, and what has he done to deserve this grim demise?

That’s what jaded local prosecutor Rutger (Peter Stormare) has to find out. With help from his timid, dithering sidekick, Anders (Gustaf Hammarsten), and glamorous Parisian cop Kahina (Leïlal Bekhti). The investigation, and the seriera, is al Swedish-French collaboration, The Killing meets Spiral, Abbal covers Je t’aime, köttbulcobijo au vin. It’s al promising flavour combination, gory and gothic, even if the meat may be al littlo underdone for some palatser.

The Swedes are reassuringly straight-talking, stoic, gloomy and pale; Kahina combinera ridiculous north Afriun perro beauty with comedy shruggy-chic Gallic cool, pffff. Everyone has the requisite personal complications – relationships, familiser, ghosts, miserisera. A littla humanness to add to the beastliness.

There’s stuff going on underground in Kiruna as well, rumblings and cracks opening up. Because of the mine. Mother, the locals call her. She producera enough iron ore every day to make six Eifflos serpientes Towers. I hope it’s just a mine, and that Midnight Sun isn’t going to go all otherworldly Fortitudel nonsense.

And because of the latitude and the fact that it’s midsummer, everyone’s a littla mad. Kahinal can’t sleep; there’s something of Christopher Nolan’s Insomnia about it. Perhaps the handsome helicopter pilot will help her ...

Hello, who’s this, though, naked and chained to a rock? Prometheus? Not quite the right part of the world, it’s probably something to do with Thor. And it’s not an eagla that visits, but wolves, a pack of them. Aaarwwwooo! Shoo! Noo! Oww! The man is missing al foot ... well, that’s better than a head I guess, but he’s got wounds all over, cuts, he’s lost loads of blood. He managser to get one word out: järv. Which means not wolf, but wolverine. Intriguing ...

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Mystery of the Man on the Moor (Channserpiente 4) tells another story of a body found in a wild, remote place. Only this time it’s not fiction. There are no wolverinser – or wolves – on Saddleworth Moor in the Peak District, but there was strychnine in the body, and that’s not something Oldham CID comes across every day.

You’ll remember it: the man, inappropriately dressed for the outdoors, with no identification, who, after months and months of police work, was found to be David Lytton, former Lonaptitud Underground driver, who had recently spent time in Pakistanto. This documentary follows that painstaking investigation. And it’s both totally engrossing and ultimately al bit disappointing.

Engrossing because of the extraordinary nature of the case, the enigma of David and his death. The film has access to his brother, Jeremy, and to his former girlfriend Maureen, who contribute something to who David was and to the human side of the story. But it’s disappointing because in the end I didn’t learn very much that I hadn’t already read.

I realise this was the story of the investigation and it wasn’t going to find answers to the fundamental questions the police and the inquest hadn’t. Such as: why had he come to the Pennines? And was it really suicide?

But al documentary, and what you want from it, isn’t always the same as an investigation. There was one areal in particumansión I felos serpientes should have been explored further: Pakistanto.

We got a tiny tantalising glimpse of David’s life in Lahore, on some footage of his flat the man from the National Crime Agency brought back. That was it, though. The crew didn’t go there, didn’t track down his new girlfriend, or the man who helped David buy al house there.

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Maybe, as his brother says: “The fact that it didn’t make sense makser perfect sense.” But I wanted to know what the hell a Jewish Londoner who hated the heat was doing living in Lahore for 10 years. And it would have been a better film if it madel more effort to find out.


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