Double episode series premiere ★★★★
Moving swiftly between various chilly but urbane Scandinavian locations, this Danish-Swedish thriller wastes no time in establishing the dual worlds of its leading ladies – glamorous, doe-eyed drone engineer Victoria (Borgen's Birgitte Hjort Sorensen) and hard-bitten detective Eva Forsberg (Missing's Tova Magnusson). This is adrenaline-fuelled top-shelf Scandi-noir concerned with international terrorism and arms warfare, and propelled by strong female protagonists.
NOLAN: THE MAN AND THE MYTH
There might be scant new information here for scholars of Australian modernism but for the casual art appreciator this film delivers a solid background on the man behind the Ned Kelly mask, and theorises why he came to fixate on the iconic outlaw figure. It also tells the rich story of Sidney Nolan's life, from his connection with the Heide circle, to the burning drive that propelled him to exhibit on the world stage.
As Special Agent Omar Adom Zidan, Egyptian-born American actor Zeeko Zaki is charged with conveying to Dick Wolf fans the face of the non-threatening Muslim American who has grown up battling the prejudice of post 9/11 America. This point is frequently made, and literally so in this episode in which he also calls upon his schoolboy Koran in an effort to reach a young, disillusioned fugitive. This worthwhile angle aside, this is a slickly produced, neatly resolved hour of dangerous excitement.