Commissioner Lund - The crime
|German title||Commissioner Lund - Das Verbrechen (ZDF, home video)
The Killing (Arte)
|Country of production||Denmark|
Danmarks Radio ,
Norsk rikskringkasting ,
Sveriges Television ,
ZDF Enterprises , Nordvision ,
Nordisk Film & TV Fond
Danish version: 55 minutes
ZDF version: 110 minutes
|Episodes||40 (Danish version) and
20 (ZDF version) in 3 seasons
|genre||Crime series , Nordic Noir|
|production||Sandra Foss , Piv Bernth|
|First broadcast||January 7, 2007 on DR1|
|Sep 14 2008 on ZDF|
Commissioner Lund - Das Verbrechen ( Danish original title: Forbrydelsen , German about: Verbrechen ; the Arte broadcast also The Killing , German about Die Killing ), is a Danish crime series that appeared from 2007 to 2012. It consists of three seasons, the first of which consists of 20 episodes and the other two of ten episodes each. Each season, across episodes, tells the investigation of Commissioner Sarah Lund, played by Sofie Gråbøl , into a murder case in Copenhagen . It was conceived by Søren Sveistrup and co-produced by Danish Radio . The series is characterized by a dark visual language in terms of both content and form and became a great success with the public in Denmark and other countries, especially Great Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden. The numerous awards include the British BAFTA Prize and the American International Emmy .
The series has already been remade twice : from 2010 to 2014 in the USA under the title The Killing and in 2014 in Turkey under the title Cinayet .
The action of the 20-episode season spans 20 consecutive days between late October and mid-November. At the beginning, the police find 19-year-old schoolgirl Nanna Birk Larsen dead and raped in a car that was sunk in a river. Sarah Lund, Commissioner at the Copenhagen Police Department and initially on the move to her new place of residence and work in Sweden , is investigating the case together with Commissioner Jan Meyer, who is planned to be her successor. The car in which the body was found belongs to the campaign team of school senator Troels Hartmann, the top candidate of his liberal party in the upcoming mayor election and opponent of the current, long-time incumbent Poul Bremer. The police investigations therefore also put a strain on Hartmann's reputation and election campaign.
The investigations by Lund and Meyer initially reveal that the convicted John Lynge drove the car several times, but not when Nanna's drive on the evening of her disappearance, when she had attended a school Halloween party. Then they investigate among Nanna's school friends before their suspicions are directed against the teacher Rama, who teaches at Nanna's school. Since Rama is also a representative of the integrative teaching model promoted by Hartmann in his election campaign, he and his party are suspected of covering up a murderer. Meanwhile kidnapped Nanna's father Theis with the help of his colleagues and friend Vagn Skærbæk vindictive teacher to him vigilantism to practice. However, Lund and Meyer find Theis and arrest him in time before he can beat Rama to death with an iron bar. In addition, the commissioners determine that Rama cannot be the murderer at all and thus exonerate him. Hartmann can thus thwart the plan of two adversaries who want to force him to resign because of his handling of the suspicion against Rama.
Lund later finds out that Nanna had the key to an apartment owned by Hartmann's party and was abused and raped there. Since Hartmann was in the apartment that same evening and had contact with Nanna on an online dating platform, he is now the main suspect in the police investigation. Although he protests his innocence, he does not initially want to reveal where he was after his stay in the apartment that night. The commissioners later learn that Hartmann was in his summer house that night and tried unsuccessfully to commit suicide there because of private problems in connection with the death of his wife. In the investigation against Hartmann, the investigators targeted Olav Kristensen, an official in the town hall who had visited Hartmann's party's apartment unusually often and received special payments of 5,000 kroner a month. A little later Kristensen is hit by a hit and run in an accident and dies.
Lund's suspicions as to who could have been the driver of the accident vehicle are directed against Jens Holck, a politician from Hartmann's campaign team, whom she therefore visits privately. When she spots the car, Holck tries to shoot her. Meyer can prevent that at the last second by shooting Holck. Meanwhile, Hartmann defends himself against Bremer's attempts to damage his reputation over alleged involvement in the murder case. Because Holck was the one with whom Nanna had a love affair.
With Holck's death, the Nanna murder case is officially resolved, but Lund continues to investigate on her own initiative, suspecting someone from Theis' moving company to be the murderer. When she and Meyer are examining a rental warehouse , Meyer is shot by an unknown person. The prosecutor then suspects Lund of killing Meyer and obtains her suspension. However, Lund finds out that on the day she was murdered, Nanna returned to the party apartment to get her passport, which she had left there. Because Nanna did not want to leave the country with Holck, but with her former childhood friend Amir, who testified to the police that he and Nanna had been observed for some time by an employee of Theis' moving company. This man is Vagn, who unsuccessfully tried to convince Nanna to end the relationship with Holck. Since Nanna laughed at him, he lost control, abused her and took her in the campaign car to the Birk Larsen's new, unoccupied house, where he raped her. Then he drove the car into a forest and sank it together with the tied up Nanna in the river.
When Vagn notices that the police are on him, he kidnaps Theis to the place in the forest where he sunk the car with Nanna. There he explains to Theis that he was the murderer and provokes Theis to shoot him. Although Lund and Theis' wife Pernille persuade Theis not to do so, he finally shoots Vagn.
In 2009, Forbrydelsen II was shot in Denmark as a sequel , which takes place two years after Forbrydelsen I in the series world . The scriptwriter and director remained unchanged. Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl) had been transferred to the border police in Gedser and is being brought back to the Copenhagen homicide squad because of her investigative instinct. Again the series interweaves three levels: the private level (the family of a detained former Afghanistan soldier); the level of big Danish politics (a new minister of justice who stirs up the government with unpleasant questions); and the level of crime: several murders indicate an Islamist background, but then lead to the middle of the Danish military.
Denmark is in the middle of an election campaign. For the incumbent Prime Minister, a deal with the major shipping company Zeeland is of great importance in order to keep jobs in the country; Zeeland also plays a crucial role in the government's economic plan. Three sailors from the shipping company are murdered and nine-year-old Emilie Zeuthen - daughter of CEO Robert Zeuthen - is kidnapped. A public prosecutor is also murdered.
Sarah Lund finds out that all the dead had to do with an old case: 13-year-old Louise Jelby was found dead in the sea in Jutland; the death was hastily declared a suicide. During the course of the first episode, it becomes more and more clear that the perpetrator is not interested in money, but wants to take revenge for the dead girl. He is convinced that Louise did not commit suicide, but was murdered, and that Zeeland is involved in the matter. Now Sarah Lund not only has to find Emilie Zeuthen, but also has to reopen an old case.
Cast and dubbing
The German synchronization was created under the dialogue direction of Dr. Uwe Gaube (seasons 1 and 2) and Marianne Groß (season 3) at the dubbing company Bavaria Synchron GmbH . The dialogue book also written dormer and John Keller .
|actor||Role name||1||2||3||German Voice actor||role|
|Sofie Gråbøl||Sarah Lund||●||●||●||Katrin Fröhlich||Detective Inspector|
|Soren Malling||Jan Meyer||●||Philipp Brammer||Vice detective inspector|
|Troels II Munk||Erik Buchard||●||Hans-Rainer Müller||Chief inspector|
|Morten Suurballe||Lennart Brix||●||●||●||Walter von Hauff||Chief Inspector, initially deputy|
|Ann Eleonora Jørgensen||Pernille Birk Larsen||●||Bettina Redlich||Wife of Theis Larsen|
|Bent Mejding||Poul Bremer||●||Reinhard Glemnitz||Major; acting mayor|
|Bjarne Henriksen||Theis Birk Larsen||●||Thomas Albus||Husband of Pernille Birk Larsen, owner of a moving company|
|Farshad Kholghi||Rama||●||Manou Lubowski||Teacher|
|Lars Mikkelsen||Troels Hartmann||●||Matthias Klie||Head of school, city council, candidate for mayor|
|Marie Askehave||Rie Skovgaard||●||Christine Stichler||Hartmann's political advisor and partner|
|Michael Moritzen||Morten Weber||●||Frank Röth||Hartmann's campaign manager|
|Nicolaj Copernicus||Vagn Skærbæk||●||Kai Taschner||Employed by Theis Larsen; Family friend|
|Anne Marie Helger||Vibeke||●||Angelika Bender||Sarah Lund's mother|
|Stine Prætorius||Louise Ravens||●||Kathrin Gaube||Jens Peter Raven's wife, daughter of Colonel Torsten Jarnvig|
|Carsten Bjørnlund||Christian Søgaard||●||Jakob Riedl||Major, deputy to Colonel Torsten Jarnvig|
|Charlotte Guldberg||Karina Munk Jørgensen||●||Claudia Lössl||Office manager of the Minister of Justice|
|Flemming Enevold||Torsten Jarnvig||●||Frank Engelhardt||Colonel, commanding officer of the barracks|
|Preben Kristensen||Carsten Plow||●||Achim Geisler||Right hand of Justice Minister Thomas Buch|
|Igor Radoslavjevic||Said Bilal||●||Jochen Bendel||Right hand of Major Christian Søgaard|
|Jens Jacob Tychsen||Erling crab||●||Timothy Peach||Head of the Conservative People's Party|
|Ken Vedsegaard||Jens Peter Raben||●||Oliver Mink||Formerly part of a Danish special unit in Afghanistan|
|Kurt Ravn||Gert Grue Eriksen||●||Christian Wolff||Prime Minister|
|Lotte Andersen||Ruth Hedeby||●||Madeleine proud||Vice Police Chief|
|Mikael Birkkjaer||Ulrik Strange||●||Alexander Brem||Police investigator next to Sarah Lund|
|Nicolas Bro||Thomas book||●||Thomas Wenke||Newly appointed Minister of Justice|
|Nikolaj Lie Kaas||Mathias Borch||●||Dominik Auer||Special unit investigator|
|Olaf Johannessen||Kristian Kamper||●||Mike Carl||Prime Minister|
|Peter Mygind||Days of Steiner||●||Martin Halm||Political opponent of the Prime Minister|
|Jonathan Spang||Kristoffer "Stoffer" Kamper||●||Johannes Raspe||Brother and campaign assistant to the Prime Minister|
|Sara-Marie Maltha||Pink Lebech||●||Stephanie waiter||Head of the Center Party and temporary mistress of the Prime Minister|
|Holmen le Dous||Asbjørn Juncker Sigurd||●||Patrick Schröder||Young, eager colleague from Sarah Lund|
|Stig Hoffmeyer||Niels Reinhardt||●||Ulrich Frank||Personal assistant to Zeeland CEO Robert Zeuthen|
|Bright Fagralid||Maja Zeuthen||●||Angela Wiederhut||Wife of Zeeland CEO Robert Zeuthen|
|Tammi Øst||Birgit Eggert||●||Marina Koehler||Finance minister|
|Trine Pallesen||Karen Fog||●||Claudia Lössl||Campaign assistant to the Prime Minister|
|Not so W. Berthelsen||Robert Zeuthen||●||Claus Brockmeyer||Zeeland CEO|
The first time it was broadcast in Denmark, the DR1 showed 55-minute episodes on a weekly basis. The first season comprises 20 episodes corresponding to the 20-day investigation period, which were first broadcast from January to March and September to November 2007, divided into two blocks of ten episodes each. The other two seasons each contain ten episodes and the DR1 aired from September to November 2009 (season 2) and September to November 2012 (season 3).
The broadcast of the series was a great success for the DR1 due to the high audience figures. For example, the last episode of the first season reached 2.1 million Danes when it was first broadcast, a market share of 76.6 percent.
|1||Forbrydelsen||1-10||Jan 7, 2007 - Mar 11 2007||> 2 million|
|11-20||23 Sep 2007 - Nov 25, 2007|
|2||Forbrydelsen II||21-30||27 Sep 2009 - Nov 29, 2009||?|
|3||Forbrydelsen III||31-40||23 Sep 2012 - Nov 25, 2012||1.7 million|
In German, ZDF broadcast the seasons for the first time under the title Kommissarin Lund - Das Verbrechen in full-length episodes that were cut from two 55-minute episodes each. The ZDF showed the first season in ten parts from September to November 2008, the second season in five parts in October and November 2010 and the third season in five parts in February and March 2013.
All three seasons have been released in German in the ZDF version, also on DVD and Blu-ray. The first season appeared on DVD for the first time in 2008 in two boxes of five full-length episodes each, and in 2009 in a box with all the episodes. In 2016 a complete DVD and Blu-ray edition was released, each with all three seasons.
The French-German broadcaster Arte repeated the seasons from 2011 in the German-language version, but showed them in 55-minute episodes and under the series title The Killing .
|ZDF first broadcast||DVD||Blu-ray|
|Season||Series title||Movies||Period||Range||Market share||date||date|
|1||Commissioner Lund - The crime||1-5||Sep 14 2008 - Oct 12, 2008||2.8 million||15.1%||Oct 17, 2008||Oct 22, 2010|
|6-10||Oct 26, 2008 - Nov 23, 2008||Nov 28, 2008|
|2||Commissioner Lund - The Crime II||11-15||Oct 24, 2010 - Nov 21, 2010||2.9 million||14.0%||Nov 22, 2010||Nov 22, 2010|
|3||Commissioner Lund - The Crime III||16-20||Feb 10, 2013 - Mar 10 2013||3.4 million||16.1%||29 Mar 2013||Apr 12, 2013|
The series was exported to around 120 countries worldwide. It was particularly successful in Great Britain, where it was broadcast on BBC4 and had a reach of 500,000 (season 1) to 1 million viewers (higher seasons).
|2011||United Kingdom||BAFTA TV Award||Best International||Søren Sveistrup, Piv Bernth, Birger Larsen, Sofie Gråbøl||Won|
|2012||Best International||Søren Sveistrup, Piv Bernth, Kristoffer Nyholm, Sofie Gråbøl||Nominated|
|2011||United Kingdom||Dagger Award||The best supporting actress||Ann Eleonora Jørgensen||Won|
|2011||Best international television drama||Won|
|2011||Best main actress||Sofie Gråbøl||Won|
|2011||Best supporting actor||Soren Malling||Nominated|
|2011||Best supporting actor||Bjarne Henriksen||Nominated|
|2011||Best Actor||Lars Mikkelsen||Nominated|
|2012||Best main actress||Sofie Gråbøl||Nominated|
|2012||Best international television drama||season 2||Nominated|
|2013||Best international television drama||season 3||Won|
|2013||Best main actress||Sofie Gråbøl||Nominated|
|2013||Denmark||Robert||Audience award for television series||Won|
|2013||Best Actor in a TV Series||Nikolaj Lie Kaas||Won|
|2013||Best Actress in a TV Series||Sofie Gråbøl||Won|
|2013||Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series||Olaf Johannessen||Won|
|2013||Best Danish TV Series||Won|
|2013||Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series||Trine Pallesen||Nominated|
|2007||United States||International Emmy Award||Drama series||Nominated|
|2008||Best Actress||Sofie Gråbøl||Nominated|
|2010||Monaco||Golden nymph||Best European producer||Won|
|2010||Best Actress - Drama Series||Sofie Gråbøl||Nominated|
|2010||Best Actor - Drama Series||Nicolas Bro||Nominated|
|2013||Best Actress in a TV Series||Sofie Gråbøl||Won|
|2013||Best TV drama series||Nominated|
- Jochen Hieber : Up to the brink of breaking , in: FAZ from November 23, 2008
- Commissioner Lund - The crime , in: Prisma
- Jochen Hieber: Obsession that never seems fanatical , in: FAZ of October 24, 2010
- Marcel Kawentel: High addiction factor , in: Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung from December 2, 2010
- Georg Seeßlen : Dänische Finsternis , in: Die Zeit No. 51 of December 16, 2010
- Sandra Kegel : In the heart of the Danish darkness , in: FAZ from February 6, 2013
- Jochen Hieber: Sarah Lund didn't deserve that, in: FAZ of March 12, 2013
- Hanna Pilarczik: The lonely she-wolf , in: Der Spiegel from February 9, 2013
Based on the scripts, the three seasons also appeared as novel versions . The German translations are by Barbara Heller and Rudolf Hernstein .
David Hewson , Søren Sveistrup: The Killing , Macmillan , London 2012 (English, adaptation of the first season)
- English: The crime - Commissioner Lund's 1st case . Paul Zsolnay Verlag , Vienna 2013, ISBN 978-3-552-05598-8
- David Hewson: The Killing II , Macmillan, London 2013 (English, adaptation of the second season)
- English: The crime - Commissioner Lund's 2nd case . Paul Zsolnay Verlag, Vienna 2014, ISBN 978-3-552-05707-4
- David Hewson: The Killing III , Macmillan, London 2014 (English, adaptation of the third season)
- English: The crime - Commissioner Lund's 3rd case . Paul Zsolnay Verlag, Vienna 2015, ISBN 978-3-552-05727-2
Two remakes of the series have already been made as television series: The American remake The Killing consists of 44 episodes in four seasons, which the TV station AMC first broadcast from 2010 to 2014. The series is set in Seattle , the protagonist is played by Mireille Enos . Furthermore, a Turkish remake was created, which bears the title Cinayet and consists of a season that appeared in 2014. The main role is played by Nurgül Yeşilçay .
- Trisha Dunleavy: Transnational Television, High-End Drama, and the Case of Denmark's Forbrydelsen , Victoria University of Wellington , Wellington 2014
- Marett Leiboff: Towards a jurisprudence of the embodied mind -Sarah Lund, Forbrydelsen and the mindful body , in: Nordic Journal of Law and Social Research No. 6/2015 (special edition), pp. 77-92
- Eva Novrup Redvall: Prime-time Public Service Crime: Forbrydelsen / The Killing , in: Writing and Producing Television Drama in Denmark (Palgrave Studies in Screenwriting) , Palgrave Macmillan , London 2013, ISBN 978-1-137-28841-7 , p 159-182
- Isabel Pinedo: The Killing: The Gender Politics of the Nordic Noir Crime Drama and Its American Remake , in: Television & New Media from Sep 18. 2019, published online by SAGE Publications
- Kim Toft Hansen, Anne Marit Waade: Locating Nordic Noir. From Beck to The Bridge (Palgrave European Film and Media Studies), Palgrave Macmillan, Cham ZG 2017, ISBN 978-3-319-86708-3
- Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen: Revisiting the Crime Scene: Intermedial Translation, Adaptation, and Novelization of The Killing , in: Linda Badley, Andrew Nestingen, Jaakko Seppälä (Eds.): Nordic Noir, Adaptation, Appropriation (Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture ) , Palgrave Macmillan, Cham 2020, ISBN 978-3-030-38658-0 , chap. 6th
- Blood, sweater and fears: Behind the scenes on The Killing , in: The Independent of Nov. 4, 2011
- The Killing - The crime in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Commissioner Lund - The crime at Fernsehserien.de
- Information in the television dictionary
↑ a b Commissioner Lund - The crime. In: synchronkartei.de. German dubbing file , accessed on July 26, 2020 . Commissioner Lund - Das Verbrechen II. In: synchronkartei.de. German dubbing file , accessed on July 26, 2020 . Commissioner Lund - The Crime III. In: synchronkartei.de. German dubbing file , accessed on July 26, 2020 .
- ↑ a b c d Chronicle of broadcast dates and episode list at fernsehserien.de , accessed on July 23, 2020
- ↑ Annika Pham: 2.1m Danes Glued To DR's The Killing , in: Nordisk Film & TV Fond of Nov. 27, 2007, accessed on July 29, 2020
- ↑ Annika Pham: Sofie Gråbøl Says Yes To More 'Killing' , in: Nordisk Film & TV Fond of May 16, 2008, accessed on July 29, 2020
- ^ DR Audience Research: Media Development 2012 , Dänischer Rundfunk 2012, ISBN 978-87-995081-1-2 , p. 10
- ↑ a b c d Christine Denilauler: BAFTA for ZDF Enterprises co-production "Commissioner Lund - das Verbrechen" , press release from ZDF Enterprises dated May 23, 2011, accessed on July 29, 2020
- ↑ Season 1, DVD-Box 1, Ep. 1-5 , in: OFDb , accessed on July 23, 2020
- ↑ Season 1, DVD-Box 2, Ep. 6-10 , in: OFDb , accessed on July 23, 2020
- ↑ a b Manuel Weis: "Commissioner Lund" says goodbye with strong quotas , in : quotemeter.de of March 11, 2013, accessed on July 29, 2020
- ^ Trisha Dunleavy: Transnational Television, High-End Drama, and the Case of Denmark's Forbrydelsen , Victoria University of Wellington , Wellington 2014, p. 1
- ^ Yeşim Kaptan: A Crime Drama Between Fidelity and Cultural Specificity. Audiences' Reception of Cinayet, the Turkish Remake of Forbrydelsen , in: Kim Toft Hansen, Steven Peacock, Sue Turnbull (Eds.): European Television Crime Drama and Beyond (Palgrave European Film and Media Studies) , Palgrave Macmillan , Cham 2018, ISBN 978-3-319-96887-2 , p. 193 ff.
- ↑ Cinayet , in: IMDb , accessed July 29, 2020