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Dark and deadly, the Nordic Noir hits keep coming

Published on Feb 4, 2014 6:03 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Millions of people around the world have become avid fans of what is known as Nordic Noir detective and crime stories set in Scandinavia, with the next question after whodunit being why are they so successful?

The Bridge, a subtitled Danish-Swedish eco-terrorism crime saga reached its conclusion on British television on Saturday with more than a million viewers - the latest international success for the TV, film and literary genre.

Coinciding with the show's climax, a weekend Nordicana conference of all things Nordic, from actors to food, brought many of the genre's unlikely stars to London where one of the questions they were peppered with was: why does this work?

"I hope it's the quality of the drama and the essential things of humanity that you can imagine in all countries," said actress Sidse Babett Knudsen.

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