Archive for December 8, 2008


I am still trying to cut down my ‘long list’ of books to a top five of the year. They will a very personal list of the crime books I have enjoyed reading most during the year, and at the moment the task seems impossible as there were just too many great books.
But I am being distracted by the veritable cornucopia of crime fiction series on BBC TV.
On my recorder waiting to be enjoyed there are French episodes of Simenon’s Maigret [see Euro Crime here], a Who is Kurt Wallander? BBC 4 documentary ,which Crimeficreader posted about here, and the three part BBC 1 Kenneth Branagh, Wallander series, which you can read about at Petrona

There is also Before The Frost [information from Euro Crime] starring Krister Henriksson as Wallander and the late Johanna Sallstrom as his daughter Linda.
Perhaps someone at the BBC has discovered that series from French and Swedish TV can fill up the schedules more cheaply than making British TV crime series.
And before I could even finish this post Karen at Euro Crime, the reference point for anyone interested in European crime fiction, has informed us that Andrea Camilleri’s Montalbano  will be coming to BBC 4 see here. The central photo is of Montalbano and Fazio.