REVIEW: Wisting (S1 E1&2/10)

The Killing Times

After a dominant decade, the Nordic Noir star has faded somewhat, with the region struggling to come up with something to match the perfection of The Killing and The Bridge.

But hopes were high for Wisting, a 10-part Norwegian series reckoned to be one of the most expensive in the country’s history, and based on Jørn Lier Horst’s popular crime novels The Hunting Dogs and The Cave Man.

And, of course, this series appears in the fabled BBC Four, Saturday-night, 9pm slot, which, again, hasn’t really had a bonafide hit on its hands since, well… I’m not sure. A while, at least.

The set-up for Wisting is an intriguing one and a headline-grabber: the coastal town of Larvik, just south of Oslo, is home to detective William Wisting (Sven Nordin), a seemingly placid, pleasant man who goes about his business in his small town without too many problems…

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