Until fairly recently the UK has tended to show British or American made TV shows. Now those of us who like to watch shows from other countries and don’t mind reading subtitles have some variety of choice on TV in the UK. We are wondering why these Scandinavian and other subtitled TV shows fire our imaginations and have become so popular. What attracts us to these dramatic representations of their cultures and life styles? Why have they suddenly become a talking point in the media and in the general public? Are they symptomatic of today’s trend in globalization?
We are a small group of university colleagues who have regular discussions about these sorts of shows and the topics raised from them. What makes Birgitte tick? Why did Sarah run away? If you were Kasper would you want kids? Sometimes we discuss plot, sometimes character and sometimes the conversation takes an interesting twist or turn and we end up discussing all kinds of things such as food, music, poetry, philosophy and romance. We have been known to hold a themed lunch and have the odd sweepstake about who the killer may be or how a show may end.