Trapped: murder in a cold climate

March 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm (cops, crime, drama, Jim D, television)

I’ve refrained from commenting on Trapped until now because I’m biased: it’s jointly written by a friend and comrade, Clive Bradley. But I think I can muster enough objectivety to now confidently assert that this is top class stuff even by the high standards of the Nordic noir dramas that have been shown to such acclaim on UK TV ever since The Killing hit our screens in 2011.

As it’s still possible to catch up with the first eight episodes on BBC iPlayer (you have until 13 March to see the first two) I won’t go into any detail about the plot. Suffice to say it has several of the usual features – a flawed but sympathetic cop attempting to solve some gruesome murders while simultaneously having to deal with less than competent and/or hostile colleagues and a tortured private life. In addition, there’s one sub-plot involving  the captain of a Danish car-ferry and two trafficked Nigerian sisters, plus a second involving local politics and a land deal with a Chinese consortium.

And it’s all set in a remote Icelandic fishing village cut off by a blizzard. As Les Hearn notes in his review in Solidarity, “a dominant character in the drama, sometimes it seems, the dominant character, is nature.” I’ve felt it necessary to keep warm with a bottle of Whyte & MacKay’s finest while watching the first eight episodes, and will ensure a bottle is to hand for the final episode on BBC4 this coming Saturday at 9pm. I recommend you do the same.


  1. m_jelly (@monsieur_jelly) said,

    This is brilliant telly. I noticed Clive’s name in the credits and wondered if it was the same Clive – and now i know. And funnily enuff, unlike mentioned here, It’s especially good watching this in Australia at night when it’s still 30c outside. Saves on putting the aircon on.

  2. Jim Denham said,

    Is that really you, M. Jelly? What are you doing in Australia? You can always contact me on

  3. Matthew Blott said,

    It doesn’t exactly avoid all the cliches – the main character is a cop with a troubled personal life who is haunted by a previous case he couldn’t solve. But it’s utterly gripping and as good as The Bridge. I’ve been telling singing it’s praises since it first aired. Bravo!

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