The highly-rated RTÉ crime show North Sea Connection is coming to BBC Four in the UK, with the first two episodes airing from 9pm on Saturday 4 February. It’s an ideal series to take in if you enjoy perilous plot lines set in moody, isolated locations on the far-flung fringes of Europe, and this is a show that combines threads of both Nordic and Celtic crime fiction.
In typical noir fashion, things begin with an unfortunate crime and a cover-up. Ciara Kenny, played by Lydia McGuinness, is the captain of a small fishing trawler out of the fictional town of Roskillane in County Galway. Everything’s mostly above board, apart from the occasional pick-up of contraband cigarettes or alcohol from an offshore buoy for Ciara’s brother, Aidan (Kerr Logan). His dream is to raise the capital to build a seafood packaging facility in the town.
When they’re readying for their next run, a crew member doesn’t show up and instead there’s a replacement – one who seems far too keen on the packages they’re collecting. But an altercation leaves the new crewman dead on the deck and, well, what else is there to do in the world of noir than to tie him to an anchor and send him to Davy Jones’s locker?
As if Ciara wasn’t in over her head already, when a case is opened it’s not tobacco inside but a large quantity of amphetamines.
Cover-ups like this never go to plan and, as the series progresses, Swedish narcotics detective Tuva Palsson (Alida Morberg) arrives in Roskillane. A shipment of drugs has washed up on the Connemara coast, possibly from Scandinavia, but local policeman Sergeant Egan (Denis Conway) can’t imagine anyone local being involved.
The problem for Ciara now is that a member of the smuggling ring is dead, drugs have been lost, and the gang want payback. And what about Bjorn Matsson, a Swede living in the area who is a little shifty? Bjorn is played by Claes Ljungmark, whom you’ll remember as the infamous and deadly character The Swede in the Danish series Follow the Money.
As Ciara and her family struggle to extricate themselves from the drug smuggling ring, Tuva closes in on the operation. North Sea Connection brings all this intrigue, along with Galway’s sweeping landscapes and North Atlantic stormfronts as a backdrop.
A joint Irish-Swedish production, the programme consists of six 45-minute episodes, and was originally aired in Ireland in November 2022. There is talk of a second season…
I am absolutely loving this crime drama, the plot, scenery and directing is superb, can’t went for the next episode, it so reminds of a book I just read called ‘The Pleasure of Her Majesty’ by Callan Charles.
Haven’t enjoyed a crime drama so much in a long time. We really want to see Nevin and his nasty crew get their comeuppance. Sorry for Lenny, though, he didn’t deserve what happened to him.
Brilliant series. Left a bit open ended hope there’s another series!
We need season 2 absolutely loved it great drama
Roundstone deserves a bit of publicity even if they call it Roskillane!
Hope we get a second series soon, to find out if Tuva dies in freezer, or if she is saved. The last episode of series did not conclude at all.
Letdown at the end
Too many loose ends
Moody atmospheric gripping without being depressing which can happen with some of these dark or noir crime dramas. Need a Season 2 though as the ending is too open and I didn’t even realise I had just watched the last episode lol.
I was very disapointed with the ending of episode 6 as it was left totally in midstream with
virtually nothing settled surely there has got to be episodes that follow on so the story can
Fntastic drama but far too many loose ends to leave it there. There must be a season 2.
This so much deserves a follow up as it has been left with so many questions that can develop a 2nd series.
Keep up the great work
Disappointed with the ending …spoiled a great series …inconclusive .
Here I am, sitting patiently waiting for 9pm to see episodes 7 and 8 of North
Atlantic Connection, only to discover it finished last Saturday.
How in God’s name could the Producers of this electrifying Series, keep us all wondering why??? Dreadful behaviour, I say.
Fabulous quirky noir. Superb acting. I’m sitting patiently waiting for next episode and it looks like last week was finale! More please! Saturday night is going to be rather dull….
Oh no it won’t, Paris Police 1905 is coming this weekend: https://crimefictionlover.com/2023/02/paris-police-1905-back-on-bbc-four/
I was looking forward to the final two episodes of the drama North Sea Connection on BBC4 dated 25/02/23, nothing, zilch. Why not? Now I have no idea as to what happened. All I can say is I am miffed. Just typifies what total incompetents the BBC are.
I believe those episodes aired the previous week.
However, you can watch them on iPlayer if you have access to an online computer, tablet or phone – https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0dyryn9/north-sea-connection-series-1-5-bowline