Lovers of Scandinavian crime fiction in the UK have been waiting quite a while for something new to settle into in 2023, but that wait ends on Saturday 8 April at 9pm, when BBC Four will air the latest season of Those Who Kill (Den Som Dræber), which has the title Lost. Get ready for eight new episodes of darkness and tension – the show will also be available on iPlayer.
Criminal profiler Louise Bergstein, played by Natalie Madueño, wants to continue in her role helping the national crime squad solve murders, in spite of all that occurred in Blinded: Those Who Kill, which aired in 2021 in the UK. When a middle-aged couple are brutally murdered, she joins the investigation to assist the detective Frederik Havgaard (Simon Sears).
As they follow their leads, suspicion falls on a troubled young man called Bjørn Jepsen (Alex Høgh Andersen), who goes to ground, which makes him look even more guilty. As Louise and Frederik hunt for Bjørn, they manage to track down his younger sister, Maria (Thit Aaberg). Maria is expecting a child and is worried the authorities will take the baby away from her. Can Louise can help the young woman, even though she’s the main suspect’s sister?
As the manhunt for Bjørn continues, more blood is shed and the challenge for Louise becomes to understand Bjørn’s troubled mind, while the challenge for Frederik becomes to catch him before anyone else dies. But is Bjørn the culprit, or is he also a victim here? You’ll have to watch to discover the truth.
Lost: Those Who Kill aired in Denmark earlier this year as the third series of Den Som Dræber – Fanget af mørket (Those Who Kill – Captured by the Darkness), following on from Darkness: Those Who Kill (2019) and Blinded: Those Who Kill (2021). The programme is actually a reboot of the 2011 series Those Who Kill, which had a similar set-up but featured cases that were more procedural and shorter in extent. In the United States, Fox TV has created an American version of Those Who Kill set in Pittsburgh.
The series really benefits from two things. Firstly, the acting of Natalie Madueño as the criminal psychologist who, in the pursuit of justice, often get too close to the cases she’s investigating and becomes a potential target for the killers. She was also excellent in the Danish financial crime series Follow the Money. The second aspect of Those Who Kill that you might enjoy, aside from the twisty cases they investigate, is the moody atmosphere the cinematographers conjure. Series so far have been a little slow moving, but the sense of isolation and darkness, plus the threat of sudden violence, will keep you watching expectantly.
Lost: Those Who Kill consists of eight 45-minute episodes. If you watch it, let us know what you think in the comments below.
I missed the last episodes will it be repeated ? .
Hi Teresa – I’m not sure what you mean. Two episodes were aired on BBC Four on Saturday. Both are available on iPlayer. The last episode (8) will air on BBC Four on 29 April. It is available on iPlayer now:
Really good. Should go again
I really enjoyed this nail biting series. Excellent acting & story lines throughout.
Will there be another series? I hope so
I have really enjoyed everyone one of this series.
All the acting was first class, and quite believable .
I hope there will be more !
When, if ever, will Acorn in the States, pick this series up? Tal
Very good, gripping, a slow burn but always keeps you riveted. The gentle development of her relationships are subtle and never overplayed. The Danes make great TV. I do hope they make another series. Particularly good central characters with chemistry.
Absolutely Brilliant…Binge watched The whole series…(no spoilers) Gripped from the Start… Love the Team in this …
I didn’t want to watch snooker
I recorded the series but thanks to mind numbingly boring, endless wretched snooker I think I missed an episode. I saw up to where Bjorn accosted Louise outside her apartment and was shot by Frederik. Louise and Frederik have both relocated to a different city and seem to be starting a new case. Was baby Sebastian found or what happened?
Hi Valerie – the best thing to do is pick up with episode five on iPlayer, I think.
We’re not going to answer your question though, because that would be a massive spoiler for other readers. Hope you understand. – CFL
I’m outside the UK but was recording this when it aired live, so I can’t access the Iplayer. My Skybox seems to have missed the first few (maybe 10 mins?) of episode 5, which seems to be like a different season. I know you said to someone else that all would be revealed, but clearly something happens in that time. They seem to be in a different time and place. Very hard to find detailed recaps in English or even Danish. Someone please help!!
It picks up three years later.
Is the co-operative farm the same location used in The Legacy?
No, The Legacy was filmed at the estate Langkildegård in Svendborg (Fyn/Funen), and series 3 of Those Who Kill was filmed at the estate Vibygård in Viby/Roskilde (Sjælland/Zealand).
What happened to the missing Baby ???
they seem to have moved onto a completely different story after the shooting of Bjorn
Don’t worry … it is all resolved! Keep watching!
I’ve watched the original Those Who Kill and Darkness, Blinded and Lost. Absolutely gripping. Wish there were more to watch. Anyone know of any series as good as these?
There’s a Finnish show, The Man in Room 301, which has a similar feel – https://crimefictionlover.com/2021/02/finnish-crime-drama-man-in-room-301-coming-to-bbc-four/
If you haven’t seen The Killing that’s also excellent, as is The Investigation. Both are Danish shows.
The same actress is in Follow the Money, which a little more of a dark caper series with a financial crime flip side.
Another popular one is Before We Die, the Swedish show on More4 – https://crimefictionlover.com/2017/12/before-we-die-new-swedish-crime-show-on-channel-4/
Really enjoyed watching the series – and hoping that they might make a second one.
I loved this so much. I am happy to get it.