Scandi-drama is a cause for excitement nowadays after the success of shows such as ‘The Killing’, ‘Borgen’ and ‘The Bridge’. So when a new show comes along, with Sweden’s trademark misty and mountainous landscapes, a plot full of missing children and a determined, but slightly disturbed female detective, we think we know what we’re going to be watching.

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Eva Thörnblad (Moa Gammel) is such a woman, who returns to her hometown to deal with her father’s estate after his death. She finds herself wrapped up in the disappearance of a young boy, a case she is convinced is connected to the similar disappearance of her daughter, Josephine, 7 years prior.

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At first it looks like we are dealing with some kind of government conspiracy, with a mysterious man going around blowing up things, the father of the kidnapped boy acting suspicious with his boss and a homeless woman who seems to know more than she’s letting on. But just as you think you know what direction this show is going in it takes a sharp turn into a completely different world. By the end of the first episode I realised I wasn’t watching the same show I thought I was.

With smoke enveloping the forest in many of the scenes, the stunning scenery alone is worth seeing. Adding on the plot which becomes increasingly compelling, with supernatural elements that aren’t as ‘in your face’ as other fairy-tale shows such as ‘Once Upon A Time’ or ‘Grimm’, it has become one of my favourite things to watch on TV. ‘Jordskott’ is a lot more subtle, and the fairy-tales are wonderfully Nordic (changelings, humans with tails, strange humanoid white river creatures – perhaps an alteration of the ‘water-horse?).

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My own interest into Nordic mythology and fairy-tales developed whilst playing the 2013 Swedish iOS game ‘Year Walk’, introducing plenty of almost forgotten creatures and traditions such as the Årsgång – the Year Walk itself. ‘Jordskott’ has very much the same kind of feel, often creepy and mysterious, with plenty of strange happenings that I can only hope don’t culminate into the ‘Lindelhof Effect’, named after the ‘Lost’ show-runner.

Not only do we have the supernatural element that makes this show so fascinating, but we also see corruption in the establishment, social loners and the struggles of the mentally challenged which only compliment the mythology in a modern world. With 5 more episodes to go we can only imagine where ‘Jordskott’ will go from here.

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Watch Jordskott on Wednesdays at 10pm, ITV Encore.

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