TV crew in Stavanger to shoot last ever episode of The Killing

The celebrated team behind Danish crime drama series The Killing is in Stavanger on Norway’s west coast this week to record the last ever episode of the hugely successful show.

TV crew in Stavanger to shoot last ever episode of The Killing
Mikael Birkkjær and Sofie Gråbøl in a scene from the second season (Photo:Tine Harden/DR).

With its ingenious plot twists and compelling characters, The Killing has for years kept audiences gripped far beyond Denmark’s borders.

Unprecedented numbers of British viewers tuned in to watch Detective Inspector Sarah Lund solve the complex case of a girl’s murder in Copenhagen in Season One, with BBC4 controller Richard Klein hailing the series as a “game changer” for subtitled drama.

While the action in the first two seasons took place against the respective backdrops of city hall rivalries and national security quagmires, Sarah Lund now finds herself navigating the murky corridors of global finance in her trademark knitted sweaters.

Sofie Gråbøl – the actress who stars as Lund – admitted she would miss playing the impulsive inspector once shooting ends this Friday, newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad reports.

“It’s incredibly melancholic, actually. We’ve been working on this project for seven years, and it’s a project that has filled my heart,” Gråbøl told the newspaper.

Filming has taken place this week at a cargo port in Risavika Harbour, west of Stavanger.

The city's airport, prison and a local fish farm will also be used as locations in the final showdown.

In Season Three, Europe has fallen into moral decline in the wake of the global financial crisis, as the continent wallows in indifference, dirty money and, of course, murder.  

“The actors got to know who the killer was when we read through the script for the last episode on August 20th. That's how we usually do it,” said producer Piv Bernth.

According to Bernth, The Killing was always intended to be a trilogy.

”But we didn’t dare say anything about that until we saw that it had a resonance,” she told Stavanger Aftenblad.

Bernth primarily attributes the show’s success to the quality of the story lines.

”It’s a series that’s driven by characters with human reactions. People find it exciting and moving. And then there’s the fact that Sarah, as played by Sofie, is absolutely amazing.”

Season Three of The Killing (Forbrydelsen) premieres in Norway on October 8th on NRK 1.

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Norway Burger King ordered to close for breaking corona rules

A branch of Burger King in Norway was ordered to close on Saturday night after inspectors judged it was allowing customers to rub up too closely together.

Norway Burger King ordered to close for breaking corona rules
The branch of Burger King in Stavanger's main square. Photo: Google Maps
The restaurant in Stavanger, the capital of the country's oil industry, was visited by inspectors from the city government late on Saturday night, and judged not to be meeting infection control requirements.  
“The restaurant was closed because they did not comply with the guidelines for distance between the customers,” Øyvind Berekvam, a spokesperson for the municipality, told Norway's state broadcaster NRK
Norway requires all bars and restaurants to ensure that customers and personnel can maintain a distance between one another of at least one metre. 
Heidi Moss, the marketing manager for King Food, which has run Burger King's Norway franchise sine 1988, said that the chain was looking at how to make sure there could be no infringements at its other 109 restaurants in the country. 
“We are of course taking the event in Stavanger very seriously,” she told NRK. “We want to avoid similar situations and are right now looking at measures that can be implemented.”
She said she was considering where possible putting place a one-way system in restaurants with separate entrances and exits, and also perhaps hiring security guards. 
The closure marked the first time a bar or restaurant has been shut down for non-compliance in Stavanger since the coronavirus pandemic began in March. 
Runar Johannessen, the head of infection control in Stavanger, said he believed that all nightspots should employ security guards to make sure customers follow distancing requirements. 
“It is a challenge to adhere to the guidelines when there is as little contagion as there is now, but with no idea how this develops,” he said. 
For example, it may be to return to stay open day and night, guard when there are many guests waiting and differentiated entrance and exit so that there is a one-way walk through the restaurant, according to the marketing manager.