Channel 4, 10.45pm
Fans of Borgen will recognise Birgitte Hjort Sørensen in Walter Presents’ latest Swedish-Danish drama Greyzone as Victoria, a Danish drone engineer. In this opening episode she travelled to Frankfurt, wowed a tech conference and was pursued by a journalist eager for an interview with for his magazine. It was obvious straight away he was a wrongun, and at the end of the episode, he took her hostage.
Meanwhile, the Swedish security police, led by Eva (Tova Magnusson) found a warhead at customs and were on the hunt for the escaped smuggler.
Both women are persuasive, and refreshing to see in a series so focused on technology, the military, and terrorism. Hjort Sørensen in particular is a captivating screen presence and, though predictable, her complicated family life – young son, unreliable ex – kept this feeling personal, and not too bogged down in jargon and over-hammed suspense tropes.
Those were clearest on the Swedish side, where it was implied that Eva had some trauma in her past that will surely be unearthed later: reference to a psychiatrist, secret blister pack of pills in the back pocket, dramatic washing of face in cold water and long stare into public toilet mirror.
So, Greyzone is not as sophisticated as it thinks it is, but it’s enjoyable anyway – the relationship between captor and captive has yet to play out, which could be a rich seam for psychological drama. Just don’t expect it to be subtle.