Follow the Money

followthemoneyWe finally caught up on our recorded episodes of this latest Danish ‘scandi-drama’ last night and I have to say we really enjoyed it.  The writing was sharp, the characters thoroughly believable and it was great to watch a crime drama that wasn’t completely hung up on murder for a change.

Yes, there were deaths during the 10-episode run, but they were almost incidental to the main storyline of corporate fraud and personal greed.  The two main detectives, Mads and Alf, used their very different approaches (paper trail and rather more ‘hands on’) to chase down the CEO of a green energy company whose wealth was based on little more than air.  Needless to say, because this was close to real life, they didn’t manage to tie up every loose end, but the perpetrators seemed to get their comeuppance in other, sometimes fateful ways.  One killed himself, one was arrested, one was shot by the very fixer he thought he employed himself.  Presumably on the orders of someone further, higher up the chain.

Mads and Alf were engaging characters, just maverick enough to be interesting without being unemployable, and it was also surprisingly nice to see Nicky and Bimse, the two bungling wannabe criminals, coming out of things relatively unscathed.

I’m not sure if there’s potential for further series in due course but I hope so.  ‘Follow the Money’ has been one of the standout new programmes on telly, even amongst a rich selection of other great series for crime and drama fans.