Forbindelse etableret - et studie i krimiens fascinationskraft

Louise Søborg Larsen, Anna Orheim Harboe Jensen, Nicolai Brenøe-Jensen & Rose Adel Brunbech

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The present project examines the two Danish TV series Forbrydelsen (2007) and Den som dræber (2011), which are produced by two different networks. Forbrydelsen is produced by the public service network Danmarks Radio, while Den som dræber is produced by the network TV2. We are aware that Forbrydelsen experienced great success in Denmark as well in other European countries, while Den som dræber dealt with mixed reviews and bad ratings. The ratings agree with the general opinion in this project group: We all think that Forbrydelsen is a better TV series compared to Den som dræber, but how come? We are examining which series is most successful and to do so, we felt the importance of considering which traditions they are associated with, and research upon how they create dramaturgical progress. To do so we make use of the neoformalist film analysis of David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson from the book Film Art: An introduction (2010), in which the focus is on the viewers. Their role as the sense making element is important in the research to confine why Forbrydelsen got such great ratings compared to Den som Dræber. The analysis made clear that the two TV series enter old traditions of crime literature. Den som dræber feels more like a copy of something we have seen in American series like CSI (2000), even though it departs a bit from the classic American crime tradition. The lack of surprise in the narrative configuration and the film aesthetic choices are where Den som dræber falls short of Forbrydelsen. Forbrydelsen on the other hand incorporates bits and pieces from both the American tradition and the British, and still manages to feel original due to the narrative choices in the production, the departing from the traditions, and the choices of film aesthetics, which all are crucial elements in the success of Forbrydelsen.

UddannelserDansk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato19 jun. 2015
VejledereSophie Engberg Sonne


  • Kvalitet
  • Succes
  • TV2
  • Amerikansk krimitradition
  • DR1
  • Forbrydelsen
  • Den som dræber
  • Nordic Noir
  • Bordwell & Thompson
  • Skandinavisk krimitradition
  • Britisk krimitradition
  • Krimiserie