New Scottish crime collection Annika is to not be missed

Once you consider crime dramas set in Scotland, the plain couple of solutions that spring to thoughts are Taggart and Rebus.

However there’s a brand new child on the block, as digital channel Alibi is at present displaying a brand new collection set on Scotland’s waters, Annika.

The present stars Nicola Walker – no stranger to crime dramas via collection similar to Unforgotten and River – as DI Annika Strandhed, who has returned to Glasgow to move up the marine murder unite, the place she has to unravel puzzling crimes and murders, that wash up on the Scottish shoreline.

The collection has a singular twist as she usually breaks the fourth wall, turning to the digicam and addressing the viewers at residence, who grow to be Annika’s confidante.

The primary episode aired final Tuesday, with the second to air at 9pm tonight, August 24, when a physique is discovered on a ship drifting within the Clyde. The case takes the group to the Isle of Bute, the place a darkish secret is uncovered.

Annika co-stars Jamie Sives (Guilt), Ukweli Roach and Katie Leung (Cho Chang within the Harry Potter film collection).

Annika started life as a radio collection, which Nicola starred in for six collection, and he or she explains: ‘Nick Walker, the author, is good. I really like the way in which his mind works. He has a really uncommon tackle drama. I’d labored with him earlier than in 2010 on the Radio 4 drama Lifecoach with Stephen Tomkinson.

Nicola Walker in Annika (Photograph: Alibi)

‘So, when he instructed me he had give you one other radio drama referred to as Annika, it was a type of moments the place it was a sure earlier than he’d even despatched the script!

‘I really like the radio collection. It was set in a world of crime, which all of us perceive, however Annika’s angle on it was very totally different. It passed off in Norway and was very idiosyncratic.

‘She was residing in her head with a dozen totally different characters. You solely ever heard her talking. I’ve been in Annika’s head for seven years now, and it’s a really uncommon place to reside!’

Nicola was eager to remain on board when Nick mentioned he was adapting the collection for tv: ‘A: Completely. As everybody is aware of, I’ve performed loads of detectives through the years. However I’ve been Annika a very long time now, and if there was an opportunity of getting her totally fleshed out in a real-world surroundings, I wished to be a part of it. I used to be very eager to see how she labored transposed to life in Scotland.

‘When he began speaking a few tv collection, my first query was, how would you populate the world which has beforehand solely been in Annika’s head. Nick mentioned instantly, “we’re going to interrupt the fourth wall!” So, she nonetheless has Norwegian heritage, she continues to be an outsider, and he or she nonetheless has a unique method of dealing with life and work, however the hook is the truth that that is the one detective collection the place the viewers is the silent sidekick. We’re in cahoots along with her.

‘With most characters there may be a lot subtext. However there isn’t a subtext with Annika as a result of the subtext is her speaking on to you and telling you what she feels. By the top, we’re going to know her in addition to she is aware of herself.’

Nicola Walker with Ukweli Roach, Katie Leung and Jamie Sives

Taking pictures Annika passed off through the pandemic, which Nicola admits was a stress.

She admitted: ‘Sure. It felt like the most important leap to make it throughout Covid. Scotland went into lockdown whereas I used to be on the practice up there from England. I assumed, “can life get any extra surreal?” I used to be scared of the
logistics of filming it throughout lockdown, but it surely in a short time grew to become obvious that we might make it work. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

‘The principle challenges had been the collective issues of creating certain everyone felt secure. That was accomplished very well. There was continuous testing. The pandemic additionally meant that we couldn’t shoot sure scenes in the way in which we wished, so we simply needed to discover methods round that.

‘The strangest factor was being in lockdown in Scotland with none of my household. Not seeing my household for 3 months was unusual. It was a solitary expertise on a job that’s usually extremely sociable. However the principle factor was, I knew we had been all secure. On the finish of daily, I assumed, “okay, that’s one other day accomplished, and everyone seems to be secure”.’

Annika is on Alibi at 9pm every Tuesday.

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