If 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 presently exhibiting a brand new collection set on Scotland’s waters, Annika.
The present stars Nicola Walker – no stranger to crime dramas by means of collection reminiscent of 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 novel twist as she often breaks the fourth wall, turning to the digital camera and addressing the viewers at residence, who turn into 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 staff 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 sensible. I 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.
‘So, when he instructed me he had give you one other radio drama known as Annika, it was a type of moments the place it was a sure earlier than he’d even despatched the script!
‘I 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 befell in Norway and was very idiosyncratic.
‘She was dwelling 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 stay!’
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 quite a lot of detectives over time. However I’ve been Annika a very long time now, and if there was an opportunity of getting her absolutely fleshed out in a real-world setting, 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 couple of 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 manner 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 together with her.
‘With most characters there’s a lot subtext. However there is no such thing as 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.’
Taking pictures Annika befell throughout the pandemic, which Nicola admits was a stress.
She admitted: ‘Sure. It felt like the largest leap to make it throughout Covid. Scotland went into lockdown whereas I used to be on the practice up there from England. I believed, “can life get any extra surreal?” I used to be afraid of the
logistics of filming it throughout lockdown, however it in a short time turned obvious that we may make it work. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
‘The primary challenges have been the collective considerations of constructing certain everyone felt protected. That was carried out 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 have been all protected. On the finish of each day, I believed, “okay, that’s one other day carried out, and everyone seems to be protected”.’
Annika is on Alibi at 9pm every Tuesday.