Fortitude
Crime Scene UK|Issue 06

An international cast, including Dennis Quaid and The Killing’s Sofie Grabol, face a chilling Arctic threat in the second series of this ambitious, big-budget thriller…

Andre Paine

When the creepy Arctic thriller Fortitude launched in 2015, it was reportedly one of the most expensive British dramas ever, costing a reputed £25 million. Featuring Christopher Eccleston, Sofie Grabol, Stanley Tucci and Michael Gambon amid epic frozen landscapes, it seemed like money well spent. The only problem was that, when it came to filming in the Icelandic town of Reydarfjordur, which doubles as Norway, the production had to buy in fake snow. But not for Series 2…

“The weather was much more helpful,” creator, writer and executive producer Simon Donald says. “But they got stormed off on a couple of occasions. For the opening sequence, the encampment got blown away in the middle of the night and they had to rebuild it. It was fiercely cold when they were shooting that – we got a lot of snow this year.”

The second run begins 60 miles north of Fortitude, which is the fictional version of the real-life Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. A sinister prologue, set in 1942, sees Russian soldiers charging into a camp of Sami travellers and their reindeer, on the track of a bloodthirsty murderer. But even after he’s gunned down in the snow, the fiendish flesh-eater proves impossible to kill.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM CRIME SCENE UKView All

Fortitude

An international cast, including Dennis Quaid and The Killing’s Sofie Grabol, face a chilling Arctic threat in the second series of this ambitious, big-budget thriller…

3 mins read
Crime Scene UK
Issue 06

Famie Dornan

He’s the Northern Irish actor who started out as a musician and model before breaking into TV and film. In addition to the Fifty Shades trilogy, he recently starred with Cillian Murphy in the World War 2 thriller Anthropoid, but his defining role is as serial killer Paul Spector in the acclaimed BBC series, The Fall.

4 mins read
Crime Scene UK
Issue 06

Strange Days

After their mind-twisting Victorian Adventure, sherlock holmes And John watson finally return for A full series that promises pure evil, parenthood And a canine companion. But is moriarty really Alive?Crime Scene Joins the stars on-set, in search of clues to this much-Anticipated fourth season…

10+ mins read
Crime Scene UK
Issue 06

The First Detective

Sherlock holmes may be the world’s most famous detective, but an equally impressive fictional Sleuth beat him into print by almost two decades. Jake kerridge makes the case for Sergeant cuff, hero of the british detective novel’s debut, wilkie collins’ The MoonsTone.

3 mins read
Crime Scene UK
Issue 06

Sofie Grabol

She’s the Danish actor who made her breakthrough as detective Sarah Lund in The Killing, which ran for three seasons. It also inspired a TV comedy cameo in Absolutely Fabulous and a role in the US version of the Scandi crime smash. Ten years on from The Killing, she’s starring in Sky’s Arctic-set thriller Fortitude.

4 mins read
Crime Scene UK
Issue 07

Back To The Beach

As it returns for a third and final series, broadchurch introduces a brand new case for its detective duo. Crime scene goes behind the scenes with the cast at the seaside shoot for the shocking conclusion to a landmark tv drama.

7 mins read
Crime Scene UK
Issue 07

Fair Cop

She’s one of the most iconic characters in TV drama – mould-breaking female detective Jane Tennison. Crime Scene meets Stefanie Martini as she takes on the role for gritty ITV prequel Prime Suspect 1973.

5 mins read
Crime Scene UK
Issue 07