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The Killing (Seasons 1-3)
The KillingBased on the best of Nordic Noir,
  the original hit with a strong female lead
  that put the genre firmly on the map,
  the brilliant and absolutely riveting
  can’t-miss first three series of the hugely
  popular US remake The Killing makes
  a highly-anticipated debut to home

A MAGNIFICENT AND MULTI-LAYERED whodunit that intelligently and fascinatingly slow burns through the clues to discover the perpetrators of crime, the US remake of The Killing is based on the original Nordic Noir Danish hit Forbrydelsen, featuring jumper-wearing homicide detective Sarah Lund.

Taking place in Seattle, the highly-addictive The Killing sees detective Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos: Big Love), desperately trying to take her thirteen-year-old son Jack (Liam James) to California so she can retire and marry her fiancé.

In the first series, Sarah clashes with her intended replacement, Detective Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman: Robocop), who seems to have his own agenda. And despite her well-laid plans, she has yet to leave for her new life away from the force.

The Killing is
a cracking atmospheric
darkly compulsive
and with
ample twists to keep you
Sarah is the lead detective dealing with a particularly tragic and sensitive murder and her boss, Lt Michael Oakes (Garry Chalk) is keen for her to solve the case. An attractive 17-year-old High School girl, Rosie Larsen (Kate Findlay), disappeared just after the school Halloween dance, and has been murdered.

Rosie's body was found in a lake, in the trunk of a campaign car of politician Darren Richmond (Billy Campbell: Helix) who is running for mayor. Widower Darren is having an affair with one of his campaign staff, senator's daughter Gwen Eaton (Kristin Lehman), and has plenty to hide.

The suspects mount up as Rosie's father Stan (Brent Sexton) is revealed to have links to the Polish Mafia, along with his friend and colleague Belko Royce (Brendan Sexton III). Rosie's distraught mother Michelle "Mitch" Larsen (Michelle Forbes) is concerned that her husband's past has come back to haunt him.

Mitch's sister Theresa "Terry" Marek (Jamie Anne Allman) knows more than she admits and Rosie's Moslem schoolteacher Bennet Ahmed (Brandon Jay McLaren), a mentor with Darren's youth programme, is married to heavily-pregnant Amber (Ashley Johnson), his former pupil. Bennet has been sending letters to Rosie and he is concealing a secret.

Rosie's cocky ex-boyfriend Jasper Ames (Richard Harmon), his friend Kris Echols (Gharnett Patrick Paon); and Rosie's best friend Sterling Fitch (Kacey Rohl) may also fall under suspicion.

Sarah is horrified at Jack's increasingly disturbing behaviour and by the appearance of someone from her past. She also unintentionally upsets close friend Regi Darnell (Annie Corley). Then an informer releases information that puts the life of a man who may be innocent at risk and Rosie's family are further traumatised by revelations.

The Killing is a cracking atmospheric drama; darkly compulsive and with ample twists to keep you guessing. Neatly woven into a tightly-knit story where many of the characters are not as innocent as they seem, The Killing twists and turns with ease until even Sarah cannot be sure of her instincts.

Series Two continues with Darren in hospital with gunshot wounds and in a coma with the allegations of corruption still hanging over him. Determined to nail the killer, Sarah discovers that a crucial piece evidence has been fabricated by Holder.

As the Larsens try to come to terms with their loss, which is badly affecting Tommy, Rosie's backpack appears at the house. The case has been passed to County, but Linden and Holder can't let go. As Sarah's personal problems escalate and Holder tries to pacify girlfriend Caroline Swift (Jewel Staite), information from an unexpected source may provide a breakthrough.

In Series Three Linden, who has returned after a break, and Holder investigate the murder of a sixteen-year-old hooker that has echoes of an earlier case. Sarah discusses with former partner James Skinner (Elias Koteas) whether the disappearance of Kallie Leeds (Cate Sproule) is linked to the Ashley Kwon case. As Ashley was held for a few days before she died, Kallie may still be alive.

A number of young women's bodies are uncovered, all appearing to have been killed the same way as Ashley but Kallie's mother Danette Lutz (Amy Seimetz) and her boyfriend Joe Mills (Ryan Robbins) seem evasive when questioned.

Could there be a link to Goldie (Brendan Fletcher), who has been involved with child porn, and to Angie Gower (Laine MacNeil), who has been badly beaten? And how does Ray Seward (Peter Sarsgaard), languishing on death row, fit in? More shocks are in store for the detectives as the suspects mount up.

The Killing also features: Don Thompson as Janek Kovarsky; Jonathan Cake as David Rainier; Bex Taylor-Klaus as Bullet; Ben Cotton as Pastor Mike; Gregg Henry as Carl Reddick; and Rowan Longworth as Adrian Seward.

The atmospheric Score is by Frans Bak; Main Title Theme Written by Richard File and Wendy Rae Fowler; Performed by We Fell To Earth; Cinematography by Gregory Middleton, Peter Wunstorf and Brian Johnson; Written and Produced by Veena Sud (Cold Case); Directors include: Patty Jenkins, Ned Bianchi, Nicole Kassell and Agnieszka Holland.

* To coincide with the release of The Killing Season Four on Netflix, Mediumrare brings the Emmy-nominated The Killing Seasons One to Three to DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in the UK as one complete collection and also as single disc releases and Season Two and Three make their UK home entertainment debut on 27 October 2014.

Product Details
Certificate: 15 / Language: English | The Killing Season 2 DVD (FHED3131 / 4 Discs / RRP: £29.99) | The Killing Season 3 DVD (FHED3084 / 3 Discs / RRP: £29.99) | The Killing Season 1-3 DVD (FHED3161 / 11 Discs / RRP: £69.99) | The Killing Season 2 BD (FHEB3132 / 3 Discs / RRP: £34.99) | The Killing Season 3 BD (FHEB3160 / 3 Discs / RRP: £34.00) | The Killing Season 1-3 BD (FHEB3162 / 9 Discs / RRP: £69.99).

"The Killing is a cracking atmospheric drama; darkly compulsive and with ample twists to keep you guessing" Maggie Woods

"Deliciously intelligent TV… Marvellously executed" The Telegraph