Extra Episode - Nordic Noir

Our man with a spy glass Paul Hirons takes the reigns for a short mini episode while our regular host Mark Billingham prepares for a new run of TV and book crime super-sleuthing.

Sara Blaedel and Paul Hirons

Sara Blaedel and Paul Hirons

While our regular host, award-winning crime writer Mark Billingham, attends crime rehab and limbers up for some brand-new episodes of A Stab In The Dark, our man with the spy glass, Paul Hirons, takes a closer look at the Nordic Noir phenomenon.

Paul attended Crimefest in Bristol and Iceland Noir in Reykjavik last year, and managed to chat to some of the Nordic region's best-selling crime authors - Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Ragnar Jonasson from Iceland, Anne Holt from Norway, Kati Hiekkapelto from Finland, Denmark's Sara Blædel and honoroury Brit and the co-curator of Iceland Noir, Quentin Bates.

In this mini-episode, Paul asks where Nordic Noir comes from and what defines it, and also discovers the links between Scandinavian and Nordic crime fiction and drama with Britain.

Mark will be back to host more brand-new episodes of A Stab In The Dark very soon.