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The Hunt for a Killer

June 29, 8.30pm on Rialto Channel

Dubbed the Swedish answers to Manhunter, The Hunt for a Killer is a six-part crime series set in the late 1980s that dramatises the real-life investigation into the disappearance and murder of 10-year-old Helén Nilsson in the town of Hörby. The sickening crime not only shocked the nation but remained unsolved for 16 years, creating a major rift between the community and the local police force.

The series follows police officers Per-Åke Åkesson (Anders Beckman, Midsommar) and Monica Olhed (Lotten Roos, Wallander) who led the investigation into Helén’s murder. In a slow burn of a plot that spans 15 years between 1989 and 2004, we follow Per-Åke and Monica as they investigate and solve a series of unusually brutal murders in the scenic southern Swedish region of Skåne, while the identity of Helén’s killer continues to elude them.

Helén was abducted and killed in March 1989, but it wasn’t until 2004 that investigations led to a possible suspect.

Featuring terrific period costumes and production design, and complemented by some brilliantly understated performances, this is not a high-octane Scandi-noir thriller, but it is a true crime story that gets under your skin.

For those wanting some lighter viewing, premiering on Rialto Channel on June 26 at 8.30pm is The Truth, a French-English film starring Catherine Deneuve as an actress who has a stormy reunion with her daughter (played by Juliette Binoche) after publishing her memoir. The Truth screens as part of Rialto Channel’s annual “unlocked” event, which runs over the weekend of June 26-27 and gives Sky subscribers a free taste of what the channel has on offer.

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