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The Killing's Birger Larsen right at home in Swansea

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 27, 2013

By rob goodman

visit  Writer of The Killing, Birger Larsen, on Swansea's foreshore.

visit Writer of The Killing, Birger Larsen, on Swansea's foreshore.

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HE was involved with one of the most acclaimed shows on television.

And director Birger Larsen felt right at home when he came to Swansea this week — because of our dreary weather.

Birger was the director responsible for the first three episodes of dark and brooding Danish detective drama, The Killing.

He said he was blown away on his first visit to Wales and Swansea, where he attended the Celtic Media Festival, which has been held in the city this week.

The 51-year-old from Copenhagen said: "This is my first time in Wales.

"I came on the train it looked really beautiful and when I got here Swansea was full of fog, I thought it is my kind of place.

"I am at the festival as part of a story-telling panel, I was very nervous but I think it went well."

As well as working on The Killing, Birger is known in his home country as being a children's film-maker, responsible for such hits as Let The Polar Bears Dance.

In 1998 he was nominated for an Academy Award for his short film Sweethearts.

And he was full of praise for some of British television's biggest hits too, including the BBC's hit Sherlock Holmes reboot and Helen Mirren's Prime Suspect.

"Of course it was a huge surprise that The Killing went so big, it was wonderful and it is such a strong series," he added.

"Sherlock Holmes and Luther are amazing as is Prime Suspect., they are something else.

"In Prime Suspect you had a strong female character long before The Killing."

More than 300 delegates — made up of experts from television, film and radio, attended the Celtic Media Festival, which was held at the city's Marriott Hotel.

Among the highlights of the three day festival was the premier of Swansea Market, a documentary series which focuses on the ups and downs of the city's famous indoor market.

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