killing_bannerI am having a Killing spree.

No, no I don’t mean I have just been into the nearest Wal-Mart and bought a semi automatic assault rifle and a shedfull of slugs to put in it and am heading for the nearest school (Now here’s a thought: why don’t these tough guys ever try to shoot up a prison maybe, or a military establishment: find themselves a bit more challenging opposition than unarmed toddlers?). No, I mean, since getting hooked on the Danish TV thriller, ‘The Killing’ I am watching all the back episodes of the first two series. And very satisfying it is too.

So if you are suffering withdrawal symptoms from  Lund’s jumpers, dense plots, and impossible language, then suffer no more. ‘Sitting Comfortably’ is right here with a bumper collection of ‘Killing’ – related facts and activities to tide you over until Soren Sveistrup can be persuaded to write more.

Did You Know

The word ‘Forbrydelsen’ means ‘Killing’ in Danish. ‘Killing’ means ‘Kitten’

Actress Sophie Gråbøl often phones freinds by mistake on her mobile while on the set. Actually it happens less often these days, as her number of contacts has dwindled.

Denmark is such a small country that it has only ten professional actors. So they have to double up. That is why you sometimes get confused: is the guy I’m watching Lund’s police partner – and perpetrator, or is he the Prime Minister’s husband in ‘Borgen’? (Oh! you haven’t seen series two yet? … I’m sorry)

Sarah Lund has had to work with many  partners in her police career. Here are just a few:



‘The Killing’  is shot one episode at a time.

The actors never know who the guilty party is until the penultimate episode.

Identify Lund

Study the two pictures below. List discrepancies between the two. Which is the real Sarah Lund and which is the imposter?

Picture A

Picture A

Picture B

Picture B

Having trouble understanding Danish?

Allow ‘Sitting Comfortably’ to give you some help. English and Danish are related languages which share a comon root in Old Norse.  Read the following:


Nonsense isn’t it?

Not when you translate it into English:

Have you any eggs?

Now try this example yourselves. Ordering breakfast at your hotel.

” Hi, Funem?” “Hi, Svfm” “Funex?” “Svfx” “Okmnx” “Tak” “Tak”

Did you get it?

“Hello Have you any ham?” “Hello Yes, we have ham” “Have you any eggs?” “Yes, we have eggs” “Okay, ham and eggs” “Thank you” “Thank you”

© Andy Daly 2013



Tsk, what a time to get hooked to a TV crime/thriller series; three shows before its last ever episode.

For those of you who have no idea what I’m schizzling on about, ‘The Killing’ is a stylishly gloomy Danish cop series, now into its third and final series. It features constant drizzle, faceless housing developments, windows with no curtains, a surfeit of deserted premises (apparently) without lighting, causing the cops to draw torches  and make lots of pretty patterns in the dark, evil villains with sensitive eyes (see above), top of the range knitwear and a beguiling heroine, Sarah Lund.

Sarah Lund

Sarah Lund

Just read the pacy, tension-filled dialogue of the penultimate scene of series three as Lund and colleague Borch, in their car discuss her new jumper and where she got it from. If you don’t want to know how it ends, look away now.

Can I borrow your knitting patterns then?

Can I borrow your knitting patterns then?

Borsh: Så, Sarah Jeg kan lide din yoomper.
Lund: Min yoomper?
Borsh: Ja det er rart. Jeg kan godt lide rensdyr mønster
Lund: oh tak.
Borsh: hvor har du den yoomper fra?
Lund: Er … Debenhams …

(Lund’s mobile rings, she picks it  up)

Lund: Ja?

(She looks into the middle distance listening to the voice, then suddenly cuts the caller off mid sentence. Still looking into the mid distance, she slowly returns the mobile to her pocket)
Borsh: Er … Debenhams?
Lund:  (Still looking distracted) … Ja.
Borsh: Åh, jeg troede, du altid gik yoomper til Marks and Spencer?
Lund: Marks and Spencer?
Borsh: Ja
Lund: Nej. Mine yoomper? Fra Marks and Spencer? … Nej.
Borsh: Oh
Lund: Ingen altid gå til Debenhams
Borsh: oh. hvor meget var det?
Lund: 30 kroner
Borsh: du sjov?
Lund: de har uld og mønstre så godt.
Borsh: Uld og mønstre?
Lund: Ja, du kan strikke din egen. Yoomper
Borsh: Oh.
Lund: Det regner meget er det ikke?

For those of you who maybe have not seen the series and therefore find your Danish a bit under par, here are some helpful words and phrases to help with the above.

Jeg kan lide din                                                  I like

rensdyr mønster                                                reindeer pattern

hvor har                                                               where did you get

jeg troede                                                             I always thought

du altid gik til                                                      you went to

hvor meget var det?                                           How much was it?

du sjov?                                                                You’re having a laugh?
Uld                                                                         wool

mønstre                                                                pattern

strikke                                                                   knit

Det regner meget er det ikke?                          It’s pissing down isn’t?

That's better! Actress Sophie Gråbøl

That’s better! Actress Sophie Gråbøl

For those of you who may be interested Lund’s ‘yoompers’ are hand knitted from Gudrun & Gudrun at 280 euros a pop.

Apologies to all my Danish readers.

© Andy Daly 2012