Sebastian Bergman | Den Fördömde

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3.3 Stars
Starring: Rolf Lassgård, Gunnel Fred, Moa Silén
2010. Series Ended

Sebastian Bergman is a Swedish police procedural television series, based on two novels by Michael Hjorth and Hans Rosenfeldt. It stars Rolf Lassgård as the eponymous hero, a criminal profiler with personal problems.

Bergman is an experienced psychologist who, at the start of the series, has effectively retired from police work. With a reputation as a womaniser, he has for some years been recovering from the loss of his wife and child in the 2004 Thailand tsunami. A chance encounter with a former police colleague, Torkel Höglund (Tomas Laustiola), results in his being taken on as a consultant to assist in a murder case.

Bergman at first gets on badly with the young female detective Vanya (Moa Silén) with whom he has to work, and is subsequently shocked to discover that she is his illegitimate daughter from a relationship he has almost forgotten. Seeing this as an opportunity to make up for the death of his daughter (for which he blames himself), he slowly begins to rebuild his career.

In the first of the two thrillers, from the creators of the original Wallander TV films, he helps police in his home town solve the murder of a 15-year-old boy who had an affair with one of his teachers. In the second, he attempts to catch a serial killer who seems to be modelling his attacks on those of a jailed killer whom Bergman brought behind bars himself…

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