The Genre – Nordic Tartan Noir

“Nordic Noir has been instrumental in shaping both its form and content, helping TV drama to adapt to the unique conditions of this new broadcasting age”.(Creeber, 2015)

Murder on Tape interested me because I could see that it could be pivoted to build on the influence of Nordic Noir, dramas like Forbrydelsen(2008-2012) and Modus (2015) which have changed the direction of TV drama in Europe. I also wanted to visualize the themes and world view of the written “Tartan Noir”(BBC, 2017) in the Edinburgh of now  To do this I had to rewrite the script,  I teased out the thematic, plot and stylistic elements to make the script more current, the conflict more intense and the tone darker, a tone reflected in the name change Marcato!


Creeber, G. (2015). Killing us softly: Investigating the aesthetics, philosophy and influence of Nordic Noir television. The Journal of Popular Television, 3(1), pp.21-35.

BBC. (2017). BBC – Tartan Noir: A very strange beast. [online] Available at: [Accessed 14 February. 2017].

Modus (2016) Available at: (Accessed: 14 February 2017).

Tomboers (2012) Forbrydelsen. Available at: (Accessed: 18 February 2017).


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