DVD: The Killing II (15)

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She's back, sporting a new red jumper and tasked with solving another gruesome crime.

This time, there are only ten episodes to draw the plot out – so there are fewer of the red herrings, twists and turns that characterised Sarah Lund's last investigation. In this series, a woman has been horribly mutilated, filmed, then executed. All the evidence points to a fringe group of Islamic extremists. But this is The Killing, so things are never that simple. Lund is called back from her dull job at the border agency to work her magic, as victims drop like flies. Compulsive, dark, confusing – it's exactly what fans of the first series will want. An ideal Christmas gift.