Samaritans.org has made an urgent plea to television drama producers, begging them to stop commissioning dark and gritty psychological police serials. In particular, singling out absolutely anything set in Scandinavia.
A spokesman for the charity said: ‘Nordic Noir often sees us completely inundated, sometimes handling upwards of three hundred calls every minute. Our phone lines go into meltdown. But it's not only this genre. During ITV's recent UK-based Trigger Point, its preposterous script and wooden acting had the nation so traumatised that we even had reports of our own call centre staff having to ring in for counselling.’