Producing Peripheral Locations: Double Marginality in Italian and Danish Television Crime Narratives


  • Kim Toft Hansen Aalborg University
  • Valentina Re Link Campus University



Peripheral Locations, Production Studies, Danish Television, Italian Television, Translocal Spaces


Alongside the enduring interest in capitals, location strategies in European crime series production have showcased an increased attention towards stories from and topographies of peripheral, distant and rural locations. We define and discuss this transcultural and transnational trend through the concepts of peripheral locations and double marginality, in the sense that these locations are usually distant from both production hubs and the symbolic centres of the nations, thus providing a fresh, sought-after visual identity to new crime series.

Combining representational studies with a production studies perspective on Italian and Danish PSB crime dramas, including a media systemic exploration, we analyse the particular location strategies in a range of profiled series broadcasted by Rai in Italy and TV 2 in Denmark. In the end, we compare these strategies and reconfigure the notion of peripheral locations in the view of the analyses, while lifting the perspective to European level, thus showing how the tendency towards using peripheral locations in television dramas uncovers a new, European translocal sense of place and emphasize the role of TV series in forming a collective spatial imaginary of Europe.

Author Biographies

Kim Toft Hansen, Aalborg University

Kim Toft Hansen is Associate Professor at the Department of Culture and Learning, Aalborg University, Denmark. His main research areas are television production studies, Nordic TV drama, media policy, locations in film and television, crime fiction and Scandinavian film. Recent book publications include Production Design (Samfundslitteratur, 2020, co-authored with Naja Aggerholm and Jakob Ion Wille), European Television Crime Drama and Beyond (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, co-edited with Steven Peacock and Sue Turnbull), Locating Nordic Noir: From Beck to The Bridge (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, co-authored with Anne Marit Waade) and 1864: tv-serien, historien, kritikken (Aalborg University Press, 2016).

Valentina Re, Link Campus University

Valentina Re is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Link Campus University, Rome, Italy. Her main research areas include film, media and literary theory, media production, distribution and consumption, film analysis and television studies. Among her publications are the books Le belle donne ci piacciono. E come! Cinema nuovo, cultura comunista e modelli di mascolinità (1952-1958) (Diabasis, 2021, coauthored with E. Mandelli); Streaming media. Distribuzione, circolazione, accesso (Mimesis, 2017); Game of Thrones. Una mappa per immaginare mondi (Mimesis, 2017, co-edited with S. Martin); L’innesto. Realtà e finzioni da Matrix a 1Q84 (Mimesis, 2014, co-authored with A. Cinquegrani), and Cominciare dalla fine. Studi su Genette e il cinema (Mimesis, 2012).




How to Cite

Toft Hansen, K., & Re, V. (2021). Producing Peripheral Locations: Double Marginality in Italian and Danish Television Crime Narratives. Cinéma & Cie. Film and Media Studies Journal, 21(36/37), 57–81.