Death in Ice Valley
By BBC World Service
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An unidentified body. Who was she? Why hasn’t she been missed? A BBC World Service and NRK original podcast, investigating a mystery unsolved for almost half a century.
||Clean10. Underground||New path, old cutlery. Violent times and reflections||6/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9. The Isdal Girl||Destination: red hot spot. Following the isotope maps. There is also a forgotten object||6/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8. Case Closed||Written in a tooth and a 't'. And the day police announced the end of the investigation||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7. Mystery Men||Silence in Room 426 and at dinner. And a mirror. #DeathinIceValley||5/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6. Spycatcher||Keep your mouth shut! Protect yourself! The meeting on the platform. #DeathinIceValley||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5. The Penguin||Boom! The secret file and what the fisherman saw. #DeathinIceValley||5/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4. Telltale Tooth||ML 23N MM. Names, spooks and following the fillings. Break the code. #DeathinIceValley||5/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3. The Remote Archive||Catch of the day – searching for a breakthrough. Who was Finella Lorck?||4/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2. A Case of Clues||Memories of a stranger and a smell. Contents of two suitcases take us to southern Norway||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1. The Isdal Woman||Some graves hold more secrets than others. No relatives attended her funeral||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Preview: Clues and Riddles||Introducing Death in Ice Valley – a true story. What can our investigation discover?||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
High Production Low Quality Storytelling
As amazing as the BBC’s sound production team must be, it can’t make up for the awkward cringeworthy attempt at storytelling-through-conversation format of the podcast. The hosts pretend like all of their investigations are happening “live” which makes me feel like I’m watching a kids tv program (think a murderous Dora the Explorer). I recommend the two hosts learn from their betters such as as Serial, Dirty John, S-Town etc to configure a better format for their content. The story they’ve chosen is actually really interesting and it would be a shame to let this all this research/interviews go to waste.
So please PLEASE fix this BBC. Maybe it means having the hosts switch off areas of investigation or host completely different episodes - all I know is telling me to “come along” for the adventure ain’t cutting it.
no resolution and just constant conjectures. they should just do ancestral dna testing like they did to catch I5killer. they just passed that up. maybe they found it and it was a spy and they had to stop the podcast. seems weird it is wrapped up with so little concern for following through - they must have found something out.
Repetitive, filler-heavy and over-produced
I wanted to love this and have given it three episodes in hopes it would improve, but it is almost unbearable to listen to two people mumble-whisper the same exact info back and forth. “Looks like she was trying to mask her handwriting” “Handwriting analysts said she was trying to mask her handwriting “yes you can see how the letters are so forced, almost like she’s trying to mask her handwriting..” “Yes it appears she didn’t want to use her real handwriting” and I’m barely exaggerating on that exchange. Also, there is no reason to take so long setting scenes, like forcing the audience to listen to the GPS in the car and them sorting out directions. It’s brutal filler that makes an otherwise intriguing story annoying to follow. I wish they would’ve just made shorter episodes without all of the filler, or waited to launch it until they truly had enough material for each episode. It’s a bit insulting to the listener to think they wouldn’t notice that you’re hovering over minutiae for incredible amounts of time and queuing up the music every few seconds.