Dagblaðið 11th January 1979

Út í óvissuna – British critics’ reaction to the first episode

Desmond Bagley's Running Blind Icelandic media article from Dagbladid 11th January 1979.

As is well known, people from BBC Scotland television were here last summer to make a film based on Desmond Bagley’s spy story, Running Blind, which has been called in Icelandic Út í óvissuna, and is set in Iceland. Various stars from British television were in the lead roles – such as Stuart Wilson, George Sewell and Vladek Sheybal, but Icelandic actors were also recruited to the production with Rangnheiður Steindóróttir’s part being one of the biggest. She plays the protagonist’s Icelandic fiancée, Elin. Steindór Hjörleifsson and others are also involved. The screenplay was written by Jack Gerson and it will be shown in several episodes this month on the BBC. The first episode was shown last Friday and now Dagblaðið has seen some reviews about it. Many people think there is much trivial content with too many clichés. The Daily Telegraph calls the episode a ‘knock about spy story‘ and ‘nonsensical‘ but gives the impression, however, that it is not boring. It is mainly the Icelandic landscape that can be enjoyed and the pursuit provides various opportunities for nature observation. Nothing more was said about the show. Dagblaðið will monitor further reactions by the British media with regard to this.

Image title: Filming in Austurstræti last summer. The actor walking in Austurstræti stops to buy a newspaper from the newsboy before entering Hressó cafe.

Photo: DB-Hörður

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  1. ‘Út í óvissuna – viðbrögð brezkra gagnrýnenda við fyrsta þætti’: Dagblaðið, 11 January 1979, p. 15; © DV ehf.