The brilliant Hans Rosenfeldt, the man behind The Bridge, always talks of the ‘second story’ when answering questions about the differences between Scandinavian crime dramas and those from, say, the UK or the US. The ‘second story’ refers that strong socio-political context that fires much of the best output from the region. Now, with the premiere of series four mere days away for our friends on mainland Europe (before you ask, incredibly there’s still no word as to when it’ll appear in the UK), Rosenfeldt has spoken about the inspiration for this fourth and final series.
Our Charlotte has been on the look-out for all things Bridge-related and she spotted Rosenfeldt explaining to the SVT website that he and Camilla Ahlgren wrote the script during the refugee crisis.
“We do not care to be reality, but we try to be contemporary. When we wrote the script, we could not imagine that we could make a series in 2016-2017 where we totally avoid the refugee stream.”
The site goes onto say:
The theme of identity characterises the season in more or less clear terms – something in the first sections: acquaintance with twin brothers, life with protected identity, the meaning and value of a passport, and several different role figures seeking answers to the question “who am I?”.
To ignore border controls and that the climate of debate between Sweden and Denmark has changed since autumn 2015 has not been completely ignored, explains the scriptwriter duo.
There’s also an interesting new trailer, which is in Swedish and Danish, but gives us a general idea and stokes up the anticipation nicely. Unfortunately, it can’t be embedded here, so just go here to watch.
Lest we forget, most of Europe is getting series four of The Bridge from New Year’s Day onwards, while us chumps here in the UK have to wait until… well, it looks likely it’ll be the back end of January now. CURSE YOU BBC!
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