Hans Rosenfeldt: The Bridge IV inspired by refugee crisis

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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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Gina Purcell says:

    I’m astounded at the stupidity of the BBC. How could they drop the ball like that! And after making such a song-and-dance about getting onto BBC2? If that’s the reason for a delay, it’s just dumb; they should’ve left it on BBC4!! To miss out on the chance to air something so iconic, to fail to show it in-sync with European/Scandinavian broadcasters, smacks of sheer incompetence. Us Brits will now have to stay away from social media for the foreseeable to avoid spoilers… jävla idioter!


    1. Charlotte Carling says:

      I love the Beeb. There is no other broadcaster that compares. But this is an own goal of huge proportions. I would have relished the possibility to discuss The Bridge here in sync with the rest of you as the series progresses. Now I’ll be biting my tongue for weeks. Helvetes jälva skit!


      1. Joe Matula says:

        Why can’t we just enjoy crime drama and leave the politics out of it.


      2. Charlotte Carling says:

        I would call it scheduling decisions rather than politics, but ok. Because it would have been a lot of fun to share the experience of this widely anticipated final instalment of a very popular series with the UK viewers onboard. It was clearly offered to the BBC but they turned it down in favour of broadcasting significantly later. That’s a shame.

        I also think it’s a shame for Paul’s site, because if he had been able to review The Bridge immediately, more people would have discovered The Killing Times.

        Still, UK viewers prone to watch it will no doubt tune in whenever it’s broadcast.


      3. Paul Hirons says:

        I think there are contracts to consider here – there are different layers of deal, which may influence when a show is broadcast. Still, it’s really unfortunate that we won’t get The Bridge three or four weeks after the pan-European transmission. And you guys have Beck, too! You are laden with riches.

        Mind you, we have Spiral, so that’s something.


      4. Charlotte Carling says:

        I’m sure there are lots of things I don’t understand about the intricacies of scheduling. I’m just disappointed. Seija and I won’t even be able to discuss things here as we’d be spoiling everything for other people.


      5. Paul Hirons says:

        I would say, Joe, that most crime in the real world is rooted in socio-political context. And, in this ever-changing, crazy world we’re living in, crime fiction and drama are excellent vehicles to explore real issues.


  2. Seija says:

    Any idea which countries in Scandinavia and Europe will show the first episode of Bridge IIII on New Year’s Day? I’ve been googling to find out information about that but haven’t succeeded. It would be interesting to know, just out of curiosity. So far I know, it’ll be shown in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and …?


    1. Charlotte Carling says:

      Based on somewhat old info from DR (which also included the UK) Greenland, Faroe Islands, Norway, Åland, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg. Maybe some more have joined in by now. Basically countries that subtitle. Dubbing requires more time.


      1. Seija says:

        Thanks, CC, for the info. It’s just as I expected, most of Scandinavia and some northern European countries, then.


      2. Charlotte Carling says:

        Yes, the obvious ones really. Actually, I just realised that of course Germany doesn’t subtitle tv-shows. ZDF will have dubbed it.


  3. Joe Matula says:

    All you people are so concerned about when you can see these programs–I live in the United States and it is often a year or so before I can watch them.


    1. Charlotte Carling says:

      It’s a testament to the popularity of the series, I guess.


      1. Andy D says:

        Exactly, and the community that’s built up around it. It would have been great to be all on the same schedule for this final season but there we go. And Joe – Americans definitely are the most patient audience for international TV show broadcasts but think of all those great terrestrial shows you get before we do!


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