The tentacles of Swedish series, The Bridge, are still extending far and wide, it seems, even after the show’s final, fourth series ended last year. So far we’ve had Bridge spin-off series in the UK, the US and across Asia. Now we have another European series that takes its cue from Hans Rosenfeldt’s global success.
Der Pass (Pagan Peak) is an eight-part series produced by Epo-Films for Sky Germany, and numbers Dark’s Max Wiedemann and Quirin Berg as producers.
The story has subtle but intriguing differences to the original Bridge (as it should): when a gruesomely staged body is found exactly at the German-Austrian border in the Alps, both countries are sending one detective each to investigate. For German detective Ellie Stocker (Julia Jentsch), this is the first real challenge of her career; her Austrian counterpart Gedeon Winter (Nicholas Ofczarek) though seems to have lost any ambitions in his job. Very soon they find more crime scenes with symbolically posed victims. Ellie finds herself under increasing pressure to understand the killer’s motives so she can stop him. The hunt leads them ever deeper in the dark valleys and archaic Alpine customs – and the paranoid world of the killer.
No word on whether Sky has picked this up for the UK yet, but the fact it’s airing on Sky Germany (like Babylon Berlin did) means that it’ll be a pretty good bet it’ll appear here at some point in the future.
Mismatched detectives solving crime in the stunning Alps? Definitely count us in for this one.