Even though series four of The Bridge has yet to hit our screens (mark May in your diaries for that), and its star Sofia Helin had bid a fond and very public farewell to Saga Norén, news reaches us that Helin has agreed to don the leather trousers and climb into the Porsche for one last time. And sensationally, The Killing’s Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl) and a host of other Scandi Noir favourites will also take part.
We’ve waited for an age for series four of The Bridge to come to the UK but there’s is light at the end of the tunnel. Or bridge. The BFI is hosting a launch in mid-April and its HQ on the Southbank in London, and a few weeks later – at the start of May we’re led to believe – series four will finally be upon us. But… for all you Bridge fanatics out there, there’s some good news…
By now pretty much the rest of Europe has been digesting the final ever episode of The Bridge, which aired in most European countries on Sunday night. It must have been an emotional moment for so many viewers – but of course, we here in the UK wouldn’t know because the fourth series has been kept from us by the BBC. We’re hearing that it’ll be ‘the spring’ when The Bridge finally makes its way over to these shores, but in the meantime, it’s goodbyes all round, not least from the star of the show herself – Sofia Helin.
We often wondered if Kim Bodnia’s Martin Rohde would make a dramatic return for the fourth and final installment of The Bridge. It would make sense to come back for one last final hurrah, and would have been a really interesting plot-point: how would Saga deal with Martin’s return when she’s now with Henrik Sabroe? And, of course, for fans of the show it would have been a real boon: we fell in love with flawed Martin as soon as he set foot onscreen, and his relationship with Saga was surely one of crime drama’s best during the past decade. Sadly, we now hear it’s definitely not happening.
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Our friends in Europe are mere hours away from series four of The Bridge (while us chumps in the UK still await confirmation of the transmission date on BBC Two). We knew that this was going to be the very last run of this outstanding Swedish series, but it still feels funny to see its star, Sofia Helin, talk about the show in the past tense. And she has been talking about it.
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.