The Bridge is currently filming in Sweden and Denmark and it’s very exciting really – we’re starting to get little drips of news filtering through from the set as the show gears up for its New Year’s Day transmission day (in northern Europe and the Nordic regions, at least). The news today is that Danish actor Mikael Birkkjær – who we all know and love from shows like The Killing and Borgen – has joined the cast of series four.
Wouldn’t you just bloody know it? It was my birthday when this news broke and I was out and about doing birthday-like things, so I was away from the computer and missed the news that the much-anticipated fourth – and last – series of The Bridge will indeed transmit in 2018 (my prediction that we’d see it in 2017 was off, but just by one day!) in an event-like slot on an event-like day in its native Sweden.
As we all know, anything Bridge-related automatically gets posted on this site, and the latest piece of news – well, it isn’t really news… it’s more of an insight into the writing processes of creator Hans Rosenfeldt – saw the show’s creator take time out from the fourth series of The Bridge and series two of ITV’s Marcella to appear on a Swedish chatshow to chat about his craft.
As readers of this site will know, I like to keep a close eye on what’s happening in Scandinavia and the Nordic countries because they’re regularly coming up with oustanding drama, especially in the crime genre. One of the more notable production companies in Sweden, Filmlance, can number The Bridge and Beck as two of its international hits, and now news reaches us it has acquired the rights to a new novel, which sounds like it could be sure-fire hit. Fredrik Backman’s latest novel Beartown is the story in question. So what’s it all about?
It’s a busy time of year, for lots of different reasons. Not only are we preparing our end of year lists, but things are gearing up for 2017’s new releases. One of the things we’re keeping an eye on is progress with the fourth (and likely final) series of The Bridge. It’s one of our favourite shows and ever since Hans Rosenfeldt announced that there would indeed be a fourth series, the countdown has been on. Now, thanks to our eagle-eyed contributor Charlotte, we know that it has started filming.
I did promise two Hans Rosenfeldt-related stories today, except this one took longer to produce because today turned into a busy old day. Earlier there was a story that detailed Rosenfeldt confirming a second series of ITV’s Marcella (read that here), and during the past few days the Swedish showrunner has also been speaking about series four of The Bridge, mere days after broadcaster STV had confirmed a fourth run. What he said makes for interesting reading.
So, after three weeks of a fixture per day we finally came to the end of the road in the Euro 2016 Of Crime Drama yesterday. The final saw Sweden’s The Bridge take on Denmark’s The Killing, those titans of Scandinavian crime drama, and, as predicted, the two locked horns in an epic contest. Click over the jump to see who was victorious.