The Bridge (Danish/Swedish TV series)

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The Bridge

Series one DVD for the Australian release
Also known asBron, Broen
GenreSerial crime drama, thriller
Created byHans Rosenfeldt (no/sv)
Written byHans Rosenfeldt (sv)
StarringSofia Helin
Kim Bodnia
Dag Malmberg
Ellen Hillingsø
Puk Scharbau (da/no)
Composer(s)Johan Söderqvist (de/sv)
Patrik Andrén
Uno Helmersson
Country of originSweden
Denmark
Original language(s)Swedish
Danish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producer(s)Stefan Baron
Klaus Bassiner
Tomas Eskilsson
Wolfgang Feindt
Tone Rønning
Producer(s)Gunnar Carlsson
Bo Ehrhardt
Anders Landström
Editor(s)Sofia Lindgren
Kristofer Nordin
Margareta Lagerqvist
Location(s)Malmö, Sweden
Copenhagen, Denmark
Running time58 minutes
Production company(s)Nimbus Film
Filmlance International
DistributorZDF
Broadcast
Original channelSVT1, DR1
Original run21 September 2011 (2011-09-21) – present
External links

[http://www.dr.dk/dr1/broen

http://www.svt.se/bron Website]
 
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The Bridge

Series one DVD for the Australian release
Also known asBron, Broen
GenreSerial crime drama, thriller
Created byHans Rosenfeldt (no/sv)
Written byHans Rosenfeldt (sv)
StarringSofia Helin
Kim Bodnia
Dag Malmberg
Ellen Hillingsø
Puk Scharbau (da/no)
Composer(s)Johan Söderqvist (de/sv)
Patrik Andrén
Uno Helmersson
Country of originSweden
Denmark
Original language(s)Swedish
Danish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producer(s)Stefan Baron
Klaus Bassiner
Tomas Eskilsson
Wolfgang Feindt
Tone Rønning
Producer(s)Gunnar Carlsson
Bo Ehrhardt
Anders Landström
Editor(s)Sofia Lindgren
Kristofer Nordin
Margareta Lagerqvist
Location(s)Malmö, Sweden
Copenhagen, Denmark
Running time58 minutes
Production company(s)Nimbus Film
Filmlance International
DistributorZDF
Broadcast
Original channelSVT1, DR1
Original run21 September 2011 (2011-09-21) – present
External links

[http://www.dr.dk/dr1/broen

http://www.svt.se/bron Website]

The Bridge (Danish: Broen; Swedish: Bron) is a Scandinavian crime drama television series, co-produced by Sveriges Television and Danmarks Radio as well as ZDF, two series of which have so far been completed. The first series started with a police investigation following the discovery of a dead body on the Øresund Bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark. It was first broadcast on SVT1 and DR1 during the autumn of 2011.

The Bridge was the first joint creative and financed production between Sweden and Denmark. It was created and written by Hans Rosenfeldt.[1]

The second series aired in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland over ten weeks from 22 September to 24 November 2013,[2][3][4] and began airing in the United Kingdom on BBC Four from 4 January 2014.[5]

Series one[edit]

Plot[edit]

What appears to be the body of a female Swedish politician is discovered in the middle of the Øresund Bridge, which connects Copenhagen in Denmark with Malmö in Sweden. The body, cut in half at the waist, has been placed precisely on the border between the countries, thus falling under the jurisdiction of both the Danish and Swedish police agencies. After further examination, it turns out that the body is that of two separate corpses, with one half belonging to a Danish prostitute. Saga Norén, from the Swedish side, and Martin Rohde, from the Danish, lead the investigation to catch the murderer.[6][7]

The investigation quickly escalates as a journalist, Daniel Ferbé, whose car was used in the crime, begins receiving phone calls. The caller, who becomes known as the "Truth Terrorist", claims to be committing his crimes in order to draw attention to various social problems. A social worker, Stefan Lindberg, whose sister becomes a victim of the Truth Terrorist, becomes an early suspect. However, events soon lead the Danish and Swedish teams to conclude that the killer has connections to the police.

In the course of the investigation, Martin and Saga develop a close working relationship, although they are very different people. Martin has an eighteen-year old son from his first marriage, August, who is now living with Martin and his current wife, Mette, by whom Martin has three children; after Martin has had a vasectomy, Mette discovers that she is expecting twins. Saga lives alone and does not seem to feel she needs a serious relationship, instead picking up men in bars for casual sex. She appears to have symptoms consistent with Asperger's syndrome (although her condition is never explicitly named), resulting in difficulty establishing relationships and feelings of inadequacy in managing people; she refuses promotion for this latter reason.

After the killer has murdered several people, his true motivation begins to seem personal.[8] They discover that the crimes have been planned over a period of several years. The trail eventually leads them to Jens, a Danish policeman and former close friend of Martin's, who was thought to have committed suicide after an accident on the bridge caused the deaths of his wife and son. Jens, now calling himself Sebastian Sandstrod, now begins acting against Martin, having learned of Martin's affair with his late wife. He first approaches Mette, who is susceptible to his advances as a result of learning that Martin has slept with Charlotte Söringer, a woman who is peripherally involved in the investigation. Sebastian lures Mette and her children to a remote spot where he subjects them to a terrifying ordeal, locking them in a room and giving her a hand grenade with its pin removed to hold as long as she can. However, Saga realises that August is the real target. The investigation culminates in a confrontation on the bridge, where she cannot help but tell Martin what happened to August and has to fire at him in order to prevent him destroying his career by killing Sebastian, the killer's final intention.

Cast[edit]

Main
Recurring

Series one episodes[edit]

Series one consisted of ten episodes. Each episode is 60 minutes in length. They were first broadcast on Wednesday nights at 8pm in Denmark and 9pm in Sweden.

Ratings
Ep. Denmark Sweden United Kingdom
First
broadcast
(DR1)
Official TNS Gallup
ratings[9]
First
broadcast
(SVT1)
Official MMS
ratings
First
broadcast
(BBC Four)
Official BARB
UK ratings
12011-09-28876,000 + 108,000 DR HD2011-09-211,030,000[10]2012-04-211,262,000 (excl. BBC HD)
22011-10-05660,000 + 128,000 DR HD2011-09-28970,000[11]2012-04-211,093,000 (excl. BBC HD)
32011-10-12712,000 + 57,000 DR HD2011-10-05787,000[12]2012-04-281,020,000 (excl. BBC HD)
42011-10-19589,000 + 79,000 DR HD2011-10-12865,000[13]2012-04-28890,000 (excl. BBC HD)
52011-10-26652,000 + 86,000 DR HD2011-10-19925,000[14]2012-05-051,084,000 + 102,000 BBC HD
62011-11-02668,000 + 48,000 DR HD2011-10-26915,000[15]2012-05-05858,000 + 118,000 BBC HD
72011-11-09668,0000 + 71,000 DR HD2011-11-02834,000[12]2012-05-121,040,000 + 100,000 BBC HD
82011-11-16610,000 + 120,000 DR HD2011-11-09880,000[16]2012-05-12930,000 + 127,000 BBC HD
92011-11-23803,000 + 89,000 DR HD2011-11-16945,000[17]2012-05-191,190,000 + 112,000 BBC HD
102011-11-23803,000 + 89,000 DR HD2011-11-23935,000[18]2012-05-191,110,000 (excl. BBC HD)

The first airing of the series was screened on Sweden's SVT1 weekly from Wednesday 21 September 2011 at 21.00. Denmark's DR1 followed a week later in their 20.00 slot every Wednesday. By screening the final episode immediately after episode 9, DR1 managed to screen episode 10 simultaneously with SVT1.

On several occasions, The Bridge failed to have sufficient viewers to be placed in SVT1's weekly Top 10 programmes. This was mainly due to competition from commercial broadcaster TV4 with their offering gaining over a million viewers. In Sweden, The Bridge won its timeslot for the first five episodes against weak competition from Hawaii Five-0 on TV4. From episode 6, it aired against the popular reality show Berg flyttar in (sv), which would beat The Bridge until the final episode, when they virtually tied.

International distribution[edit]

Sveriges Television reported that up to November 2013, the first series had been purchased for broadcasting in 134 countries worldwide.[19] In the UK, the series was shown in weekly two-episode blocks on BBC Four and BBC HD from 21 April 2012.[6] In Germany, it was shown by broadcaster ZDF from 18 March 2012.[20] In Poland, the series was broadcast in double episodes from 2 May to 30 May 2012 on Ale Kino+. In Brazil, the series premiered on +Globosat channel on 13 August 2012 at 22h. The series premiered in Australia on Wednesday, 5 September 2012 on SBS Two,[21] where the first episode had overnight ratings of 101,000 viewers.[22] It was also screened in Israel on September 30 on HOT VoD. On January 9, 2014 it also started screening on yes VoD with both series 1 and 2 available. Co-producers NRK screened the series in Norway with audiences in excess of 600,000 viewers. NRK are also keen to participate in the production of the second series.[23] In Ireland, the show will air on TG4 beginning in autumn 2013.[24]

Series two[edit]

Series two started shooting in October 2012, and began to air in Denmark and Sweden on Sunday 22 September 2013 (20.00 in Denmark and 21.00 in Sweden).[25]

Plot[edit]

The second series starts thirteen months after the end of the first series. A coaster veers off course and rams into the Øresund Bridge. Saga arrives on the scene and finds the ship deserted save for five people – three Swedish and two Danish – chained below deck. Saga arranges to have Martin assigned to the case. After the victims on the coaster die from pneumonic plague, a viral video appears in which four disguised eco-terrorists claim responsibility for the incident. They embark on further attacks, including blowing up a petrol tanker and distributing poisoned food. As the police close in on the group, they are all found dead in a shipping container, thus raising the question of whether there are other terrorist cells or a larger group.

The keynote speaker of an upcoming EU climate conference is one of those killed by poisoning. Caroline Brandstrup-Julin, the head of the conference, appoints Victoria Nordgren, head of the Medisonus pharmaceutical company, as his replacement. While arranging the congress, Caroline's sister Bodil arranges to have her sister meet up with a gigolo called Claudio as a birthday gift. Caroline invites him to her home, but backs out when he makes his advances. Bodil is asked by Oliver Nordgren, Victoria's brother and an executive at Medisonus, whether she would be willing to write Victoria's biography; Victoria has been diagnosed with an incurable disease and has about six months to live.

Meanwhile, during the retrieval of a sunken boat, seven corpses are found inside. The owner of the boat is Marcus Stenberg, the same person who owned the coaster. The investigation discovers the identities of the dead and finds that some of them had previously been volunteers in medical studies undertaken by Medisonus, but who had gone missing. Further attacks take place; Claudio is found poisoned in a Copenhagen park and the plague is released in a scheduled passenger plane out of Copenhagen. Saga and Martin question Gertrud Kofoed, Oliver's wife and a chief scientist at Medisonus. The company's security chief tells them that a possible industrial spy gained access to their headquarters.

Bodil and Victoria meet to discuss the content of the biography. Oliver, who lives in the house next to his sister and has secretly installed cameras in her house, watches them make love. When Victoria asks Oliver to keep out of her life, he confesses that he is responsible for the eco-terrorist acts. When he tries to kill her, Gertrud arrives to save Victoria and kills Oliver. The police assume that Oliver acted alone as the ringleader of the plot, but Saga then turns up further evidence that there must be at least one more accomplice.

A pathologist shows that two of the dead bodies contain a deadly virus; Saga and Martin suspect that Gertrud developed the virus and infected Victoria with the intent of spreading it at the EU conference. Attempts to reach a dying Victoria result in the death of a policewoman, Pernille, but the police manage to contain the virus and keep the conference safe. Gertrud drives to a secluded warehouse where she shoots a video confessing her actions, but is executed by a silhouetted figure for the failure of her plot.[26]

Martin's life had been getting back in order since the death of his son August, even working out the trauma by visiting his son's killer Jens Hansen in prison. But Martin's wife Mette then announces that their marriage is over. Feeling that Jens was ultimately responsible for this, he makes a final visit to him and secretly poisons him. When Saga hears about Jens' suspected suicide, she suspects Martin. After she finds the evidence, the series ends with Martin being arrested and taken away by the police.

Cast[edit]

Main
Recurring

Series two episodes[edit]

Ep.First broadcast
Denmark and Sweden (DR1/SVT1)
Danish ratings
(TNS Gallup)[27]
Swedish ratings
(MMS)
First broadcast
UK (BBC Four)
UK Overnight ratingsOfficial BARB
UK ratings
122 September 2013818,0001,287,0004 January 20141,100,0001,509,000
229 September 2013908,0001,232,0004 January 2014830,0001,347,000
36 October 2013871,0001,105,00011 January 2014950,0001,491,000
413 October 2013854,0001,290,00011 January 2014830,0001,361,000
520 October 2013924,0001,237,00018 January 20141,508,000
627 October 2013940,0001,205,00018 January 20141,491,000
73 November 20131,125,0001,318,00025 January 2014973,000
810 November 2013920,0001,163,00025 January 2014831,000
917 November 2013989,0001,243,000
1024 November 20131,088,0001,367,000

International distribution[edit]

Episodes are also aired close to the Danish/Swedish premiere in the other Nordic countries. Finland's YLE TV1 air new episodes as simulcasts with SVT1.[28] Norway's NRK1 and Iceland's RÚV air episodes the following day, with the first episode airing there on 23 September.[29]

It was shown in the United Kingdom on BBC Four on the 4 January 2014, as with the first series, in two episode blocks at 21:00 and 22:00.[30]

Series three[edit]

The writer of the show, Hans Rosenfeldt, revealed in January 2014 that he is writing series three, with a return of most of the main cast, including Martin.[31]

Soundtrack[edit]

The opening and closing music is "Hollow Talk" by Choir of Young Believers from Copenhagen, Denmark. Josh Groban has since recorded a cover version of the track.

Remakes[edit]

United States[edit]

In late July 2012, US network FX ordered a pilot episode to be made of the series for an American audience. It is set in the US and Mexico, between El Paso and Juarez, and the discovery of a body on the border of the two countries sets the story in motion. Meredith Stiehm who has previously worked on Cold Case and Elwood Reid of Hawaii Five-0 are involved in the production.[32] The series stars Diane Kruger as U.S. Detective Sonya Cross, Demián Bichir as Mexican Detective Marco Ruiz, Annabeth Gish, Thomas M. Wright and Ted Levine.

On 12 February 2013, Deadline.com announced that FX had picked up drama series The Bridge for a 13-episode order. It began filming in April and premiered on 10 July 2013, the 13-episode first series airing until 2 October.[33] On 24 September 2013, FX renewed the American version of The Bridge for a 13-episode second series to air in 2014.[34]

British and French[edit]

In January 2013, sister production companies Kudos and Shine France announced a joint Franco-British production called “The Tunnel”.[35] The programme's premise concerns the murder of a French politician in the middle of the Channel Tunnel between France and Great Britain.[36] It began airing in October 2013, on Sky Atlantic in the UK and Canal+ in France.[37]

Notes[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Borgen 2 And Broen Finish Season With Panache". www.nordiskfilmogtvfond.com. 2 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Broen – DR". dr.dk. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  3. ^ "Broen - mest populær i Norge - NRK - Kultur og underholdning". nrk.no. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  4. ^ "Silta teki Sofia Helinistä kansainvälisen tähden – Yle Uutiset – yle.fi". yle.fi. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  5. ^ "The Bridge UK - Timeline Photos – Facebook". facebook.com. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  6. ^ a b Gordon, Bryony (27 January 2012). "Borgen: Sidse Babett Knudsen interview". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  7. ^ "The Weekend's Viewing: The Bridge, Saturday, BBC4". The Independent (London). 23 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Bridge: season one, episodes seven and eight", The Guardian, 12 May 2012. Accessed 21 January 2014
  9. ^ TNS Gallup TV ratings Retrieved 2012-04-25
  10. ^ MMS Weekly Audience Report Retrieved 2012-04-25
  11. ^ MMS Weekly Audience Report Retrieved 2012-04-25
  12. ^ a b "Extract from the MMS HotTop database, consolidated viewing. Retrieved 2012-06-26
  13. ^ MMS Weekly Audience Report Retrieved 2012-04-25
  14. ^ MMS Weekly Audience Report Retrieved 2012-04-25
  15. ^ MMS Weekly Audience Report Retrieved 2012-04-25
  16. ^ MMS Weekly Audience Report Retrieved 2012-04-25
  17. ^ MMS Weekly Audience Report Retrieved 2012-04-25
  18. ^ MMS Weekly Audience Report Retrieved 2012-04-25
  19. ^ "Därför älskar hela världen "Bron", 22 November 2013". 
  20. ^ "Sendungen und TV-Programm". www.ZDF.de. 21 November 2011. 
  21. ^ "SBSTWO TV Guide for 5/09/2012". Special Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  22. ^ "Dallas is a switch off TV Tonight". Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  23. ^ "NRK vil ha mer "Broen"-krim". http://www.vg.no. 28 February 2012. 
  24. ^ TG4 - Drámaí Eorpacha
  25. ^ Østrem, Veslemøy Hedvig (6 March 2012). "Hva skal vi se på nå?". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Schibsted ASA. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  26. ^ In an on-line chat arranged by SVT immediately after the final episode, the lead writer Hans Rosenfeldt stated that it was of no significance who this shadowy person was."Chatta med seriens skapare, 25 November 2013". 
  27. ^ TNS Gallup TV ratings Retrieved 2013-11-11
  28. ^ "Silta – toinen kausi". YLE. 
  29. ^ "Saga og Martin møtes igjen". NRK. "Brúin". RÚV. Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. 
  30. ^ "BBC Four - The Bridge". BBC Online. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  31. ^ "Ekstra Bladet - Afsløring: Sådan bliver sæson 3 af 'Broen'". ekstrabladet.dk. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  32. ^ "AMC Cancels 'The Killing' While FX Orders a Pilot for a Scandinavian Remake of Its Own". http://www.indiewire.com. 30 July 2012. 
  33. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2013-02-12). "FX’s ‘The Bridge’ Picked Up To Series". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  34. ^ Seat42f. "FX Renews The Bridge". Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  35. ^ Frost, Vicky (2013-01-10). "The Bridge becomes the Tunnel in Anglo-French crime thriller remake". guardian.co.uk (London). 
  36. ^ "Battle of the Bridge babes - London Life - Life & Style - London Evening Standard". standard.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  37. ^ Jones, Ellen E. (2013-10-16). "TV review: The Tunnel, Sky Atlantic". The Independant (London). 

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