The Bridge: Everything you need to know about the fourth and final series of the Swedish-Danish crime drama starring Sofia Helin
The Bridge is back for a final series in its brand new home on BBC Two.
The Danish-Swedish thriller has taken the country by storm with Nordic Noir has becoming increasingly popular all over Europe. But now it’s time to bid a tearful goodbye to policewoman Saga Noren after years on screen.
We’ve laughed, we’ve cried and we’ve been left bereft by the crime drama but, like all good Sagas, it’s time to countdown to the end.
Ahead of the fourth series opener, here is everything you need to know about The Bridge…
What is The Bridge?
The cross-country crime drama first hit screens in 2011 when Saga Noren – played by Sofia Helin – and Martin Rohde – Kim Bodnia – were united in a case after finding a severed body at the halfway point of the Øresund Bridge.
The crimes crossing the border have been key throughout the series but the programme, created by Hans Rosenfeldt with lead writer Camilla Ahlgren, prides itself on exploring issues prevalent in society such as gender divisions, terrorism and immigration.
It is filmed in Malmö, Sweden and Copenhagen, Denmark.
Who is in the cast?
Sofia Helin has played Saga Noren since the very beginning, with her character – who is believed to have Asperger’s Syndrome – becoming an unlikely heroin for all.
Saga’s professional partner for the first two series, Martin, bowed out of the cast at the end of the second series with his character ending up behind bars and Bodnia citing numerous reasons for moving on, one being rising anti-Semitism in Sweden.
In the third series we met Henrik Sabroe – played by Thure Lindhardt – who, as well as being a good copper, held a secret of his own – he was searching for his missing children. Him and Saga grew close, professionally and romantically, and the two will work together for one final time during the last series.
What is series four about?
Series four begins with a government official who has been stoned to death between the two countries, falling under both jurisdictions. The detectives will be forced to work together for one final case, all while dealing with their own personal issues and events.
Saga begins the series in jail, having been imprisoned following her mother’s death at the end of the third run of episodes. Of this, Helin told the Standard that her character’s identity is “taken away” which leads her to a more “unstable place” than we may be used to finding Saga.
The 46-year-old actress said she is “most proud” of this series, adding: “The viewer follows her through a process where she’s getting more aware of who she is and her choices in life. She’s going to develop quite a lot in that sense through the series.”
Helin also revealed that the series is a lot about “personal stories” and that the viewer will learn more about their favourite Swedish police officer.
When is The Bridge on?
Series four of The Bridge begins on Friday 11 May at 9pm on BBC Two. All past episodes of the drama are available to watch on BBC iPlayer for the next month