The Bridge continues the Scandinavian trend for top-quality television crime drama
- Brian Donaldson
- 23 April 2012
The series follows in the footsteps of The Killing and Borgen
Those crazy Scandics are at it again with yet another astonishingly addictive TV drama. After the success of The Killing and Borgen, The Bridge (BBC Four, Sat, 9pm) keeps up the momentum albeit with a show that is a far more raw affair. There’s almost no one here who is good-looking enough for those other shows and The Bridge coughs up a great deal more blood, guts and disembowelling. All of which is clearly to its benefit.
Oddball Swedish cop Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) and recently vasectomised Danish investigator and troubled family man Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia) are on the joint hunt for a psycho-at-large called the Truth Terrorist. Having initially stitched together the corpses of a Swedish politician and Danish prostitute, TT has instigated the systematic culling of Malmö’s homeless (shades of Jimmy McNulty’s final season campaign in The Wire there), and is now demanding a stiff ransom while streaming online the slow death of a former merchant seaman.
It may take two or three episodes to get into the rhythm of this more sullen Scandinavian affair, but its gripping central plotline allied to seemingly unconnected threads which ultimately attach themselves to the core horror should have you begging for more. And no investigator ever goes into a dingy warehouse/dank basement/stale abattoir without some kind of back-up on hand. Take note Sarah Lund.