The Bridge 4 with Sofia Helin

Programme Name: The Bridge - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Saga Norén (SOFIA HELIN) - (C) Filmlance International AB, Nimbus Film - Photographer: Jens Juncker

In a dark place – Saga Noren (Sofia Helin)

Final series of The Bridge finds Saga in a tight spot – namely, prison

★★★★

BBC2, Friday, 11 May, 9pm

BACK IN 2011, when CrimeTimePreview was launched and The Killing was thrilling British viewers, Scandi-noir was a niche hit. 

As the final series of The Bridge gets going, foreign-language dark crime is now popular enough to shift from BBC4 to BBC2. And it’s good to see the return of Saga Noren, who rivals Sarah Lund as the most charismatic of Nordic protagonists.

Actor Sofia Helin’s emotionally withdrawn detective is at her most vulnerable as the story begins. She is in prison, accused of murdering her manipulative mother. Surrounded by hostility and without her comforting routines, she is distressed.

Henrik wants Saga’s help

Her partner, Henrik Sabroe (Thure Lindhardt), visits her occasionally, but she doesn’t always want to see him. He, meanwhile, is still tortured by the disappearance of his daughters (the body of his wife was, of course, discovered in the last series).

The Bridge - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Saga Norén (SOFIA HELIN), Henrik Sabroe (THURE LINDHARDT) - (C) Filmlance International AB, Nimbus Film - Photographer: Jens Juncker

Final outing – Saga and Henrik

Henrik is also investigating a gruesome murder. The body of the head of the Danish Immigration Board has been found – where else? – near the bridge linking Denmark and Sweden.

Hans Rosenfeldt, who also wrote ITV’s underwhelming Marcella, is among the creative team once again here. Because he likes a high-concept criminal conspiracy, the murder has to be weird and disturbing. This time the victim has been buried up to her neck and stoned.

Macabre murder

Has the crime got anything to do with activists who are outraged by Immigration officers celebrating the deportation of an Iranian homosexual? Henrik, who is in love with Saga, would like her help with the case, even though she is inside awaiting an appeal. She tells him she is no longer a cop.

Will she get out? How will their unusual and difficult relationship develop if she does? And can they unravel this macabre crime?

Saga has been brilliant company for viewers since 2011. The series missed the warmth that Kim Bodnia’s character Martin brought to it before his abrupt departure at the end of series 2.

But for a character who could not show her emotions, Saga has always elicited a big-hearted wave of devotion from fans of dark Danish mysteries.

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Comments

  1. Sarah says:

    Henrik has been a great addition to the series. I don’t mis Martin at all.

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