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The Bridge: Live web chat with Hans Rosenfeldt

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Hans Rosenfeldt is the lead writer and co-creator of Danish/Swedish crime thriller, The Bridge.

He will be answering questions live in the comments below after the series two double bill finale on BBC Four.

The comments will open before shortly the web chat starts at 11pm on Saturday, 1 February and will finish at midnight. Hans won’t be able to answer every question submitted and we also ask that questions and comments fall under our house rules.

So get your questions ready as Saga and Martin race against the clock to prevent a disaster.

Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) and Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia)

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  • Comment number 676. Posted by Hans Rosenfeldt

    on 2 Feb 2014 11:54

    Ok. Got to go.
    Once again; thank you so much for your question, your interest, your engagement and the love you'd showed our series.
    It means a lot to me.
    Thanks and have a wonderful Sunday.

    All the best
    Hans

  • Comment number 675. Posted by Hans Rosenfeldt

    on 2 Feb 2014 11:50

    Really, really the last one...

    Why does Saga keep unfastening her trousers? Is she pregnant?

    No, she just likes to unbutton her pants now and then.

  • Comment number 674. Posted by Hans Rosenfeldt

    on 2 Feb 2014 11:47

    New questions:

    - Who originally thought of the concept/idea of The Bridge?

    - The start of each new series centres around the actual bridge spanning the straight between Copenhagen and Malmo. Would you consider a different bridge in a future series connecting countries other than Denmark/Sweden?

    - I know that Kim and Sofia are in London right now for Nordicana. Did they take in the UK ambience by watching the double-episode aired on BBC9 last night?

    - Are there any international broadcasters currently interested in franchising the idea to produce their own versions of The Bridge?


    Previous questions corrected for spelling mistakes:

    - I'm going to miss Pernille. However, I'm willing to suspend reality if you re-incarnate her for series 3.

    - The pathologist guy was an interesting character in series 2. I'd like it if he could be developed further in 3?

    - A film version?

    - Have the off-screen real lives of the actors and others involved in production changed (for the better) in any way since the success of the programme?


    Ok, last one.
    1. It was me together with two of my colleagues back in 2006. They left the show the year after before we got it green-lit and I stayed on, so now it's pretty much mine :)

    2. Right now we're not considering another bridge or other countries, but you'll never know. Everything is possible.

    3. I have no idea what Kim and Sofia were doing last night. I'm in rainy Stockholm.

    4. We had two remakes done. One between US and Mexico (The Bridge US) and one between UK and France (The Tunnel) At least the US version will get a second season.

    5. Sorry, the dead stay dead.

    6. We love him too. Hopefully we'll find more for him to do the next series.

    7. No film in the pipeline.

    8. I can't speak for the others but for me The Bridge have meant much more traveling, a little more money and much better self esteem.

  • Comment number 670. Posted by Hans Rosenfeldt

    on 2 Feb 2014 11:36

    How did the cast and crew find working in both Swedish and Danish? Did you need translators on hand?!

    It worked really well. We do understand each other if we have to so no translator was needed. We have four different scripts though. One all Swedish, one all Danish, one with Danish lines in Danish and Swedish in Swedish with all the scene directions (is that even a word) in Danish and one just the same but with al the scene directions in Swedish. So there is some translation involved... :)

  • Comment number 668. Posted by Hans Rosenfeldt

    on 2 Feb 2014 11:30

    Morning genius x we think while Saga is a true cop she will be the one to save him because he is her only friend???? PLEASE ANSWER XX

    Morning to you too.
    If I answer that it would be a huge spoiler and we can't have that, so sorry. You'll have to wait and see what happens.

  • Comment number 666. Posted by Hans Rosenfeldt

    on 2 Feb 2014 11:26

    Hi Hans

    Another wonderful series and thank you for taking the time to answer all these questions.

    I believe you mentioned that you work with other writers on the series - are they allowed freedom to create their own red herrings?
    You also mentioned that young writers are sometimes allowed to write parallel scripts - has this been the case on the Bridge and if so, were any of their ideas or sub-plots adopted?
    What other personal projects are you working on - is crime your preferred genre?

    Hi and thanks.
    No, the writers are not allowed to come with their own red herrings. But most of the writers have also been involved in working with the storyline and there everybody is welcome to come up with ideas. The more the better.

    We had no shadowriting on The Bridge unfortunately. It's a good way to find new talent.

    Yes, crime is my preferred genre. I'm currently writing my fourth novel, adapting two books for television and developing two more shows that hopefully will go into production next year (at least one of them) + writing series three of The Bridge of course.

    Tak R

  • Comment number 665. Posted by Hans Rosenfeldt

    on 2 Feb 2014 11:20

    This was an excellent series with what could and should have been a cracking climax. But your researchers need sacking for not telling you that viruses need cells with nuclei in order to replicate and red blood cells don't have nuclei.........

    Hmm... Sorry about that. The one that should be fired is me Im afraid. And somebody writing a page on viruses on Internet where I got the idea for this scenario. Won't happen again...

  • Comment number 664. Posted by mouseski9

    on 2 Feb 2014 11:18

    Hi Hans

    Another wonderful series and thank you for taking the time to answer all these questions.

    I believe you mentioned that you work with other writers on the series - are they allowed freedom to create their own red herrings?
    You also mentioned that young writers are sometimes allowed to write parallel scripts - has this been the case on the Bridge and if so, were any of their ideas or sub-plots adopted?
    What other personal projects are you working on - is crime your preferred genre?

    Tak R

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  • Comment number 663. Posted by Hans Rosenfeldt

    on 2 Feb 2014 11:16

    Hi Hans.

    Thanks for taking the time to do this webchat.

    In the series it's never been mentioned that Saga has Aspergers. I've read that Sophia has researched Aspergers in order for her to play Saga convincingly, but was this merely an acting choice to enable to her to better understand the motivations and actions of Saga, or was it something that was discussed as a basis for Saga's character traits before filming began?

    Congratulations on a brilliant set of series. I was looking at the BARB ratings and according to the figures released to date, The Bridge has the 5th to 8th highest ratings since the station started in 2002. all those above it were one off programs. Congratulations to you and all the team that work on the show. For a program that isn't in English in an English speaking country, that is quite a remarkable achievement.

    Tak ll Tack

    Hello Mr Dancing Gecko.

    It's true that we never given Saga a diagnose in the series. When we created the character (more about that in a blog-post on this site) we just did her "a female police officer with no social skills."
    As we continued our work and when our first director came in, she said that this woman must be somewhere on the autistic scale and I know that Sofia did some research about Aspergers but that was a way for her to get into the character, not something we discussed.
    The reason we've never diagnosed her in the series is that we want to be totally free with the character. If we state that she has Aspergers we have to be much more careful with what we can and cannot do in order not to offend anyone or get it wrong.

    Yes, the viewing numbers i UK are fantastic. I am so happy that you've taken the show to your hearts.

  • Comment number 662. Posted by olivia

    on 2 Feb 2014 11:11

    Morning genius x we think while Saga is a true cop she will be the one to save him because he is her only friend???? PLEASE ANSWER XX

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