The Bridge returns for its final crossing
The Bridge has helped redefine television drama in recent years and it is fitting that its final series will be showcased on BBC Two.Patrick Holland, Channel Controller of BBC Two
The final series of the critically acclaimed hit Swedish/Danish language drama The Bridge will air on the BBC in 2018, it was announced today. The series – which is BBC Four’s highest ever rating drama – was acquired from ZDF Enterprises and will air next year, this time on BBC Two.
Sofia Helin and Thure Lindhart reprise their roles as the iconic Saga and her innately talented Danish partner, Henrik, in a heart-stopping concluding case that tests their very special relationship to its limits both professionally and personally.
Anders Landstrom, producer of The Bridge, says: “It is obviously very sad to say goodbye to Saga after four incredible seasons, but our talented writers, Hans and Camilla have an extraordinary end in store for viewers. Sofia has played the role of Saga with a rawness and truth rarely seen on screen and it’s been a pleasure to work with her, and Thure on a series of which we are immensely proud.”
Writer Hans Rosenfeldt and Camilla Ahlgren say: “We’ve been on an amazing journey with Saga Norén and Henrik Sabroe and felt that there was one last thrilling story to tell. Set two years on from last series, Saga is coming to terms with the dire consequences of being accused of her mother’s murder when a macabre crime seemingly linked to migration takes place. Meanwhile, Henrik continues his desperate search for his children."
Patrick Holland, Channel Controller of BBC Two says: “It is great to see this fantastic series back and on BBC Two. The Bridge has helped redefine television drama in recent years and it is fitting that its final series will be showcased on BBC Two.”
Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition says: “It is bittersweet to welcome The Bridge back for the last time, but I know that the incredibly talented cast and production team will ensure that the series ends on a high, as befits one of the greatest TV dramas ever.”
Lars Blomgren, Chairman, Scripted Exchange Endemol Shine Group, and co-founder and Managing Director of Filmlance International says “I’m incredibly proud of how Bron (The Bridge) has captured the imagination of audiences worldwide. Its very distinctive brand of Scandi Noir has arguably been instrumental in changing attitudes towards foreign language drama around the world. “
The series is a Scandinavian co-production, produced in Sweden by Filmlance International, part of Endemol Shine Group and in Denmark by Nimbus Film. It has been adapted in six territories including the UK, USA and France.
The Bridge proved a breakout hit in Scandinavia, with the previous series being The Bridge’s highest rated yet.