(the former title is Swedish and the latter Danish), known in English-speaking markets as The Bridge
, is a Nordic Noir
thriller co-produced by the national TV companies of Denmark and Sweden. The first series was shown in its native countries in 2011, and in 2012 followed Forbrydelsen
in the UK. A second season has been confirmed in Scandinavia for a late 2013 release. An American remake
premiered in 2013 on FX, with the action taking place on the US/Mexico border. UK cable channel Sky
Atlantic has produced a remake with Canal in 2013 called The Tunnel
, set in the UK/France.
The series begins when a body (two halves of two separate womens' bodies
) is discovered on the Øresund bridge that links Copenhagen (Denmark
) with Malmö (Sweden
), carefully dumped at the exact point where the bridge is divided by the international border. As a result, the two cities' police forces are forced to collaborate
on the investigation, led by Saga Norén (Sweden) and Martin Rohde (Denmark). Threatening messages are then received by the police and media, from somebody purporting to have committed the murders to draw attention to social problems.
In the second season, Martin and Saga are reunited when the discovery of a Ghost Ship
turns out to be the first in a series of attacks by a group of apparent ecoterrorists.
Because of the events of the second series finale, in which Martin possibly murders an antagonist and potentially puts a Danish storyline out of play for a while
, it was rumored that a possible third season will involve a detective from Norway. This was busted; the show will feature another Danish detective following Kim Bodnia's decision not return for a third season
This series provides examples of: