Unlike his troubled detectives, Hans Rosenfeldt is very laid-back.
We’re supposed to be talking about his ITV drama Marcella – which is out on DVD today – but he doesn’t seem to mind in the slightest when I immediately digress and enquire whether a fourth series of The Bridge is definitely happening.
The answer is: very probably. “The final decision hasn’t been taken yet but everything is in place,” he says. “I guess they will push the button in the next few days.”
In fact, he’s already begun writing it and hasn’t ruled out the return of Saga’s first partner Martin Rohde, who languished in jail for the whole of the last series.
“You should never say never. We won’t bring back Martin for nostalgia. If we bring him back, it’s because we think it’s the best thing for the story. We’ll see. You never know.”
In the meantime, Hans has plenty of recommendations for Nordic Noir devotees planning a pilgrimage to Saga’s home, Malmö. It turns out that it’s much prettier than it looks on television.
“We have a rule that we don’t really want to show any exteriors older than 1960. So we deliberately avoid the old town because the houses were very cute. We don’t want cute. We want to create a cold and hostile feeling. So we’re not really very good for the tourists!”
If he writes another English-language series though, he fancies a change from gritty cities:
“I’d go the opposite way altogether and put it somewhere very remote like the highlands of Scotland or Newfoundland in Canada. That would be fun because you could work with nature. Big cities can be visually stunning but it’s also good to have vast areas of nothing to shoot in.”
Read on for Hans’s favourite spots in Malmö and his home, Stockholm…
I usually stay in a very nice hotel located in the city centre, Mäster Johan. Friendly, very professional staff, great service with big and personalised rooms.
For fine dining in the old town, but very relaxed, informal service: Vollmers. You need to book in advance.
Also in the old town (close to Mäster Johan) is Laroche Wine and Tapas. Friendly atmosphere and classic spanish dishes as well as their own invention. Something for everyone.
The Turning Torso skyscraper is located in the West Harbour
The neighbourhood where Saga lives is called Västra Hamnen (West Harbour). If you walk behind the Turning Torso, you come to the beach where there are wooden bathhouses on poles out in the water. That’s one of my favourite places to walk.
Kungsparken (King’s Park) behind the city library is also very nice and close to Malmöhus Slott (Malmöhus Castle).
Not in the city centre, but an easy taxi ride away; Restaurang Bockholmen is situated right next to the water. Great food, great surroundings, in the summer big outdoor area and kids can run around.
The amusement park Gröna Lund on Djurgården, an island in central Stockholm
The café in my absolute favourite museum in Stockholm, Fotografiska Museet (Museum of Photography), has good food and a stunning view. You eat looking out over Djurgården – which I really recommend for a day of walking.
Il Tempo. Good, well made Italian food in a small corner restaurant on “Söder”, the trendiest part of the city. Or as the owner describes it: “A New York-Italian-modern-rustic-fine-simple-ristorante.”
If you want vegan food, why not visit the best vegan restaurant in Sweden –Lao Wai. Even a meat-eater like me just has to love it. Truly great food.
Marcella arrives on digital download and DVD on 20th June from Universal Pictures (UK)
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