As Britain’s Killing-inspired obsession with Scandinavian dramas continues, The Bridge – a Danish-Swedish co-production – introduces us to the new Sarah Lund, Saga Noren, a Swedish detective with character traits bordering on the autistic.
In an interview in the new issue of Radio Times, actress Sofia Helin, who plays Noren, says she’s “surprised” by how Britain has embraced Scandinavian dramas but reveals we’re in luck – there are plenty more to come…
“When I was shooting The Bridge, I counted 13 different Swedish crime productions,” says Helin. “It’s an explosion, and obviously we are very good at it.”
Below is our pick of the Scandi-crime series coming your way soon. For Alison Graham’s full interview with Helin, more on her fascinating new detective, and to find out what the Danes and the Swedes really think of each other, get the new issue of Radio Times, on sale now…
The Bridge – BBC4, Saturday 21 April
A grisly discovery on the Oresund Bridge, which links Denmark and Sweden, brings together cops Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia) and Saga Noren (Sofia Helin) – one from each country – in pursuit of a politically driven serial killer.
Finally the Scandinavian television crime wave reaches Norway. Sopranos actor Steve Van Zandt plays a New York gangster relocated there after testifying against the Mob. Being a good boy proves hard for the bad boy.
Sebastian Bergman BBC4
This Swedish two-parter introduces a wilful, abrasive, grieving profiler (Rolf Lassgard, who played the original Swedish Wallander). One week he solves the murder of a 15-year-old boy, the next he catches a serial killer. Think Gladiator meets Wire in the Blood.
The Killing III BBC4
It will break hearts worldwide, but this series will be the last. Following the murder of a young sailor, Sarah Lund finds herself wading through the murky business of the financial world. Thankfully, the jumper will be on hand to help.
The Killing US series two C4
Many viewers of this American copy – sorry, “interpretation” – were furious when the killer wasn’t revealed at the end of the last series. This time Rosie Larsen’s murderer will be unmasked. Promise. Due to return end of April/beginning of May.
Kenneth Branagh returns with the English version of the Swedish classic. This time there are three dramas based on Henning Mankell’s novels and, for the first time, a short story. Don’t expect a smile in any of them.
Yes, more episodes are in the pipeline but sadly not until next year. How could a drama about Danish coalition politics be such a hit? Look no further than its spellbinding star, Sidse Babett Knudsen, as PM Birgitte Nyborg Christensen.
The new issue of Radio Times, featuring cover star the new Sarah Lund, is on sale now