The Bridge Season 4 Episode 1 – The DVDfever Review

The Bridge Season 4

The Bridge Season 4: It’s back!

Yes, for me, this is the pinnacle of Nordic Noir drama. Well, this and Braquo, but that came to an end after four seasons, and this will be doing so, too. I guess there’s only so far you can go with the characters before things start repeating themselves too much. Still, it’s better to have four great seasons than four great seasons and a few rubbish ones.

Clearly a bit of time has passed since season 3, as by-the-book butter-wouldn’t-melt but slightly-crazy Saga (Sofia Helin) is in jail for bumping off her mother. While she’s in the clink, her former partner Henrik (Thure Lindhardt) is out on manoeuvres trying to piece together the brutal murder of Margarette Thormod, the female director of the Immigration Board, who was stoned to death.

Meanwhile, there’s a woman called Sofie, who, together with her son Christoffer, are having to constantly move homes forreasons which will be explained in due course; and Henrik’s cop partner, Jonas, is as homophobic as they come, since he constantly refers to one suspect as “the homo”. Don’t cops in Denmark have any diversity training, or do they take their cue from our Tory party?

I love how Saga choose pottery as a prison hobby, because it doesn’t involve interaction with other inmates, but the question everyone wants answering is, that given her situation, how will they get the band back together? Well, the connections that tie Denmark and Sweden will soon be revealed.

The Bridge theme – Choir of young Believers – ‘Hollow Talk’ with lyrics –

Oh, but what happened to the plotline teased at the end of season 3, with Henrik and Saga trying to find his young children? Well, that is also addressed in the first episode, so be patient.

In fact, the way all the strands of plot weave together – and how you can see more of them doing so in the coming episodes – is still such a joy to watch, and while there’s plenty I could say about it, I’d just be revealing how it plays out from start to finish – which would negate the point in watching it. So, on Friday night, get it watched!

The Bridge Season 4 begins this Friday on BBC2 at 9pm, so it’s had a promotion from BBC4 but, sadly, since it’s airing on a weeknight, it’s only showing at the rate of one episode per week rather than the usual two. Why didn’t the BBC put them all on the iPlayer? That was hinted at in the trailer, since it stated both “BBC TWO” and “BBC iPlayer”, and they’ve done this before with dramas like The City and The City. However, as I type, episode 2’s page says it will only be on there after the broadcast.

The series has already aired in its native homeland, but in the original language with no subtitles, as usual. There are places online with subtitled English, but only if you like garish yellow text. I suffer for your pleasure.

The Bridge Season 4 begins tomorrow night on BBC2 at 9pm, and is available to pre-order on Blu-ray and DVD, ahead of its release on April 9th. After broadcast, you can watch it on BBC iPlayer for 30 days after transmission.

At the time of posting this, you can also watch all of the first three seasons from start to finish!

In conversation with… The Bridge creators and stars on the fourth and final season – BFI

The Bridge Season 4 – Trailer – BBC Two

Episode 1 Score: 9/10

Director: Henrik Georgsson
Producers: Bo Ehrhardt and Anders Landström
Head writers: Hans Rosenfeldt and Camilla Ahlgren
Storyline: Hans Rosenfeldt, Camilla Ahlgren, Nikolaj Scherfig, Torleif Hoppe and Veronica Zacco

Saga: Sofia Helin
Henrik: Thure Lindhardt
Jonas: Mikael Birkkjaer
Lillian: Sarah Boberg
Linn: Maria Kulle
Barbara: Julie Carlsen
Frank: Anders Mossling
Dan: Lars Ranthe
Richard: Pontus T Pagler
Patrik: Pontus T Pagler
Christoffer: Erik Lönngren
Taariq: Alexander Behrang Keshtkar
Sofie: Lisa Linnertorp
Neils: Thomas W Gabrielsson
Silas: Jesper Hyldegaard
Susanne: Sandra Sencindiver
Kevin: Elliott Crosset Hove
Harriet: Lena Strömdahl
Elsa: Linda Kunze
Robin: Julia Frisberg
Lucinda: Anna Tulestedt
Henrik’s daughters: Smilla Bak and Holly Bjarke

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  • All 3 seasons are a treat, and they’re all on iPlayer, so you’ll need to see all of those before watching season 4 🙂

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