The Bridge

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, SBS Two Like The Killing, The Bridge is a Scan­di­na­vian crime se­ries with sub­ti­tles in English. To say that it is gritty sug­gests some­thing rough-and­tum­ble, but this is very stylish, very ex­pen­sivelook­ing tele­vi­sion. When the lights mys­te­ri­ously go out on the Ore­sund Bridge, which con­nects Copen­hagen in Den­mark with Malmo in Swe­den, the Swedish and Dan­ish po­lice turn up to dis­cover the body of a fe­male Swedish politi­cian draped across the bor­der of the two coun­tries in the mid­dle of the bridge. Gritty enough. How­ever, on foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion it seems the body has been cut in half at the waist and crudely stuck to­gether again. Only the top half of the body be­longs to the politi­cian, the lower half be­longs to a Dan­ish pros­ti­tute. Things es­ca­late when a jour­nal­ist, whose car is im­pli­cated in the crime, starts re­ceiv­ing phone calls from a mad­man who also broad­casts on the net. A ter­rific cast of en­tirely un­usual char­ac­ters sets about solv­ing the se­ries of crimes that be­gin with this in­ci­dent. Young and blonde, Sofia Helin plays Saga Noren, the lead homi­cide de­tec­tive on the Swedish side. Gnarled and manly, Kim Bod­nia plays Martin Ro­hde, her Dan­ish coun­ter­part. He has adult chil­dren and ex-wives, she prefers to pick up men in bars for ca­sual sex. Yet the mur­ders draw them ever closer. In­ter­est­ingly, a re­make is un­der

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