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The Daily Telegraph - - Television & Radio - Ger­ard O’dono­van

The Bridge BBC TWO, 9.00PM

With the ex­cep­tion per­haps of Wal­lan­der, of all the Scandi-noir char­ac­ters that we’ve seen in re­cent years it is The Bridge’s Saga Norén (Sofia Helin), a com­mit­ted Malmö de­tec­tive with a level of so­cial dys­func­tion that im­plies autism, who has bur­rowed deep­est into the hearts of UK view­ers. She strug­gles to cope emo­tion­ally with the world around her, but that only makes us like her all the more. When last we saw Saga, at the close of se­ries three two years ago, she had solved an­other ma­jor mur­der case but stood ac­cused her­self of killing her abu­sive mother. At least she had the con­so­la­tion of meet­ing a soul­mate of sorts in Hen­rik Sabroe (Thure Lind­hardt), a po­lice col­league from across the Øre­sund bridge link­ing Swe­den and Den­mark, and a man deeply dam­aged by the mur­der of his wife and the dis­ap­pear­ance of his two young daugh­ters.

At the start of this in­stantly grip­ping fourth and fi­nal se­ries, things are not look­ing good for Saga as she wakes up in a cold, grey, un­fa­mil­iar en­vi­ron­ment. Mean­while, Hen­rik is called to the scene of a par­tic­u­larly griz­zly mur­der in Copenhagen that has a link to the con­tro­ver­sial de­por­ta­tion of an Ira­nian il­le­gal im­mi­grant.

Scandi scan­dal: Sofia Helin stars as Saga Norén

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