TV ex­tra Scandi-noir stars bridge the gap on ques­tions of iden­tity

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FIFTY-TWO chauf­feured Porsches, a view­point over the Ore­sund Bridge and the Choir of Young Be­liev­ers play­ing in the back­ground – you’d be hard pushed to think of a bet­ter way to bid farewell to The Bridge.

An elab­o­rate cur­tain call, maybe. But as its stars Sofia Helin and Thure Lind­hardt will ad­mit, the Scandi-noir crime se­ries – syn­ony­mous with the sports car – was never go­ing to go qui­etly.

It’s al­ready sparked a storm of protest over the open­ing scene of the new se­ries which shows a woman be­ing mur­dered in a most graphic fash­ion.

Mov­ing the ac­tion on two years, the con­clud­ing chap­ter, which has been switched to BBC Two, sees Helin and Lind­hardt reprise their roles as Saga and her in­nately tal­ented Dan­ish part­ner Henrik Sabroe.

Helin, 46, says of Hans Rosen­feldt’s cre­ation: “You do come closer to us; it’s a lot about their re­la­tion­ship this sea­son.”

“The char­ac­ters are so well writ­ten and com­plex, and they fit so well to­gether that peo­ple are in­ter­ested in see­ing how they solve their lives.”

The over­ar­ch­ing theme, how­ever, is iden­tity, with the trig­ger point the refugee cri­sis – and the mur­der of the head of im­mi­gra­tion.

“She gets stoned to death,” re­veals Lind­hardt, 43. “And right be­fore, they find out that she has been cel­e­brat­ing throw­ing some­one out of the coun­try – with cham­pagne.

“We ac­tu­ally have a case in Den­mark where our min­is­ter for in­te­gra­tion did that,” he adds.

“She cel­e­brated with cake and put it on Face­book. But that hap­pened after this was writ­ten,” he points out. “Our

France had es­caped much of the po­lit­i­cal and so­cial tur­moil sweep­ing the rest of the world Gen­eral de Gaulle had been back in power for 10 years, over­see­ing a pe­riod of eco­nomic sta­bil­ity. But ten­sions were mount­ing among the coun­try’s young peo­ple who felt their voices weren’t been heard by the old-fash­ioned, pa­ter­nal­is­tic regime and when stu­dent Daniel Cohn Ben­dit con­fronted a govern­ment min­is­ter, it sparked a chain of events that re­sulted in France all but clos­ing down. Here, Joan Bakewell looks back on the pe­riod and as­sesses the legacy of the protests.

Tor­tured By Mum and Dad? – The Turpin 13 (C5, 10pm)

On Jan­uary 14, a 17-year-old girl called the Thure Lind­hardt as Henrik Sabroe and Sofia Helin as Saga Noren show has al­ways been very good at pre­dict­ing things – ten­den­cies and trends in so­ci­ety.”

As for the an­tic­i­pated twists and turns: “There’s some,” he teases. “But it’s very much about, ‘What are we if we are not what we think we are?’

“Of­ten, as hu­man be­ings, we iden­tify our­selves with what we do. At least in my coun­try, if you meet a per­son you don’t know at a din­ner party, the first thing you’ll ask is, ‘So what do you do for a liv­ing?’,” says the Dan­ish ac­tor, who re­placed Kim Bod­nia as a lead last sea­son.

“That is how we iden­tify our­selves and oth­ers. ‘I’m an ac­tor’. Which is not

emer­gency ser­vices claim­ing to have es­caped from a Cal­i­for­nia house where she and her 12 sib­lings were be­ing held cap­tive. When the po­lice ar­rived, they dis­cov­ered chil­dren be­tween the ages of two to 29, some of whom were chained to their beds or ema­ci­ated. The story of the Turpin fam­ily made head­lines around the world, yet much of it re­mains a mys­tery. This one-off doc­u­men­tary takes a closer look at the case and the cou­ple at the cen­tre of it, David and Louise Turpin. It fol­lows their 30-year jour­ney across Amer­ica, from the hills of West Vir­ginia to the re­mote Texas coun­try­side, and ul­ti­mately to a Cal­i­for­nia cul-de-sac, and asks how they were able to keep the al­leged abuse on such a scale hid­den.

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