The final series of the critically acclaimed hit Swedish/Danish language drama The Bridge will air on the BBC in 2018.
The show – which is BBC Four’s highest ever rating drama – was acquired from ZDF Enterprises and will air this time on BBC Two.
Sofia Helin and Thure Lindhart reprise their roles as maverick Swedish detective Saga Norén and her Danish counterpart Henrik Sabroe in a concluding case that tests their relationship to its limits, both professionally and personally.
Anders Landstrom, producer of The Bridge, said: “It is obviously very sad to say goodbye to Saga after four incredible seasons, but our talented writers Hans and Camilla have an extraordinary end in store for viewers. Sofia has played the role of Saga with a rawness and truth rarely seen on screen and it’s been a pleasure to work with her and Thure on a series of which we are immensely proud.”
Writer Hans Rosenfeldt and Camilla Ahlgren added: “We’ve been on an amazing journey with Saga and Henrik and felt that there was one last thrilling story to tell. Set two years on from last series, Saga is coming to terms with the dire consequences of being accused of her mother’s murder when a macabre crime seemingly linked to migration takes place. Meanwhile, Henrik continues his desperate search for his children."
Patrick Holland, channel controller of BBC Two, said: “It is great to see this fantastic series back and on BBC Two. The Bridge has helped redefine television drama in recent years and it is fitting that its final series will be showcased on BBC Two.”
Lars Blomgren, chairman, scripted exchange Endemol Shine Group, and co-founder and managing director of Filmlance International, added: “I’m incredibly proud of how Bron [The Bridge] has captured the imagination of audiences worldwide. Its very distinctive brand of Scandi Noir has arguably been instrumental in changing attitudes towards foreign language drama around the world. “
The series is a Scandinavian co-production, produced in Sweden by Filmlance International, part of Endemol Shine Group and in Denmark by Nimbus Film. It has been adapted in six territories including the UK, USA and France.