bron / broen: a bridge is not enough    The first thing which makes this series different is the title itself. It’s in two languages: Danish and Swedish. A decision which was taken not just to be politically correct or for linguistic reasons: there is a duality in the series’ very roots. Oresund Bridge links Denmark and Sweden: a dead body is found right on the border line in the middle of the bridge. Half a corpse in Sweden, half a corpse in Denmark. Which means that the Malmo and Copenhagen police forces have no choice but to work together.

The two officers who start working together are Saga Noren, a women with Asperger’s syndrome, and Martin Rodhe, a family man. Malmo police office Saga Noren’s flat looks like students’ digs. Saga hardly ever goes home. She keeps clean clothes on her shelves at the police station in case she ever feels the need to change – which is hardly ever. And her 1977 Porsche 911 holds some secret from her childhood. Martin Rodhe and his large family live in a beautifully designed house with Wegner chairs, Bolia furniture and Poulia lamps. All icons of Scandinavian design. Features you can spend a whole life putting together and then lose in a second.

Oresund Bridge was opened in 2000, joining two cities and two countries, but the prejudices between the people on either side mean that the relationships between them are no more than superficial. There’s no space for pretty postcards in this dark Nordic series. Each day looks like grey autumn. Each night the cities’ artificial lights reflect solitude and cold. There are now telecom and technology companies in what used to be industrial estates. The series reveals the savage capitalism which underlies the northern countries’ welfare system. We won’t tell you anything about the plot. We love giving spoilers, but Bron/Broen isn’t that type of series and we’d hate to stop anybody from enjoying it. Leaving the differences between the two cities and the police investigation to one side, the two characters are the centre of the story. The chemistry between the two –and without making use of the usual, lazy resource of love and attraction– is extraordinary.

The third series starts in September. And, having seen how the second series ended, we’re already waiting for autumn.