Invigorating the palate- The Bridge Review

The link between Denmark and Sweden is once again renewed in dark, twisted methods that only Swedes and Danes can together contrive as Saga Noren and team return to our screens on BBC Two.

In the first episode of The Bridge series four, Saga is incarcerated, accused of murdering her mother. Henrik is left to investigate the stoning to death of a high ranking government official.

The government official in question is Margrethe Thormod, Head Of Immigration, involved in a ‘champagne scandal’ and the deportation of an Iranian immigrant who will be executed in his home country for his sexual preferences.

The producers give the viewer a brutal reintroduction to The Bridge, reminding the quaint British TV population exactly what Scandi Noir stands for.

In the opening scenes of the first episode, we watch government minister Thormod buried to her neck in the ground, then, cut to a distance, we see her head jolt back furiously with every stone hurled at her by a mysterious abductor.

Such cold-blooded, inhumane violence would never be fitting in a British murder mystery solved by a team of grannies in the rural heartlands of the English countryside.

But in the cesspit of class system based dramas Scandi Noir is as invigorating to our palate as a sharp hit of schnapps served right in the middle of a tea and cake party.

The Bridge is polished, held in stark contrast to history-laden Poldarks or Wars And Peaces or Women In White it doesn’t idolise the past but sexifies the future.

From initial observations, the new series seems to offer little that is groundbreakingly new compared to the last three seasons.

However, The Bridge does exactly what it says on the clear glass Scandi bottle. Offering up a crisp, cold, little bit naughty, completely absurd murder mystery that will keep viewers guessing right to the end.

The Bridge has eight episodes to run on BBC Two 9pm Fridays. Catch up with the first episode on iPlayer now.