The Bridge, Series 1 & 2HD
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The iconic Øresund Bridge, standing in the strait between Sweden and Denmark, connects the cities of Copenhagen and Malmö. When a body is discovered lying directly across the line that divides these two countries a union between the respective cities’ Police forces is forged and a working relationship between two very different detectives begins. Laid-back but louche Danish family man, Martin Rohde (Kim Bodnia) and the socially awkward, classic-Porsche driving Swedish singleton, Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) have to work together to stop a chain of horrificly staged murders before a terrorist wins over public opinion with his anti-corruption agenda. As the case develops so does the relationship between Martin and Saga, culminating in one of the most dramatic conclusions to a TV series in recent memory. 13 months later a deserted tanker veers off course, heading straight for the Bridge, the scene of the now-infamous crime that first united the two detectives. When the Coast Guard finally board the ship they discover there is no crew present but find three Swedish and two Danish youths chained below deck. Saga is immediately put in charge of the case but, as Danish victims are involved, she contacts her previous case-collaborator, Martin who is still suffering the psychological consequences of the previous case. The duo embark on investigating a mysterious and complex case involving terrorists with an environmental agenda.
|1||HDVideoSeason 1, Episode 1||A woman is found murdered in the middle of Øresund Bridge - right on the border between Sweden and Denmark. Saga Norén from Malmö CID and Martin Rohde from the Copenhagen police department are called to the scene. What at first looks like one murder, turns out to be two. The bodies have been brutally cut off at the waist and joined together - the torso of a high-profile Swedish politician and the lower body of a Danish prostitute.||57:45||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|2||HDVideoSeason 1, Episode 2||The murderer makes his presence known and chooses the sharp-witted tabloid journalist Daniel Ferbé to act as a middle man in his communication with the outside world. It turns out that the murder on the bridge was only the beginning, and that the purpose of that heinous act was to draw attention to the unpleasant truths and problems in our society that we have chosen to turn a blind eye to, the first one being that "we are not all equal before the law". Saga and Martin now realise they are dealing with a ruthless killer who has been planning his crimes for many years. At the same time, Martin faces problems at home where he is in constant conflict with his son August who has just moved home.||58:23||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|3||HDVideoSeason 1, Episode 3||In Copenhagen, several homeless people have been poisoned to death. The perpetrator wants to draw attention to the problem of the increased number of people falling through the cracks of society. A homeless man is kidnapped and the only thing that can stop the murderer from killing him is a large sum of money from four landlords. So what is the price of a human being after all?||57:57||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|4||HDVideoSeason 1, Episode 4||The homeless man's survival becomes a race against time, and depends completely on the four landlords' willingness to pay what the murderer demands. Saga and Martin have understood that they're dealing with someone who has really thought through his crimes, planning them down to the smallest detail. Maybe they can catch the murderer off balance by doing something he doesn't expect?||57:34||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|5||HDVideoSeason 1, Episode 5||The murderer has groomed a number of seriously schizophrenic people over a long period of time, convincing them to commit carefully synchronised violent crimes in Malmö and Copenhagen on the same day. With the third truth, the murderer wants to highlight the cutbacks within mental health care, which has been reduced to "a pat on the back and a jar of pills". Saga and Martin manage to find a break in the case, a teenage girl who has run away from home. Could she be the witness that ultimately leads them to the murderer?||57:41||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|6||HDVideoSeason 1, Episode 6||Copenhagen is up in arms following a court case in which a group of police officers that beat an immigrant to death are found innocent. One of the accused officers is kidnapped from his home and is found by the dead immigrant's brother chained up in his basement. Will he forgive or take revenge on his brother's killer? Here the murderer wants to draw attention to the fourth truth, namely the failure of the state's integration policy. For the first time Saga and the killer are in contact with each other.||57:44||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|7||HDVideoSeason 1, Episode 7||The murderer's fifth and final truth is the public's indifference to child labour, with millions of children being exploited daily in order to produce goods as cheaply as possible. Since they're not our own children, we don't care, but when a school bus full of children disappears, all of a sudden we sit up and take notice. To save the children, the murderer demands that five large companies that benefit indirectly from child labour should be set on fire by the general public. Saga increasingly suspects that the perpetrator is one of their own - a police officer!||57:35||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|8||HDVideoSeason 1, Episode 8||After many suspicions and one witness statement, Saga and Martin arrest and question a fellow officer. He turns out to have an alibi for all the crimes, but is he really innocent? The murderer is done now, having succeeded in doing what he set out to do - to open our eyes to the problems of our society. Saga, however, doesn't believe that this is the end of his plan - that there is more to come.||57:43||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|9||HDVideoSeason 1, Episode 9||Gradually all the pieces to the complicated puzzle are put in place - the clues and evidence in the investigation have led the police to a man who could be the murderer. Now they wait tensely for his next move, which for Martin, who has finally managed to become reconciled with his son August, will turn out to be more personal than he ever could have imagined.||57:38||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|10||HDVideoSeason 1, Episode 10||The murderer has shot Saga in Martin's garden, and kidnapped August. It now dawns on the police that the final step in his evil plan is directed at Martin, who desperately joins the hunt in order to save his son. Despite her gunshot wound, Saga does all she can to crack the case and catch the killer - will she succeed before it's too late?||57:39||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|11||HDVideoSeason 2, Episode 1||13 months after the events of the first season, a coastal tanker leaves the Øresund waterway and is headed straight for the Øresund Bridge. When the Coast Guard board the ship they discover there is no crew, and three Swedish and two Danish youths are chained below deck. Saga Norén of Malmö County Police is put in charge of the case and contacts Martin Rohde, who is still haunted by the death of his son. Together they embark on investigating the case. The youths fall rapidly ill, and it soon emerges they've been infected with an extremely aggressive and contagious form of pneumonic plague! Martin and Mette have separated, and Martin realises he needs to see Jens in prison in order to come to terms with the past. Saga is living together with her boyfriend for the first time!||57:31||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|12||HDVideoSeason 2, Episode 2||Saga and Martin are quarantined, but when the test results come back negative, they're cleared to leave the hospital, and thus continue their investigation. They're assisted by a Swedish and a Danish officer, Rasmus and Pernille. Someone posts a video online where four individuals wearing animal masks use signs to claim responsibility for the plague. This coincides with several reported deaths as a result of eating, among other things, poisoned apples. Saga and Martin are quick to connect the two cases. And they realise this is just the beginning! Martin decides to try to confront Jens a second time. Saga tries to be the perfect girlfriend, but her boyfriend, Jacob, sees right through her.||57:33||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|13||HDVideoSeason 2, Episode 3||Saga and Martin continue hunting down the eco-terrorists, and start profiling them. They receive an anonymous tip on their whereabouts, but when they raid the location, the group has vanished into thin air. The eco-terrorists now know the police are onto them, and realise they'll have to proceed with great caution as they go forward, hoping to be trusted with new and bigger operations. But there is a split in the group, and Saga and Martin are edging closer! It dawns on Saga's boyfriend Jakob that living with her isn't entirely easy. Martin makes some progress in his meeting with Jens, but will Jens ever show remorse?||57:38||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|14||HDVideoSeason 2, Episode 4||Saga and Martin investigate the killing of the eco-terrorists. Saga rules out suicide. They learn there must be a leader still alive out there who's been pulling the strings all along. They track him to a Copenhagen-based IT company, but he seems to have gone underground. Are new attacks being planned? Are there more terrorist cells? Martin hits it off with his Danish colleague Pernille, and the question is whether it's more than just friendship.||58:17||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|15||HDVideoSeason 2, Episode 5||Laura, a key witness, wakes up at the hospital. She's suffering from amnesia, but Saga believes she might have seen something as she was shot and wounded. The investigation grows, offering up some new leads. Meanwhile, four individuals wearing animal masks carry out a new attack, and then post a video online where they claim responsibility. Saga and Martin try to track down the new group, who are busy planning yet another attack! Saga has a hard time getting used to living together with her boyfriend, and feels she needs to be alone. She decides to check into a hotel, a decision she'll come to regret! Martin goes back to visit Jens in prison, and this time he exceeds his authority!||57:48||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|16||HDVideoSeason 2, Episode 6||Martin is at the hospital watching over his son, Nikolaj, who has suddenly fallen ill. Saga goes there to update him on the case, and notices something isn't quite right at the hospital. The investigation intensifies as another poisoning is connected to Saga and Martin's case. Furthermore, a motorboat is recovered from the bottom of the sea. In the boat, old skeletal remains are found. Who were these people, and what did they die of? Are they connected to the larger case? Jens doesn't want Martin visiting him in prison anymore, but Martin won't back down. Saga is nervous ahead of her first meeting with her potential mother-in-law, and wonders if she's being a good enough girlfriend.||57:57||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|17||HDVideoSeason 2, Episode 7||Saga and Martin face a complex puzzle. When someone threatens to blow up a chemical plant, it turns out the attack was controlled remotely, and that the same group as before is responsible. They collect all the clues and find a common denominator, confining the perpetrator to a specific area. But is there a single perpetrator or several? And what is the motive? Saga starts to realise being a girlfriend and living with someone is harder than she thought. Martin has secretly been prying into Saga's past, something he maybe shouldn't have done!||57:50||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|18||HDVideoSeason 2, Episode 8||Saga and Martin re-interview witnesses in the case, and suspect someone within their own group has been doctoring information in their reports. But they need to gather more evidence before they can be sure. Laura, the key witness, regains consciousness and, despite feeling exhausted, finally manages to help piece together a composite sketch of the perpetrator! Martin visits Jens in prison yet again. Will Martin ever achieve what he aims to with Jens? Saga tries to find a solution to her co-habitation problem, a solution that's hardly to Jacob's liking.||57:32||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|19||HDVideoSeason 2, Episode 9||Now there is a composite sketch of the perpetrator, and when Saga and Martin learn who it is, they must get to him in time. When they think the case is solved, it turns out there's one more final piece left. Their leads point to Kastrup Airport, but once they realise what it all means, it may be too late. Martin has moved back in with Mette again, but can they make amends? Saga's and Martin's friendship is put to the test.||57:34||£2.49||View in iTunes|
|20||HDVideoSeason 2, Episode 10||Saga and Martin realise the case isn't over, and that there is one more perpetrator. But who is Mikkel Host? It's a race against the clock to prevent a disaster where many lives are at stake. Martin makes a crucial decision, and in the end, Saga faces an extremely difficult choice that will change everything.||57:54||£2.49||View in iTunes|
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Every now and again, something comes along which is so refreshingly different, it captures the imagination..Not so much the story, which is intriguing enough, but more importantly, the way it is told..Even the need to read the subtitles does not spoil it...
Give it a go, I know you should'nt be disappointed..Now available on Netflix, sorry iTunes...
The haunting theme tune 'Hollow Talk' by the 'Choir of Young Believers' deserves a strong recommendation too...
Don't be put off by the thought of subtitles. This does deflect from great stortylines and lead characters that are actually flawed!! Can't wait for Season 3 !!
The Bridge is the best TV show of the decade and Saga Noren is the best TV character of the decade. The intriguing plot twists and turns, but just as brilliant is the relationship between Danish cop Martin and Swedish cop Saga, which is fraught, tender, hilarious and ultimately the heart of the show. The Bridge was recently remade as British/French drama The Tunnel, but the original Scandinavian version is far far superior.