Before the next season airs on BBC Four, we got a chance to see the new Saga.
In the bustling centre of London, Soho Hotel and BBC Four welcomed the cast and crew to an exclusive preview of the smash-hit Scandinavian crime thriller The Bridge III, followed by a jovial and insightful Q&A. Here, the long-awaited third season of the ground-breaking Scandinavian show made its maiden voyage from the Øresund to the UK. The dazzling displays of fireworks and bonfires illuminating the city were no match for the scintillating premiere of the first episode of season three. The press in attendance, including Nordic Noir & Beyond, were treated to a first glimpse of the series’ new look and will surely remember this 5th of November.
The special guests included actors Sofia Helin and Dag Malmberg, together with executive producer Anders Landström, director Henrik Georgsson and creator/writer Hans Rosenfeldt. What better location to showcase the new season than at Soho House’s 76 Dean Street location? The Grade II-listed mid-Georgian town-house, built in 1732 by Thomas Richmond proved to be the perfect contrast to the modern style milieu of The Bridge; accentuated by the ornate furnishings and comfort of yesteryear.
As members of the press fell back into the individual cushioned seats, with the soft glow of lamp-light, the cosy and luxurious setting quickly became juxtaposed as the lights went down. The cold, muted image of the Øresund Bridge magnificently emerged once again on screen, accompanied by the familiar haunting timbre of The Choir of Young Believers with Hollow Talk. Creator and writer Hans Rosenfeldt quipped at the reaction from the episode, with its dark and ominous mood: “Hopefully it’s more suspense than horror, but we like to make people a little insecure.”
With the introductions of the new characters and a nostalgia for the previous seasons, Rosenfeldt also highlighted the different direction of The Bridge III: “It forced us to think – “What could The Bridge be like without Saga and Martin?” After we got over the shock it gave us a good energy, a good feeling and a possibility to see what new situations we could put Saga in. What can a new partner give her that Martin didn’t give her?” Sofia Helin described the dramatic change in casting as a positive challenge: “It was a hard and difficult process before the decision was made. But when we had accepted the fact it was a gift.”
The mesmeric opener to the third season delivers drama from Saga’s personal life, as well as her struggle to move on from the reminders of Martin. Audiences can also look forward to a new socio-politically laced murder investigation that echoes seasons one and two with contemporary issues, fresh and enigmatic antagonists for Saga to face and more blunt one-liners, followed by bemused responses and awkward, artificially poetic “small talk”.
Don’t miss The Bridge III which begins on Saturday 21st November on BBC Four.