The Bridge (Foreign Crime Series – Danish and Swedish)
A woman’s dead body is placed on the bridge between Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmo, Sweden. Two detectives respond to the case: Saga Noren of Sweden and Martin Rohde of Denmark. All seems straight-forward; the body is that of a Swedish citizen so it’s Sweden’s case. That is until the body is removed and discovered to actually be two halves of two different women placed exactly across the border of the two countries.
I finished the tenth (and final) episode of the first series a couple of nights ago and I’m still stunned. This is one of the, if not the, best written series I’ve watched. The two detectives are both flawed, extremely so, but they are so realistic and therefore you can identify with them, even if they do something awful. Saga has great difficulty reading and experiencing emotions while Martin has what seems to be a perfect life, but one that he has great difficulty holding together. Both detectives return for a new case in series two and I cannot wait to watch it.
Need more convincing to watch this series? It was so well received that not one, but two remakes have been made: a British/French version as well as an American/Mexican version.