Danish crime drama series which follows the police investigation of one specific case, day by day, with each hour-long episode covering 24 hours of the investigation.
Scandinavian crime drama The Bridge opens with a power outage on Øresund Bridge, connecting Copenhagen and Malmö, Sweden. When the lights come on, a body appears, straddling the bridge’s center point. Paramedics try to move it; it pulls apart at the midsection, the camera lingering on a wormy display of innards. The legs, which turn out to belong to a Copenhagen prostitute, are in Denmark; the torso, of the Malmö city-council chairwoman, are in Sweden (Lauren Collins).
In this time and day when so many hesitate to turn on tv news, afraid of more disappointment and frustration by what politics have so overwhelmingly plenty to present – independent from which country you are in – Scandinavian tv brings back sexy to politics with Borgen, a Danish one-hour political drama television series both efficient and elegant. Much like each of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy ends with a conclusive note and so does Sex in the City, each episode of Borgen begins with a quote. While the excellent Grey’s Anatomy or nerve wracking Sex in the City come as a distraction rather, Borgen has spurred Dane’s interest in their country’s politics.
We’re going to do it the American way,’ but it took some years to find the Danish way to do it the American way.
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