If you know me at all, you’ll know that I am a big fan of all things Scandinavian. I’ve been visiting the countries for years (and am now leaving the UK to live in one of them) and have also been lapping up the films, television, music and literature of these nations for about a decade now.
At the top of my loves stands the trend of Nordic Noir detective shows. The pinnacle of these is The Bridge, which is now in its third season, with a fourth planned next year. If you don’t know the series, it focuses on eclectic and complex murders that see the police from Copenhagen and Malmo joining forces – in the original season a body was found lying across the border between Denmark and Sweden on the Oresund Bridge (hence the title!).
It is an extremely well made series, with a fantastic lead character, Saga Noren, a truly unique detective with no social skills whatsoever but a very keen crime solving mind.
The series also features a brilliant soundtrack written by Patrik Andren, Uno Helmersson and Johan Soderqvist. Uno informed me that they’ve been using some The Unfinished Zebra patches on the score, which is huegly pleasing for me. Knowing that my synth patches are making an appearance on one of my favourite programmes is always a treat!
I’m currently half way through the third season, which already has me scratching my head about which way it’s going to twist and turn next. Now I can keep an ear out for my sounds too.