If you’re walking the streets of Copenhagen this autumn, you might just end up in the background of a successful TV show.
Both the third season of the successful Danish-Swedish drama Broen (The Bridge) and the finale of BBC’s Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh will be filmed in Copenhagen in the coming weeks.
The Copenhagen Film Fund said that its efforts to attract Danish and international TV productions to the capital city are paying off with the visit from the Wallander crew and a third season of Broen that will be “more Danish than ever”.
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“We are happy to contribute to the continuation of a series that is so well-told and so universal that it works in all markets. The previous seasons were sold to around 150 countries and both an American-Mexican and a French-English remake have already been made, which is very unique in Danish television history,” the head of the Copenhagen Film Fund, Thomas Gammeltoft, said.
“We are also very proud that the production of the series will be more Danish than seasons one and two and thereby create even more Danish jobs,” Gammeltoft said, referring to the size of season three’s Danish production crew.
Broen III is expected to premiere in the autumn of 2015 but all signs indicate that it will be without its main Danish star, Kim Bodnia. DR said earlier this year that Bodnia is not on board for the third season due to ‘artistic conflicts’.
“Kim Bodnia chose to take the consequence of these conflicts and completely leave the series. I respect his choice,” DR’s head of drama, Piv Bernth, said in June.
The final three episodes of Kenneth Branagh's Wallander will also be set in Copenhagen. Photo: Laurence Cendrowicz
As for Wallander, Gammeltoft said he’s excited to bring Branagh and the rest of the programme over from Sweden, where the first six episodes of the show were set.
“We are obviously proud that Copenhagen will receive a central placing in this wildly popular series. It was very important for us to ensure that there would be Danish workers involved in the series working on scenography, special effects and stunt coordination. We’re proud of that and we look forward to Kenneth Branagh and company taking over Copenhagen,” he said.
Copenhagen Film Fund was established in June 2013 by the City of Copenhagen, the Capital Region (Region Hovedstaden) and the municipalities of Hvidovre, Brøndby, Albertslund, Ballerup, Furesø, Frederiksberg and Helsingør.