Third season of Broen will be ‘more Danish’

The Copenhagen Film Fund has announced that the third season of the wildly popular Danish-Swedish programme will soon begin filming in Copenhagen, as will episodes of the BBC's Wallander.

Third season of Broen will be 'more Danish'
Fictional Swedish cop Saga Noren will return in Broen III, but who will be her Danish partner? Photo: Carolina Romare
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”.
“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.
Photo: Laurence Cendrowicz
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. 

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Why has Denmark made a children’s TV show about the ‘world’s longest penis’?

The everyday adventures of new Danish kids' TV character John Dillermand like walking the dog or going to the zoo might not look like the stuff of scandal -- if the tales didn't often revolve around his oversized penis.

Why has Denmark made a children’s TV show about the 'world's longest penis'?
An image from the first episode of 'John Dillermand'. Photo: DR/Louise Bergholt Sørensen

Even in one of the world's most progressive countries, the stories of the man with “the world's longest willy” have sparked debate about just what is appropriate for children in the programme's target audience of four- to eight-year-olds.

“We think it's important to be able to tell stories about bodies,” public broadcaster DR posted on Facebook Tuesday.

“In the series, we recognise (young children's) growing curiosity about their bodies and genitals, as well as embarrassment and pleasure in the body.”

Broadcast on kids' channel Ramasjang, the first of Dillermand's 13 episodes has already been watched 140,000 times since it was released on January 2nd.

His extra-long member is often key to the wacky situations in which he finds himself at one point floating over the city thanks to balloons tied to his tackle.

“It's a very Danish show. We have a tradition to push the limits and use humour and we think it's totally normal,” education expert Sophie Munster told AFP.

With some members of the public posting outrage online, far-right MP Morten Messerschmidt attacked the show in a Facebook post.

“I don't think looking at adult men's genitalia should be turned into something normal for children. Is this what you call public service?” he fumed.

Munster argued however: “The debate is from an adult perspective, in which the long penis is sexualised. Children have a different perspective.

“The size of the penis is exaggerated so much, children realise it's a joke.”

The series can be watched via broadcaster DR's website.

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