As The Bridge ends, star slams Denmark

The team behind The Bridge said discussions are underway about a fourth season, after the third reached a dramatic conclusion over the weekend. Meanwhile, the show’s Swedish star has some choice words for Denmark about its handling of the refugee crisis.

As The Bridge ends, star slams Denmark
Sofia Helin as Saga Norén in the season three finale. Photo: Carolina Romare/DR
After season three of the successful Danish-Swedish crime series The Bridge drew to a close on Sunday, Danish scriptwriter told broadcaster DR that talk is already beginning on extending the series. 
“There hasn’t been anything decided but we are talking about making a season four,” Nikolaj Scherfig said in a post season-finale discussion on DR. 
According to Christian Wikander, the drama director for Swedish broadcaster SVT, a decision will be made in spring 2016 and none of the actors have yet signed up to the potential project.
The third season of what is the most successful Nordic crime drama in history got under way on September 27th in the Nordics, hitting UK television screens on November 21st.
Starting with a scene showing a Danish woman found dead at a dinner table surrounded by creepy mannequins, the programme has been a hit with Scandinavian viewers despite the departure of one half of the cop duo that the show has previously centred around.
Copenhagen-born actor Kim Bodnia quit after the second season because he did not like the way his character Martin Rodhe developed. 
But Sofia Helin, who plays Saga Norén, the unusual autistic Swedish investigator assigned to work alongside him, continued to play a key role alongside new partner Henrik Sabroe, played by Thure Lindhardt,
Helin told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter in September that she would consider returning for another series if she was presented with a strong script.
“For me, there must be a story that has not been told about Saga's life. If that's the case then I'll do it,” she said. 
The fourth season of The Bridge hit on some cultural differences between Danes and Swedes, and Helin herself recently weighed in on the glaringly different approaches the two neighbouring nations have toward the refugee crisis. 
In an interview with celebrity magazine Se og Hør, Helin slammed Denmark for not taking in more refugees. 
“I’m proud of my country – that we, along with Germany, are the ones who have been the best toward refugees. […] And Denmark, you need to bloody get it together. Once you needed to flee your country, and that wasn’t so long ago. Get it together!” she said, referencing the Danish Jews who fled to Sweden during World War 2. 
The Bridge, created and written by Hans Rosenfelt, first became a cult hit across Scandinavia four years ago and has since been shown in more than 170 countries.

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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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