The final series of the critically acclaimed hit Swedish/Danish language drama The Bridge will air on the BBC in 2018, it was announced. The series – which is BBC Four’s highest ever rating drama – was acquired from ZDF Enterprises and will air next year, this time on BBC Two.

Sofia Helin and Thure Lindhart reprise their roles as the iconic Saga and her innately talented Danish partner, Henrik, in a heart-stopping concluding case that tests their very special relationship to its limits both professionally and personally.

Anders Landstrom, producer of The Bridge says “It is obviously very sad to say goodbye to Saga after four incredible seasons, but our talented writers, Hans and Camilla have an extraordinary end in store for viewers. Sofia has played the role of Saga with a rawness and truth rarely seen on screen and it’s been a pleasure to work with her, and Thure on a series of which we are immensely proud.”

Writers Hans Rosenfeldt and Camilla Ahlgren said “We’ve been on an amazing journey with Saga Norén and Henrik Sabroe and felt that there was one last thrilling story to tell. Set two years on from last series, Saga is coming to terms with the dire consequences of being accused of her mother’s murder when a macabre crime seemingly linked to migration takes place. Meanwhile, Henrik continues his desperate search for his children.”

Patrick Holland, Channel Controller of BBC Two says: “It is great to see this fantastic series back and on BBC Two.  The Bridge has helped redefine television drama in recent years and it is fitting that its final series will be showcased on BBC Two.”