Public Service Announcement 19 of 2012: The Bridge (Bron/Broen); Smash; 2 Broke Girls
The latest high-profile Scanda-crime import hits our screens this weekend, with the UK debut of Bron/Broen (The Bridge), a Danish/Swedish co-production which starts with a dead body being found on the Øresund Bridge linking Denmark and Sweden. Saga Norén (Sofia Helin) is your obsessive, maladjusted cop this time. Advance word is good, and Unpopcult is trusting it, so will be running reviews as soon as we can get them up. Inevitably, it’s being shown in those idiotic two hour long double-bills, about which I’ve already said my piece here. And here. And here (Saturday 21 April, 9pm, BBC 4).
On the same night, Glee-for-adults musical drama Smash starts its UK run. A decent cast includes Jack Davenport, Debra Messing, and Anjelica Huston, all trying to put together an original musical about Marilyn Monroe. After a very well-received pilot the consensus of opinion, judging from my Twitter feed, is that it’s gone downhill but people can’t quite stop watching. I suspect that my solution to this will be to not watch it to start with. In any event it’s been renewed for a second season (Saturday 21 April, 10pm, Sky Atlantic).
And finally some new comedy tonight, with the first episode of American hit 2 Broke Girls, about two waitresses, one sassy and one posh, who are saving up to start their own cupcake business. Unusually for a network comedy it’s provoked controversy, with accusations of racism and misogyny. Whatever the truth of that, it’s also been renewed for a second season, so it’s worth getting invested if you like the look of it (tonight, 9pm, E4).