Saga’s Story: Emotional Engagement in the Production and Reception of The Bridge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter


This research examines emotional engagement with Nordic crime drama The Bridge, using a cultural approach to genre, affect and emotion, and exploring how executive and creative producers, artistic performers, and audiences all perform specific practices that culminate in the co-production of intense engagement with this crime drama. The fieldwork took place during 2013-2016, with 40 production interviews and 170 audience interviews and participant observations in Sweden, Denmark, and Great Britain. A key research question concerns how genre, affect and emotion are interwoven in the fine details of the production of this crime drama and audience engagement with it.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Media Studies


  • nordic noir, television audiences, media industries
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Television Crime Drama and Beyond
EditorsKim Toft Hansen, Steven Peacock, Sue Turnbull
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-96887-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-96886-5
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 6
Publication categoryResearch