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Gotland goes digital

At 9.45am on Monday, all channels except SVT1 vanished from televisions on the island of Gotland as the analogue network was switched off. Throughout the day, viewers installed their new digital boxes and at 6pm digital transmission began.

After the switch, all households which have a normal antenna reset their boxes to tune into the new digital frequencies and since then, the island is digital – almost. As a security measure, SVT1 will continue its analogue broadcasting on the island for another two weeks.

The state owned TV and radio operator, Teracom, is installing new equipment at its transmission station in Follingbo in order to move SVT’s digital offering to another frequency.

“It’s like advanced technical plumbing,” explained Teracom’s head of information, Lennart Ivarsson.

He was unable to say how many households on Gotland are now equipped with a digital box and were able to start viewing again on Monday evening.

“But we would have preferred it if they had bought their boxes earlier,” said Ivarsson.

The whole of Sweden will have switched from analogue to digital by February 2008. Next up is Gävle on October 10th and Motala on November 21st.

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The Bridge season four: What the first reviews say about the Nordic Noir finale

The final series of Scandinavian crime drama The Bridge (Bron) is set to premiere on New Year's Day in Sweden - and the first reviews give a clue what's in store.

The Bridge season four: What the first reviews say about the Nordic Noir finale
Cast and crew at the premiere of the final season. Photo: Björn Lindgren / TT

Almost a year after filming first began on the fourth and final series, there's less than a month to go until viewers can catch up with Saga Norén (played by Sofia Helin), and the first reviews appeared in Swedish media this week.

Warning: The reviews may contain spoilers for anyone still catching up on season three. Diehard fans, read on.

To refresh your memories, we left the third season with Norén forced out of her Malmö police job and agreeing to help her Danish counterpart Henrik Sabroe (played by Thure Lindhardt) find his missing children.

The fourth season picks up two years later. Norén is now in prison, convicted of her mother’s murder and waiting for her case to be reviewed.

Meanwhile, her Danish counterpart Henrik is working on a grisly case after the head of Copenhagen’s immigration office was stoned to death.

So far, it sounds like it has all the components fans of the series have come to expect, with a few twists and turns surely in store. But what did Swedish reviewers think of the series?

The Expressen tabloid gave the first two episodes a three out of five rating, saying that it was a “very promising” start and “exciting from the first second”.

Its reviewers praised Helin for “finding new ways to portray Saga” and for her “impressive interaction” with Lindhardt. However, a subplot, mysteriously described as “involving twins” was less impressive and described as failing to lift the show, though Expressen noted that it might develop more as the series progresses.

In the Aftonbladet daily, reviewers rated the show four out of five, saying that the team behind The Bridge have put together the final season with “the kind of casual and clear confidence that only those who know they have always been the best in class can afford”.

“The feeling is one of total control, and it convinces us that we won't be disappointed, whichever way The Bridge chooses to take for its final exit,” its reviewers said. 

The Aftonbladet review also gave a bit more detail about the new setting of the show. Unlike previous series, creators have already revealed that the final season will be set more in Denmark than in Sweden, and will no longer be city-based.

Show writer Hans Rosenfeldt has revealed that the setting would be more rural than in previous series, saying: “A small village outside of Malmö will be a major location.”

And according to Aftonbladet, the fourth series will feature “a very strange, cult-like village” run by an older woman.

Rosenfeldt has also previously said the upcoming season will reveal more about the characters' personal lives — and that it will be the goriest yet.

Viewers can catch the fourth and final episode on SVT on January 1st, 2018 and the remaining seven episodes of the series will be broadcast on Sundays.

READ ALSO: What we'll learn about Saga in The Bridge's final season