Thursday, February 07, 2013

'Borgen' by Adam Price

7 February 2013

I am a big fan of political drama. I have fond memories of the BBC Radio 4 dramas ‘The House’ by Christopher Lee and ‘Number 10’ by Jonathan Myerson, and the TV adaptation of ‘A Very British Coup’ by Chris Mullin, as well as ‘Yes Minister’ and ‘The Thick of It’. But I can’t think of any better example of the genre than ‘Borgen’ – the Danish TV series by Adam Price. I’ve just finished watching the second series of ‘Borgen’ on BBC Four and I’m getting withdrawal symptoms already. Sidse Babett Knudsen is wonderful as as Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg: you can see the angst in her face as she tries to balance doing the right thing with the need for political compromise. The reality of coalition politics is frustrating and fascinating. The character of spin doctor Kasper Juul (played by Pilou Asbæk) manages to be both despicable and sympathetic and his on/off relationship with journalist Katrine Fønsmark (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen) is a constant sub-plot. If you’re missing ‘Borgen’ too I would recommend Vicky Frost’s excellent episode-by-episode blog on the Guardian website, see: (but beware of spoilers if you are still watching series two).

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