Borgen: S1

borgenLoving Denmark’s political drama Borgen from 2010 now available on DVD through Netflix.

The title translates roughly as “The Citadel” or “The Castle.” Borgen (the Castle”) is the nickname of Christiansborg Palace, which houses all three of Denmark’s branches of government: the Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Supreme Court. (Wikipedia)

Borgen revolves around politician Birgitte Nyborg Christensen played flawlessly by Sidse Babett Knudsen who becomes the first female Prime Minister. The series is a mash-up between Christensen’s home life, political life and the news media outlets who follow the government. Also starring Pilou Asbæk as spin doctor Kasper Juul, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen as ambitious news anchor Katrine Fønsmark, Søren Malling as Torben Friis, editor-in-chief for TV1 News, and Mikael Birkkjær who plays the Prime Minster’s husband Phillip. Lots of intrigue, back-stabbing, and backroom deals in Borgen. If you love The West Wing or House of Cards, you’ll love Borgen The final two episodes of the premiere season are explosive! Negotiating personal and professional relationships, it appears Birgitte ends up with no one as confidant as she heads into her second year as Prime Minister. Borgen is a must-see. 4 out of 5 for this exciting Danish import.

Hat tip to my dear friend Julia for turning me on to this great series import!


5 Responses to “Borgen: S1”

  1. thejewels18 Says:

    Sooooo glad you’re enjoying this. We just finished the 3rd season.There are various elements I love including: strong, morally centered female leads, a culture that prides itself in taking care of each other, characters in politics who are complex yet likable, the idea of a coalition government with eight political parties that actually gets things done, and BRIDGET! Haven’t liked a female lead as much since DCI Jane Tennyson. (We’ve been going around saying “Tak!” a lot)


  2. thejewels18 Says:

    Ooops… I mean BIRGITTE!


  3. Uncle Barb Says:

    Thank you both!!! We are loving Borgen and Birgitte Nyborg. Jewels your comparison to Jane Tennyson is right on. We have only seen the first two episodes, but we are hooked. We are rationing them out so as to make the enjoyment last longer. Kisses and Hugs to you both for directing us to this series. First Class!


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