Get your hands on the definitive guide to inner-workings of the Danish parliament deep within ‘The Castle’ walls, otherwise known as ‘Borgen’…
The success of Borgen (2010-2013) continues to astound us even after the series reached an epic finale on Danish screens two years ago. Camilla Hammerich, who served as Executive Producer on the show over the magnanimous 30-episode arc, explores the origins of the political drama and ultimately regales over the multiple award ceremonies that recognised the programme’s accomplished status.
Borgen fast became a triumphant series and lead the way in becoming a catalyst for popular televisual drama, alongside the dominant Scandinavian crime wave of productions known as Nordic Noir. In the show audiences follow the fluctuating career of Birgitte Nyborg as she campaigns and reigns to be the first female Prime Minister of Denmark. We witness the struggles, controversial actions and volatile relationships in the tense, character-driven series. Art and life were also notably imitated as Sidse Babett Knudsen (1864, 2014 and After the Wedding, 2006)’s performance bore social-cultural similarities to the real-life female Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt of the Social Democratic party, elected into office from 2011-2015.
Having won accolades at the Robert Festival in 2014 (the Danish equivalent to the Academy Awards), Borgen also elevated its appeal on an international scale with a BAFTA award win in 2012 for Best International Series and a nomination at the International Emmy Awards in the same year for Knudsen. The international success can also be seen in the rising English-language roles from Borgen co-stars Birgitte Hjort Sørensen; appearing in Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) and Pilou Asbæk; featuring in Lucy (2014) and the upcoming historical epic Ben-Hur (2016). Both Sørensen and Asbæk have gone on to star in Game of Thrones (2011- ).
Camilla Hammerich’s illustrated insight The Borgen Experience: Creating TV Drama the Danish Way is a must-have look into the production of the series from the narrative themes and comments on Danish society to how filming managed to persevere despite one of the lead actors “turning up for work on crutches”.
The Borgen Experience: Creating TV Drama the Danish Way is out to buy from 26th October