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Synopsis

Borgen is the latest drama sensation from the producers of the acclaimed series The Killing. Following the intricate and complicated lives of politicians, media spinners and the reporters who feed off their triumphs and failures, Borgen uncovers a world of political and personal intrigue.

The setting is Borgen, the nickname for Denmark’s Parliamentary building, otherwise known as “The Castle”. After scoring her party a landslide victory through her idealism and work ethic, the smart and sexy populist Birgitte Nyborg now faces the biggest dilemma of her life.

The question is: Will she compromise on her ideals and face consequences both on and off the stage?

SERIES 1: EPISODES 1-10

EPISODE 1 – DECENCY IN THE MIDDLE

A general election has been called in Denmark. The new leader of the centrist Moderate Party, 40-year-old Birgitte Nyborg Christensen, has quickly gained great popularity among the electorate thanks to her natural manner and sincere humanism. However, Birgitte is under pressure, as her party has not yet declared its support for either of the two obvious candidates for prime minister,

Birgitte’s campaign is under the firm control of her intelligent, but somewhat cynical, 30-year-old media adviser, Kasper Juul. He is a master of the interface between politics and the media, and exploits his connections. In particular, his connection with the young TV presenter Katrine Fønsmark, with whom he had a relationship three years ago. Katrine is the new face at TV1; she is talented and hard-working, and, like Kasper, she understands how to make use of her connections at “the Castle”, as the parliament is known.

EPISODE 2 – COUNT TO 90

In the days following the big landslide election, Birgitte Nyborg Christensen finds herself in the eye of a political storm. Her party, the Moderates, were the principal winners in the election, and Birgitte has been appointed Royal Formateur to lead the inter-party negotiations. Her job now is to bring together a divided parliament and form a new government. This turns out to be a tougher task than Birgitte could ever have imagined.

The first day of negotiations results in a painful defeat for Birgitte. Lars Hesselboe of the Liberal Party contemptuously sends a low-ranking party member, and Labour Party leader Michael Laugesen does not attend at all. Birgitte’s party vice-chairman and mentor Bent Sejrø stresses that Birgitte needs to start showing courage and decisiveness. All meetings are postponed.

EPISODE 3 – THE ART OF THE POSSIBLE

Two months after Birgitte Nyborg succeeded in forming a government and becoming prime minister, she now faces her greatest challenge yet: the annual state budget. The budget bill must be passed by parliament before they can all take a well-deserved Christmas break. But in the middle of the official press conference, Birgitte is confronted with the news that two members of the Labour Party are refusing to vote for the bill. This is an embarrassing defeat for Birgitte, who is forced to re-open the budget negotiations.

At the same time, it becomes ever more obvious that Birgitte will have to find a new media adviser to replace Kasper Juul, whom she fired: Michael Laugesen has become the new editor-in-chief of the Express, and has immediately begun a smear campaign against Birgitte. Birgitte acts swiftly and hires Tore Gudme, who is an associate professor in Rhetoric, and a handsome young man.

EPISODE 4 – 100 DAYS

Katrine Fønsmark is offered the greatest journalistic scoop of her career when she is contacted by an anonymous source in the Defence Intelligence Service. He shows her pictures of CIA detainees leaving an aircraft at Thule Air Base in Greenland – proof that the US has conducted prisoner renditions on Danish soil!

The revelations come at a very bad time for Birgitte, who has now been in office for almost 100 days and therefore needs a positive story or some concrete political results. Instead, she now has to clean up a case from the previous government. But it quickly dawns upon her that violations of Greenlandic territory are nothing new – from the Danish colonisation 300 years ago to the stationing of US nuclear weapons there during the Cold War, and prisoner transports after 9-11. No Danish prime minister has ever apologised for any of it. Birgitte wants to take action, but she is persuaded to hush the matter up by Kasper Juul and her cabinet ministers – who in Birgitte’s opinion are already beginning to think and act more and more like the old government.

EPISODE 5 – MEN WHO LOVE WOMEN

Together with her Minister of Economic Affairs – the highly educated, intelligent and very beautiful Henriette Klitgaard – Birgitte introduces a historic bill, under which it will be compulsory for the boards of Danish companies to have 50% women members. The controversial proposal is not exactly given an enthusiastic welcome in the government ranks. Bent Sejrø fears the reaction of the biggest companies, who are strongly opposed to gender quotas – mostly because they have almost no women on their boards. Pernille Madsen of the Labour Party, Birgitte’s Minister of Social Affairs and Gender Equality, is also dissatisfied: she is aggrieved because Birgitte has chosen to bypass her and introduce the bill via the Minister of Economic Affairs. Pernille Madsen threatens to create unrest in the government unless Birgitte promises her access to all meetings and a place first in the queue to the government’s powerful co-ordinating committee, the C-committee.

Katrine still hasn’t got over the death of Ole Dahl. She torments herself with too much exercise, too little sleep and unhealthy food. Her indoor cycling instructor, Benjamin, notices this and offers to help. Katrine rejects him – she cannot cope with more men in her life – and especially not when it is becoming increasingly clear that Kasper still has feelings for her.

EPISODE 6 – STATE VISIT

The president of the former Soviet state of Turgisia, Alexander Grozin, is making a state visit to Denmark to take over the chairmanship of the international Organisation for Security, Democracy and Development, the OSDD. At the same time, it is announced that Turgisia intends to invest one billion euros in Danish wind turbine technology, thereby opening up the possibility of a Danish exports adventure in the former eastern bloc.

However, one thing that Birgitte Nyborg could do without is the fact that the Turgisian poet and dissident Vladimir Bayanov has arrived in Copenhagen at the same time as Grozin. The two are mortal enemies; Grozin regards Bayanov as a terrorist, while Bayanov views Grozin as an undemocratic tyrant. Birgitte immediately encounters opposition from her left-wing supporters, who support Bayanov, but Birgitte chooses to meet Grozin without presenting criticism.

EPISODE 7 – SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL, SPEAK NO EVIL

Just as life seems to be returning to normal at the Castle after the Bayanov case, a startling discovery is made at the headquarters of the party Social Solidarity: state of the art surveillance equipment, which soon turns out to have been installed by the Police Intelligence Service. Bugging a legal party is a serious matter, so Kasper advises Birgitte to stay out of the affair and let the Minister of Justice, Troels Höxenhaven, handle it.

On TV1, Katrine presses Höxenhaven for an explanation, but Höxenhaven keeps his cards close to his chest. On the home front, Katrine is being pressured to decide whether she will take her new boyfriend, fitness instructor Benjamin, with her to the TV festival at which she has been nominated for the title of News Reporter of the Year. After an argument she realises, however, that their worlds are too different, and she goes to the TV festival alone. We sense that Kasper is still haunting her.

EPISODE 8 – THE SILLY SEASON 

It is summer, and just like in the rest of the country, things are quiet at the Castle.  The only real news item is Michael Laugesen’s new book, which promises to reveal everything from his time at the Castle. This worries Kasper Juul, as he was the one who leaked the documents to Michael Laugesen that destroyed the election for both Lars Hesselboe and Laugesen.  Kasper does not receive much support from Birgitte, who makes an awkward attempt to take a holiday with her family – but there is precious little time for fun with the children or marital togetherness when Mum is the prime minister of Denmark.

While Kasper Juul desperately tries to get hold of a copy of Laugesen’s book, a mysterious woman turns up at the Castle, saying she is Kasper’s mother. Kasper’s father has died, and Kasper must help his mother to organise the funeral. But Kasper does not want anyone to know that he ever had a father in Denmark – least of all Katrine, to whom he told a story about his parents living in southern France all the time that they were lovers.

EPISODE 9 – DIVIDE AND RULE

Denmark needs a new fighter aircraft, and Minister of Defence Hans Christian Thorsen has been looking forward for a long time to announcing that Denmark has chosen the F-26 Defender as its future solution. But Birgitte has stipulated that all such decisions from all ministries must be cleared with her, and she becomes suspicious when Thorsen, the Army’s man and a former businessman, has chosen an expensive aircraft which at the same time ensures big orders for Danish companies.  Birgitte is however forced to give way, and the government chooses to invest in the Defender. Birgitte then discovers that one of the Danish companies that stands to profit through the order is Via Electronics, where Phillip has just been made an executive.  When it is also revealed that Thorsen has been on paid hunting trips with the aircraft manufacturers, and the media, led by Katrine and TV1, start an investigative campaign towards the government, Birgitte is forced to ask Phillip to resign from his new job.  This is too much for Phillip; he leaves the house, and for several days Birgitte has no contact with him. Eventually, she is so desperate that she goes to see Freja, one of Phillip’s former students, of whom Birgitte has previously been jealous.  But Phillip is not there, and Birgitte is on the verge of collapsing with sorrow. But as her government too is in a deep crisis, she needs more than ever to appear positive and energetic. Birgitte therefore launches a major new plan for open government, and Kasper arranges a live interview with Katrine the same evening.

EPISODE 10 – THE FIRST TUESDAY IN OCTOBER

Birgitte Nyborg’s government is facing a severe test shortly before the annual opening of parliament: the opinion poll ratings for the Moderates are the worst in a long time, while the Labour Party is surging forward, and therefore pushing Birgitte to obtain more influence. Meanwhile, her family is breaking up – she and Phillip are at home by turns, but are not speaking to each other.

Kasper is struggling to get Birgitte’s opening speech ready on time, but lacks inspiration. So does Katrine, who does not expect to be allowed to return to TV1. Suddenly, however, she gets the chance when Kasper arranges for her to do a portrait of the prime minister on TV1, in which Birgitte and Phillip are to act the part of a happily married couple. The portrait is Kasper’s invention, to let Birgitte quash the rumours of a pending divorce and win better poll ratings. Birgitte is unenthusiastic about the idea, but agrees, provided that Kasper arranges for the prime minister to have the right to edit the portrait – a clear breach with all customary media practice.

Cast:

Sidse Babett Knudsen as Birgitte Nyborg

Birgitte Hjørt Sørensen as Katrine Fønsmark

Pilou Asbæk as Kasper Juul

Lars Mikkelsen as Søren Ravn

Soren Malling as Torben Friis

Mikael Birkkjær as Philip Christensen

Benedikte Hansen as Hanne Holm

Lars Knutzon as Bent Sejrø

Freja Riemann as Laura Christensen

Thomas Levin as Ulrik Mørch


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Birgitte is 40 years old, holds a degree in political science, and serves as head of the centrist Moderate party. She is an intelligent, idealistic, and engaged politician who has succeeded in maintaining the party’s credibility and solidarity despite a less-than-desirable result in the last parliamentary election. She is happily married to Philip.

Sidse Babett Knudsen has had a varied career working in theatre, television and film. Her screen debut was in 1997 in the improvisational comedy called Let’s Get Lost, and following this debut is now considered one of the top Danish actresses of her generation.

A man in his late 40’s, Philip Christensen has earned an array of impressive business degrees. He is married to Birgitte, with whom he has two children: Laura and Magnus.

Mikael Birkkjær was raised in Copenhagen and studied at Odense Teater in 1985. Along with his role as Philip, Mikael is also well known for playing Detective Ulrik Strange in 2009 TV series Forbrydelsen.

31-year-old Kasper Juul, a journalist with a Masters in communication, serves as the press advisor to the Moderate Party. Talented, ambitious, and charming, Kasper’s special gift is his ability to slip easily from one context to another – a real social chameleon.

Pilou Asbæk graduated from Statens  Teaterskole  in summer 2008. His role in Borgen has been his biggest to date but he also appeared in one episode of series two of Forbrydelsen, as soldier David Gruner in 2009. 

Katrine Fønsmark is a 28-year-old journalist and anchor at TV1 News. A natural on screen, her ability to bring the debate to the viewer’s eye level has brought her popularity and professional clout.

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen studied at the Danish National School of Theatre and, while there, made her television debut in 2005 with a minor role in The Eagle. In 2013 she came to London and starred in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus as Virgillia. 


Reviews

“Intelligent, believable and with moments of wry humour, Borgen makes for dangerously addictive television” – The Telegraph.

“Borgen is an immensely entertaining, intelligent, witty and sometimes humorous portrayal of a sea of characters finding out when it’s okay to let power control them, and when it’s right for them to control power” – IndieWire.

“Even if the British don’t, the Danes seem to think this last challenge can bring out the best in people, which is why something so finely produced as Borgen has been, at times, inspirational” – The Telegraph.

 


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Synopsis

Birgitte Nyborg has been Denmark’s Prime Minister for two years – years that have severely taken their toll on her private life. She must now balance her role of PM with that of divorcée and single-mother. Politically, she has succeeded in earning the respect of both her political allies and enemies, but tensions between parties are mounting. Denmark’s participation in international wars as well as certain central domestic policy issues are driving a wedge through the parliament and Birgitte is increasingly finding herself having to make increasingly shaky compromises.

SERIES 2: EPISODES 1-10

EPISODE 1- 89,000 CHILDREN

A year has passed since our last glimpse of Birgitte Nyborg, who has been Prime Minister for almost two years now. She has become a respected politician, wise in the ways of the political gambit. Birgitte is visiting soldiers stationed in Afghanistan when their encampment comes under attack, claiming the lives of several soldiers. The time has come to choose: Send the troops home or stage a counter attack. Katrine Fønsmark, now a reporter at the Ekspres, approaches the father of one of the fallen soldiers in order to write a story with a personal angle rather than attacking the Prime Minister as her boss, Laugesen, demands. Kasper Juul divides his time between his job as the PM’s spin-doctor and his new girlfriend, Lotte, who is a journalist.

EPISODE 2-IN BRUSSELS NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM

Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg is about to appoint a new EU commissioner. Her old mentor, Sejrø, is an obvious candidate but refuses Birgitte’s offer as he feels she is trying to get rid of him. This causes problems for the PM and leads to a tactical power play with serious consequences. Kasper prepares to move into a seaside, designer apartment with new girlfriend, Lotte; but his history with Katrine still haunts him, though they have less contact with each other these days. Katrine and Hanne Holm have become good colleagues, united in their daily battles with their boss, Michael Laugesen, about their journalistic principles. When Sejrø is suddenly taken ill, Birgitte discovers how her protégé, Jakob Kruse, has betrayed her trust, and nominates him as commissioner instead.

 EPISODE 3-THE LAST WORKER

Birgitte’s government prepares to present a new reform package — “A Common Future” — which is being polished at a political seminar. But there is unrest in Labour when party leader Bjørn Marrot comes under personal attack in the media. Birgitte senses a rebellion brewing, and the seminar dissolves in chaos. Meanwhile, pressure grows on the home front, where Phillip has a new girlfriend. Katrine covers the political seminar for Laugesen, who has his own agenda, as it becomes clear that senior Labour minister Hans Christian Thorsen is working behind the scenes to make life difficult for Marrot. Marrot’s working-class principles appear outdated in the new coalition environment and he is forced to resign.

EPISODE 4-BATTLE READY

After Bjørn Marrot’s exit, Höxenhaven steps up his profile as the new party leader, taking the opportunity to exploit the turn of events when pirates hijack a Danish ship off Somalia’s coast. Höxenhaven diverts attention from Birgitte, who badly needs a success story. Meanwhile, compromising photos of Höxenhaven with a male lover turn up at the Ekspres. Laugesen wants to print them, but Katrine is sceptical. Katrine and Hanne discover how Laugesen has set up Höxenhaven in revenge for his manoeuvring Laugesen out of the party leadership, and refuse to participate in the exposure, but Laugesen approaches Höx in person, resulting in the latter going to Birgitte to hand in his resignation.

EPISODE 5-PLANT A TREE

Birgitte Nyborg’s government is about to negotiate the environmental element of the new reform package, “A Common Future”. Birgitte wants a multi-party agreement and attempts to get the Liberals on board, but the Green leader, Amir Dwian, is unwilling to compromise. Kasper suggests leaking information about Amir’s ownershp of a vintage car, but the press reaction goes far beyond what she had intended, culminating in the Greens pulling out of the coalition and Amir resigning as an MP. Katrine receives the offer of a high-profile job as spin doctor to Hesselboe, which puts her personal beliefs to the test; she agrees on condition that the Freedom Party, led by the detestable Svend Åge Saltum, will have no part in a future Liberal-led coalition; when Hesselboe breaks his word, Katrine returns to her job as a TV1′s news anchor, and persuades Torben Friis to have Hanne Holm taken on as well.

EPISODE 6-THEM AND US

Just as Birgitte’s new government is getting back on track after the Green Party’s exit, internal strife erupts among coalition partners, as Svend Åge Saltum submits a bill to lower the age of criminal responsibility to 12 years. Birgitte is shocked by Kasper’s violent reaction to Saltum’s campaign. Meanwhile, her daughter Laura is recovering from a panic attack, but Birgitte refuses to accept Cecilie’s suggestion of antidepressant medication until she has spoken to the psychiatrist in person. Things begin to look bad for the coalition when Saltum is assaulted by an under-age youth, and a parliamentary debate on Saltum’s bill can only be won if the government can come up with better alternative wording.

EPISODE 7-WHAT IS LOST INWARDLY MUST BE GAINED OUTWARDLY (PART ONE)

Birgitte’s government is losing steam and having difficulty passing legislation. As opinion polls indicate that the coalition will lose the next election, financier Joachim Crohne approaches her to intervene in an African republic where civil war is interfering with his oil business. At first Birgitte rejects Crohne’s suggestion that she put herself forward as an intermediary, but she changes her mind after Saltum criticises government policies on immigration. Having persuaded Amir to join the peace mission, and supported by Bent Sejrø, Birgitte secretly travels to Africa (leaving the children in the care of their father) and successfully negotiates with both sides, initiating peace talks that will take place back in Denmark. Kasper’s attempt to keep the visit a secret are uncovered by Katrine, who is highly suspicious of Danish business interests in Africa, but Hanne explains to her why she should not use the information.

EPISODE 8-WHAT IS LOST INWARDLY MUST BE GAINED OUTWARDLY (PART TWO)

The leaders of North and South Kharun arrive in Copenhagen for peace talks, but almost immediately news arrives of an outbreak of hostilities in a disputed border region. Bent Sejrø persuades South Kharun to stay in Copenhagen, then negotiations are threatened again by the news that China is sending military helicopters to North Kharun which will enable them to win the war outright. Birgitte pleads with the Chinese, apparently to no avail, but they relent and the talks continue. Meanwhile, Hanne and Katrine discover that businessman Mikkelsen is involved in ethnic cleansing in Kharun. He diverts them by providing evidence that North Kharun has been cheating the South out of oil revenues, information that threatens the talks once again.

EPISODE 9-THE SANCTITY OF PRIVATE LIFE

Laura’s illness has worsened over the past few months, and Birgitte feels guilty. When Laura’s psychiatrist suggests admitting her to a private hospital, Birgitte and Phillip immediately agree, but Birgitte’s own tax reforms force her to pay out of pocket instead of using insurance; nevertheless, the media find out about the hospital and Laugesen accuses her of hypocrisy. Katrine has told her boss Friis about her relationship with Kasper, and fears it will adversely affect her career, but Friis allows her to interview the prime minister on live television. Rather than backing off, the media become more intrusive, and the hospital manager asks Birgitte and Phillip to remove Laura in order to avoid trauma to the other patients. Birgitte asks for a delay of 24 hours, during which she makes a shock decision to take leave from her role as prime minister in order to concentrate on her family.

EPISODE 10-AN EXTRAORDINARY REMARK

In the season finale, Birgitte is on a month leave from her post as prime minister to focus on family, and Hans-Christian Thorsen, Labor Party chairman, has positioned himself to be her possible successor. Birgitte is torn about whether or not she will return to work. Meanwhile, as Kasper and Katrine hunt for apartments together, their plan is derailed by an argument about the possibility of having children. Will one of them relent?

Cast:

Sidse Babett Knudsen as Birgitte Nyborg

Birgitte Hjørt Sørensen as Katrine Fønsmark

Pilou Asbæk as Kasper Juul

Lars Mikkelsen as Søren Ravn

Soren Malling as Torben Friis

Mikael Birkkjær as Philip Christensen

Benedikte Hansen as Hanne Holm

Lars Knutzon as Bent Sejrø

Freja Riemann as Laura Christensen

Thomas Levin as Ulrik Mørch


Videos
Borgen Season 1 trailer play video Borgen Season 1 trailer
Borgen Season 2 trailer play video Borgen Season 2 trailer
Borgen Season 3 trailer play video Borgen Season 3 trailer
Nordicana 2014 - Interview with Sidse Babett Knudsen play video Nordicana 2014 - Interview with Sidse Babett Knudsen

Brigitte’s life has changed dramatically since the last series, both at work and at home. Philip and herself are now apart and he even has a new girlfriend. Her daughter falls ill and Brigitte blames herself for not being there for her children. She is now more respected at work and become wise in the ways of political gambit

Sidse Babett Knudsen has had a varied career working in theatre, television and film. Her screen debut was in 1997 in the improvisational comedy called Let’s Get Lost, and following this debut is now considered one of the top Danish actresses of her generation.

Katrine is still working for TV1 as their main news anchor in series two, however she is coerced into becoming a spin doctor to Hesselboe at one point, puting her personal beliefs to the test. When she discovers all is not what she hoped she reutunrs to her old job.

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen studied at the Danish National School of Theatre and, while there, made her television debut in 2005 with a minor role in The Eagle. In 2013 she came to London and starred in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus as Virgillia. 


Reviews

“Intelligent, believable and with moments of wry humour, Borgen makes for dangerously addictive television” – The Telegraph.

“Borgen is an immensely entertaining, intelligent, witty and sometimes humorous portrayal of a sea of characters finding out when it’s okay to let power control them, and when it’s right for them to control power” – IndieWire.

“Even if the British don’t, the Danes seem to think this last challenge can bring out the best in people, which is why something so finely produced as Borgen has been, at times, inspirational” – The Telegraph.


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Synopsis

Two and half years on from Series 2, Birgitte is traveling the world out of politics when suddenly the changing Moderate Party makes her want to return. The problem is, Krause, who is now the leader of the party and does not welcome here return. Sojro however tells Birgitte to oust Krause as a leader. Plotting a masterplan Birgitte hires Kathrine in order to get the votes together so Birgitte could once again become the leader of the Moderate Party.

EPISODE 1-A CHILD OF DENMARK

Two and a half years after the events of Season 2, Birgitte is a lecturer and board member of a corporation. The Moderate Party is now led by Kruse, whose coziness with the Hesselboe government leads Birgitte to reenter politics and challenge him for the party leadership. She fails on a close vote and plans to form a new party. Meanwhile, Katrine has split from Kasper and is raising her son with the help of her own mother. She takes leave from TV1 to become Birgitte’s media consultant. Torben meets Alex Hjort, the new ratings-conscious head of TV1.

EPISODE 2-THE LAND IS BUILT ON LAW

Birgitte assembles the founding members of her New Democratic party: the young Moderate MP Nete, her former education minister Jon, and (after some reluctance) the New Right deputy leader Erik Hoffman (who opposes the recent anti-immigrant legislation). Nete warns Birgitte that Jon is not to be trusted politically. Bent maintains his loyalty to the Moderates over his friendship with Birgitte, and attempts to broker a settlement with Kruse that would make her deputy leader but she refuses. Alex’s wooing of Katrine to return to TV1 turns into a one-night stand; Torben is greatly offended to learn of this. When her mother calls her an irresponsible parent, Katrine refuses further child-care help. After the press conference announcing the party’s formation, Bent asks to join as well.

EPISODE 3-THE RIGHT SHADE OF BROWN

The New Democrats attract a mass of volunteers, many with single-issue agendas. Jon gets a large contribution from a banker, but Birgitte returns it when she discovers that Jon’s proposed new financial policy includes concessions to the banker’s wishes. Torben starts a business show at Alex’s suggestion; when Alex objects to a new commentator’s negative tone, Torben fires her and incites a staff revolt. The New Democrats enlist the commentator, who is of Pakistani ancestry, to be their immigration spokesperson until they discover her own rather conservative views on immigration. Katrine finds herself attracted to Kasper as they bond through shared parenting, and is frustrated when he does not reciprocate.

EPISODE 4-THEIR LOSS…

When Birgitte’s English boyfriend Jeremy is taken ill at a restaurant, the New Democrats are able to manipulate the resulting media coverage into a debate with Svend-Age over animal welfare and safety in the Danish pork industry. The end result is a crack in the governing coalition and public recognition of the new party by Hesselboe. Katrina uses her pig farmer brother as a source of information, but when this becomes public they become estranged. Torben defies Alex over the use of graphic images in the story, risking his job but earning appreciation from Pia. Katrina and Kasper clash, ostensibly over child care issues but actually over her awareness of his promiscuity.

EPISODE 5-THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY

The parliament considers a bill against prostitution after a scandal about sex trade. All parties are in favor of this proposal but the New Democrats want time to investigate the matter more thoroughly. Jeremy reveals that he visits prostitutes and Birgitte ponders her own point of view after this confession. Meanwhile Torben commits adultery with a colleague on TV1. In the end, the proposal is dismissed after revelations that the pressure group behind the bill amassed many subsidies through fraud.

EPISODE 6-SONS OF THE PAST

The Red Scare is evidently alive and well. When Birgitte scouts a non-politician to run for parliament on her party’s ticket, the political newbie gets a lesson in mudslinging straight out of the gate. His opponents and the media dig up dirt about his Communist past. As summed up by Thomas Jefferson’s wise words in the episode opener: “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”

EPISODE 7-THE FALL

The New Democrats are invited to join a broad coalition of opposition parties. However, the New Democrats have no say in the electoral program as she can only sign the deal or walk away. In a joint press conference Birgitte is relegated to nodding. Nete watches in horror as the press conference progresses.

EPISODE 8-IF YOU NEVER CHANGE YOUR MIND

Birgitte Nyborg fears the New Democrats will not win the elections if they are a minor player in the coalition of the opposition. She decides the New Democrats have to make their own stand and she announces she leaves the coalition. Meanwhile the Moderates seem to have similar propositions as the New Democrats and Birgitte suspects there is a mole in the inner circle. It is revealed that Nete betrayed Birgitte because she appeared weak when she joined the coalition.

EPISODE 9-SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

The opinion polls seem to give the New Democrats five seats for the coming election. Birgitte is quite confident her strategy is working out. The difference with the Moderates is not that apparent for most voters. In a debate of ‘moderate parties’ she decides to boldly attack Jacob Kruse. In the general debate on TV1 Jacob Kruse eventually lashes out against Birgitte Nyborg and does not manage to recover from this mistake.

EPISODE 10-THE ELECTION

The Moderates lose the election after Kruse’s outburst against Nyborg during the last debate on TV1. The New Democrats manage to capture 13 seats and are needed for a majority in parliament. Both the Red (left-leaning) and Blue (right-leaning) coalition try to pull the New Democrats into their government. Birgitte tries to negotiate but does not have a preference for either coalition. The vice-chairwoman of the Freedom party wants to join the Red coalition and Birgitte is asked again to support them. She is offered the post of Prime Minister.

Cast:

Sidse Babett Knudsen as Birgitte Nyborg

Birgitte Hjørt Sørensen as Katrine Fønsmark

Pilou Asbæk as Kasper Juul

Lars Mikkelsen as Søren Ravn

Soren Malling as Torben Friis

Mikael Birkkjær as Philip Christensen

Benedikte Hansen as Hanne Holm

Lars Knutzon as Bent Sejrø

Freja Riemann as Laura Christensen

Thomas Levin as Ulrik Mørch


Videos
Borgen Season 1 trailer play video Borgen Season 1 trailer
Borgen Season 2 trailer play video Borgen Season 2 trailer
Borgen Season 3 trailer play video Borgen Season 3 trailer
Nordicana 2014 - Interview with Sidse Babett Knudsen play video Nordicana 2014 - Interview with Sidse Babett Knudsen

Now no longer the Prime Minister, Brigitte is a lecturer and boars member of a corporation. She plans to form a new party: The New Democrats. She also has a new English boyfriend named Jeremy.

Katrine has split from Kasper and is raising her son with the help of her mother. She leaved TV1 to become Birgitte’s media consultant. she is however one night wooed to return to TV1 by Alexa, the station’s new head, which ultimately results in a one night stand. Her love life is further confused whenshe begins to develop feelings for Kasper again but which he does  not reciprocate.

Torben is the reliable, successful head of news at TV1 and pretty much in control of his deparment and his people. His strong news team still consist of Ulrik, Katrine, Hanne, Dan and Pia. Torben is on the verge of promotion when the big bosses announce a complete restructure of the TV station.

 Instead of promotion, Torben finds himself with a new boss who certainly does not make life any easier for him. The values reflected by his news programmes have to be rejigged, which causses him no little anguish. Meanwhile he is working more and more closely with Pia as he struggles to tackle his new boss.

Reviews

“Intelligent, believable and with moments of wry humour, Borgen makes for dangerously addictive television” – The Telegraph.

“Borgen is an immensely entertaining, intelligent, witty and sometimes humorous portrayal of a sea of characters finding out when it’s okay to let power control them, and when it’s right for them to control power” – IndieWire.

“Even if the British don’t, the Danes seem to think this last challenge can bring out the best in people, which is why something so finely produced as Borgen has been, at times, inspirational” – The Telegraph.


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