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Borgen 

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Series (2010–2013)
A political drama about a prime minister's rise to power, and how power changes a prime minister.

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Adam Price
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Series cast summary:
Sidse Babett Knudsen ...  Birgitte Nyborg / ... 30 episodes, 2010-2013
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen ...  Katrine Fønsmark 30 episodes, 2010-2013
Emil Poulsen Emil Poulsen ...  Magnus Christensen 30 episodes, 2010-2013
Freja Riemann Freja Riemann ...  Laura Christensen 30 episodes, 2010-2013
Søren Malling ...  Torben Friis 30 episodes, 2010-2013
Thomas Levin ...  Ulrik Mørch 30 episodes, 2010-2013
Pilou Asbæk ...  Kasper Juul 29 episodes, 2010-2013
Benedikte Hansen ...  Hanne Holm 27 episodes, 2010-2013
Mikael Birkkjær Mikael Birkkjær ...  Philip Christensen 26 episodes, 2010-2013
Anders Juul ...  Simon Bech 26 episodes, 2010-2013
Lisbeth Wulff Lisbeth Wulff ...  Pia Munk 25 episodes, 2010-2013
Kasper Lange Kasper Lange ...  Dan 24 episodes, 2010-2013
Lars Knutzon Lars Knutzon ...  Bent Sejrø 22 episodes, 2010-2013
Søren Spanning Søren Spanning ...  Lars Hesselboe 21 episodes, 2010-2013
Christoph Bastrup Christoph Bastrup ...  Journalist 20 episodes, 2010-2011
Morten Kirkskov ...  Niels Erik Lund 15 episodes, 2010-2013
Bjarne Henriksen ...  Hans Christian Thorsen 15 episodes, 2010-2013
Peter Mygind ...  Michael Laugesen 15 episodes, 2010-2013
Ole Thestrup Ole Thestrup ...  Svend Åge Saltum 14 episodes, 2010-2013
Iben Dorner ...  Sanne 13 episodes, 2010-2011
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Storyline

This Danish drama series follows the intricate and complicated lives of the politicians, media spinners and reporters who feed off their triumphs and failures in 'Borgen' (the Castle) - the nickname for Denmark's parliamentary building. In the first episode, Denmark is preparing for parliamentary elections and Birgitte Nyborg, facing her first election as party leader, decides at the last minute to head in her own direction.

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Drama

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Country:

Denmark

Language:

Danish

Release Date:

29 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gefährliche Seilschaften See more »

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DR Fiktion See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

In 2011 Borgen scooped up two awards at the Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels - Best TV Series and Serials as well as TV Series and Serials: Best Music. See more »

Goofs

When subtitled e.g. in news clips Lars Brygmann's character's name is sometimes spelled "Troels Höxenhaven" and sometimes "Troels Høxenhaven". The letter "ö" does not exist in the Danisch alphabet. It should be "ø" in general. See more »

Crazy Credits

Begivenheder og personer i BORGEN er fiktive - men inspireret af virkeligheden. Serien refererer desuden til historiske personer og hændelser i dansk politik før 1982. = Events and people in BORGEN are fictional - but inspired by reality. The series also refers to historical people and events in Danish politics before 1982. See more »


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Borgen Main Titles
Written & performed by Halfdan E
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Is Borgen convincing?
9 February 2013 | by nickmp1See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of the series, but it probably helps that I'm the only British politician (I was an MP for 13 years) who grew up in Denmark. To complement rather than repeat the other reviews, a few words on how realistic it is.

The multi-party negotiations are entirely plausible - that's how Danish politics works, and there are parties that switch allies from time to time. The balance between idealism and scheming is also really well done - most British and American movies and TV series portray all politicians as ruthless power-mongers, but generally politicians like to think they're doing the right thing, just like anyone else. The character are recognisable types - in particular, the far-right leader is clearly modelled on Mogens Glistrup, the entertaining, folksy and erratic founder of the current Progress Party.

The series is maybe a bit weaker on the big political issues, since it has to tackle something complex in an hour, and an issue like Afghanistan can't really be analysed in any depth in that time. The episode on a thinly-veiled Sudan with the smooth, corrupt Northern leader and the plausible Southern leader with some uncomfortable views is gripping but stereotyped. But it works brilliantly with smaller issues, especially those that interweave with the private lives of the protagonists. Above all, it creates sympathetic yet flawed political figures with a non-political private life, so much more like real politicians than the one-dimensional figures that the media try to make us.


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