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Borgen (TV)


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  Borgen (TV) Review
Tookey's Rating
10 /10
 
Average Rating
9.56 /10
 
Starring
Sidse Babett Knudsen , Birgitte Hjort Sorensen , Soren Malling
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Directed by: Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, Louise Friedberg, Jesper W. Nielsen, Mikkel Norgaard, Annette K. Olesen, Rumle Hammerich, Jannik Johansen, Henrik Ruben Genz,Charlotte Sieling
Written by: Adam Price, Jeppe Gjervig Gram, Tobias Lindholm, Maja Jul Larsen, Jannik Tai Mosholt, Maren Louise Kaehne. Created by Adam Price and Jeppe Gjervig Gram

 
 
 
Released: 2010
   
Genre: DRAMA
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Origin: Denmark
   
Length: 0
 
 


 
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I was hooked right from the first minute. Indeed, I am slightly ashamed to admit that I watched all ten episodes within a 24 hour period. No, since you ask, I donít have a life. It was gripping. Iím quite used to watching programmes with subtitles from my time living in Germany, so that part of it didnít bother me at all. Indeed, I hope it has made UK TV executives wake up to all the terrific foreign language programming we are missing out on. Some will say that the plotlines are slightly predictable, and theyíd have a point. Some of the characterisations are also predictable but the quality of acting means this hardly matters. The incestuous relationship between politicians and the media is laid bare for all to see as is the grubby side of coalition politics... Interestingly NBC are to make a US version of Borgen, which leads me to ask why it is that UK broadcasters seem incapable of making multi-episode dramas like this. Borgen and the West Wing treat politics and politicians as forces for good as well as bad. Our broadcasters would reject any script which showed politicians in a good light. It all needs to be about scandal and corruption. Shame on them.
(Iain Dale, DVD Review)
The drawing of Nyborg's family life, and the effect of her success on her husband and kids, is artfully done, smartly avoiding a descent into "having it all" cliches Ė although the second season perhaps suffers from a lack of lightness, rarely showing us the snapshot of an ordinary family coping with an extraordinary job that makes the first so compelling. But while there are duff notes along the way Ė I'm never really convinced by the political storytelling when it leaves Denmark, for instance Ė against all the odds, the minutiae of the country's coalition politics makes for some of Borgen's most compelling episodes. And even when the storytelling falters, Knudsen's central performance does not.
(Vicky Frost, Guardian)
Was it as good as The Killing? Not quite, mainly because parliament isnít as compelling a subject as murder. Crime drama grips because of the driving need to know whodunit. Election whowunits and departmental whorunits arenít as viscerally thrilling. There was also a lot less knitwear. Nyborg did sport some fine gauge cardigans but nothing in the league of Lundís trademark jumper. The Killing wins by a neck. An itchy woollen one.
(Michael Hogan, Daily Telegraph)

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