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A riveting drama about Denmark's search for an EU commissioner? It can only be Borgen

Quiz question: who is the UK's representative to the European Union? Mandy? Duh, not any more. It's Catherine Ashton of course, Baroness Ashton of Upholland; you knew that … well, unless you're any of my colleagues on a supposedly serious national newspaper.

Perhaps Michael Laugesen, editor of the tabloid Express newspaper here in Borgen (BBC4, Saturday), is right when he says no one is interested in the EU, that "it's too complicated and unsexy." And yet his reporter Katrine Fønsmark then sets out to prove him wrong – as does this episode itself, the second of a double bill opening series two of the Nordic political drama, Denmark's West Wing.

Part one is easier to identify with: the war in Afghanistan, the deaths of young soldiers, statsminister Birgitte Nyborg's dilemma about whether to reinforce or pull out, »

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