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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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Cast

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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Production Co:

DR Fiktion See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

The far-left Solidarity Collective (Solidarisk Samling) party in the series is based on the Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten). 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Natholdet - med Anders Breinholt: Simon Kvamm (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Borgen Main Titles
Written & performed by Halfdan E
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High quality viewing experience
6 February 2012 | by xeverinSee all my reviews

I have seen series one (i.e. episodes 1-10).

This drama portrays the parallel developments in the formation of a new government in Denmark, and the activities of the major TV company TV1 where we see the newsroom. In each case there is a strong female lead seeking to balance the demands of ethics and principle, against the realities of their day-to-day working lives. There is also considerable coverage of how the demands of politics affects the home life of the first female prime minister.

The spin doctor character provides a direct link between these two worlds (as the PM's adviser, and as the ex-boyfriend of the journalist).

The writing was very sharp (perhaps particularly in the first half of the series). I don't think the political elements are as unrealistic as some seem to be claiming, but neither is it a documentary and clearly some aspects ring more true than others. The episode concerning Greenland I know had many people reaching for information about that topic.

Appointment viewing for the 5 weeks over which it was shown in the UK.


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