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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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2013   2011   2010  
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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

Although a fan of the show, Denmark's real female Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, claimed "I've made a point of not watching Sidse Babett Knudsen too closely just to make sure I'm not too influenced by her. If anything, it sometimes feels more as if life is imitating art." 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 Weekend Weekend: Episode #1.6 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Borgen Main Titles
Written & performed by Halfdan E
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One of the best shows I've ever seen
1 November 2013 | by ludvikjahn1982See all my reviews

I've always liked Danish cinema: the properly written stories, the superb acting and the well developed turns which yet do not seem unbelievable. Having been curios whether the quality I got used to can be attainable in a television show I decided to give Borgen a chance. Now I wish I didn't : I unfortunately became addicted. :) Since others wrote so many things about the first 20 episodes I wish just to continue focusing on the last 10.

I have to admit that I was really afraid of watching the third season. Having read unfavorable opinions I just did not want to spoil the satisfaction which I felt on finishing the second one. But seemingly against all odds I got deeply impressed again. Surely, politics and real world problems occupy sometimes a too big stake with questions getting debated on at a speed one can not easily follow, but the characters remained likable, flesh and blood, and the screenplay do not let them down. Sidse Babett Knudsen's performance is impeccable as always and Brigitte's way towards inventing herself again in politics as well as in personal life provides enough fuel for the story. I can imagine that Danish viewers find some detail exaggerated or too shallow, the presented relations or roles too embellished compared to the reality and the style on some places preaching but I just live in a country where the quality of the politics and the media is extremely low, the people vested with high positions can hardly be revered and the decisions made on governmental level are too often arbitrary. It was therefore interesting to see that there are places where this sector can be approached without any chance of laughter coming from the other side.


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