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West Wing - Danish style
on August 15, 2011
After thoroughly enjoying the original Danish version of The Killing (Forbrydelsen), I thought I'd try another Danish series. Borgen (Government) is made by the same company DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation) that produced The Killing. The series comprises ten x one hour long episodes which delve into the whole world of Danish government. The series encompasses the challenges which face Denmark's first female prime minister Birgitte Nyborg Christensen. Birgitte's homelife, the sacrifices made at home, her relationship with ministers in her coalition government, as well as typical defence, financial, media scandals all intertwine to provide hours of decent drama.
Having enjoyed Forbrydelsen's depiction of Copenhagen city coalition politics, this series features politics on a national level and we see the surprise result of the election, mishaps by rival Conservative and Labour parties, the secret world of Nyborg's spin doctor in addition to the TV1 broacaster which is always attempting to obtain political scoops.
On a par again with Forbrydelsen is the acting - superb! Sidse Babette Knudsen and Pilou Asbæk shine as PM and spin doctor Kasper Juul. Familiar faces from Forbrydelsen pop up including Søren Malling (Meyer in Forbrydelsen) as TV1 editor Torben Friis and Bjarne Henriksen (Theis in Forbrydelsen) as defence minister Hans Christian Kongsmark.
Well written and directed, Borgen is a treat. Forbrydelsen fans should keep an eye on Birgitte's husband Philip Christensen played by Mikael Birkkjær. Birkkjær plays a major role in Forbrydelsen 2. Asbæk also stars on Forbrydelsen 2.
This set with English subtitles also sells for less than $45 on any online Swedish DVD site.