Saturday, 2 February 2013

Bye Bye Borgen

Tonight sees the final 2 episodes of Borgen series 2 air on BBC4, which means it'll probably be another year before we get to see it again, with series 3. As with series 1 last year I have been absolutely hooked these past 5 weeks thanks to BBC4's double billing each Saturday night from 9pm to 11pm. I will, quite controversially perhaps, claim that this is the finest Danish export we have been treated to, yes even better than The Killing. I love the political machinations, seeing how parties interact and what similarities, good and bad, there are between government here and government there. I also love the human aspect of the show as States Minister Birgitte tries to juggle her family and her personal life with her endlessly demanding professional one. She is excellently played by Sidse Babett Knudsen.

I will also miss once again the beautiful Birgitte Hjort Sorensen as the intrepid journalist Katrine, whom I have quite a crush on.

But, the good news is as one excellent foreign language drama comes to a close, we have the return next Saturday of another; the excellent French thriller Spiral which will commence its 4th series on BBC4. WOO! I love Spiral for its graphic gritty depiction of crime and the search for justice in a Paris you seldom see in fiction. Plus, it also helps that like Borgen, Spiral has an absolutely gorgeous actress in the mix. The divine Audrey Fleurot 


  1. I'm afraid I have to disagree with you on this one Mark.

    Despite being an avid viewer of series one, I gave up on series 2 of Borgen after episode 4 and won’t be returning. I found Birgitte Sorensen a deeply unpleasant and unsympathetic character. I was irritated by the fact that every episode worked out perfectly for her by the end, I found her scheming and manipulative treatment of her children and ex-husband to be somewhat unsettling, and I despised the fact that she took every opportunity to bully her political allies into agreeing with her by disingenuously arguing that they should be prepared to compromise.

    Despite the high Scandinavian babe quota, and glorious production values, Borgen is off my list for good. Whilst I definitely preferred The Killing, my favourite by a long way was The Bridge, now that was seriously good drama.

    Looking forward to Spiral though.


    1. No worries, each to their own. Wouldn't do for us all to like the same thing. To be honest, I agree with your opinion of Birgitte this year, but I found it key to her character journey, as the professional political life has started to take over and make her lose sight of who she really is, as well as losing or mistreating and compromising those close to her. She may be succeeding politically, but at what cost? I'm playing the long game with this.

  2. PS, The Bridge was absolutely outstanding...and I shudder to think what the forthcoming (and very pointless) Co-British and French remake will be like :( To say nothing of the proposed US/Mexico remake too!

  3. proposed US/Mexico remake! The mind boggles.

  4. Doesn't it just? It's still early stages for that one though, whereas our remake 'The Tunnel' is all signed and sealed, ready to start.

    Interestingly Borgen tonight focused on just what Birgitte had lost, when her daughter suffered a breakdown. She put her on a private clinic which the press had a field day about, hounding the poor teenage girl. At the close of the first ep tonight, Birgitte resolved to take a temp hiatus from PM duties, which will in the long run nix her popularity and strengthen the opposition. The underlying message of S2 seems to be that you can't have an even balance between private and professional life.

  5. Borgen was one of my favourite TV series.