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Borgen - Series 1 [DVD]

Sidse Babett Knudsen , Birgitte Hjort Sørensen , Adam Price    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Johan Philip Asbæk, Mikael Birkkjær, Søren Malling
  • Directors: Adam Price
  • Format: PAL, Box set
  • Language: Danish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow / Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 580 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005X9LJBM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,749 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The international success of Danish thriller The Killing, and its subsequent American remake, opened many people’s eyes to the quality of Scandinavian drama. The first series of political thriller Borgen was, consequently, one of the first to capitalise on it.

It comes from the producers of The Killing, as it happens, but the similarities between it and Borgen aren’t that plentiful. Rather than crime, Borgen focuses on the Danish Parliament, and the people within it. Of particular interest is the country’s first female Prime Minister, Birgitte Nyborg Christensen, who comes to power off the back of a heavy victory. As she soon discovers, though, the pressures of government are very different. This densely plotted, twisty, compelling drama takes time and diligence in exploring this, and soon becomes extremely absorbing.

Laced with the same intelligence, depth and commitment of The Killing, Borgen richly rewards those willing to look further afield for their television drama. Those going in expecting the same thing they’ve been served up before, though, might just be disappointed, not least because the subject matter is different.

But the quibbles aimed in the direction of Borgen are mild at best. For ultimately, the ten episodes of this first series, which are willing to explore both the politics and families within Danish government, are gripping, compulsive television drama. From start to finish, it’s a terrific series, and long may it continue. --Jon Foster

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Borgen is a drama sensation from the producers of the acclaimed series The Killing. Following the intricate and complicated lives of politicians, media spinners and the reporters who feed off their triumphs and failures, Borgen uncovers a world of political and personal intrigue. The setting is Borgen, the nickname for Denmark's Parliamentary building, otherwise known as "The Castle". After scoring her party a landslide victory through her idealism and work ethic, the smart and sexy populist Birgitte Nyborg now faces the biggest dilemma of her life. The question is: Will she succumb to pressure of compromise on her ideals and face consequences both on and off the political stage?

"Simply unmissable" *****--The Times
"Intriguing from the start, deftly paced and retains interest throughout" *****--The Financial Times
"Why can't we [the UK] make political dramas this gripping and sexy?" *****--The Independent
"Absorbing drama with a captivating performance from Knudson, possibly the most fully rounded female character on TV" - *****-- The Independent
"Birgitte Nyborg is the best thing since The Killing's Sarah Lund"--The Guardian

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214 of 220 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars West Wing - Danish style 22 July 2011
After thoroughly enjoying BBC4's Danish winter offering The Killing - Series 1 [DVD] [2010], I thought I'd try another Danish series. Borgen 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, constitutional, financial and media scandals all intertwine to provide hours of decent drama.
Having enjoyed The Killing'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 broadcaster which is always attempting to obtain political scoops.
On a par again with The Killing is the acting - superb! Sidse Babett Knudsen and Pilou Asbæk shine as PM and spin doctor Kasper Juul. Familiar faces from The Killing pop up including Søren Malling (Meyer in The Killing 1) as TV1 editor Torben Friis and briefly Bjarne Henriksen (Theis in The Killing 1) as defence minister Hans Christian Thorsen.
Well written and directed, Borgen is a treat. The Killing 2 fans will recognise Birgitte's husband Philip Christensen played by Mikael Birkkjær. Birkkjær played Ulrik Strange in The Killing - Series 2 [DVD] in late 2011 on BBC4.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars West Wing for a Europhile 3 Nov 2012
Will you like this series?
If you like the West Wing, and like European affairs - go for this. Initially I thought it was a pale comparison to West Wing in terms of context, drama and intrigue - but by Episode 2 I was gripped. This is West Wing for Europeans! The political and personal intrigue are fantastically played out against a Danish current affairs context. You might think the political setting is not as dramatic as The Killing - but don't be fooled!

Isn't Danish politics a bit off the pace?
Absolutely not: first of all, the politics is just a backdrop for the aforementioned interpersonal drama. The number of parties in Denmark was a little tough to get my head round, but then the UK and US are a bit boring in this regard! Secondly, the political context and plots touch on topics relevant to any Western democracy: drugs, Afghanistan, corruption are highly relevant more broadly. I'm from the UK and think my country could learn a lot from Scandiavian countries!

Will the subtitles and Danish language put me off?
Depends if you have tried it before. It's not that difficult really - and you might learn some useful words!

I would suggest reading Mikey Eurocimes review.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does power corrupt? 4 Feb 2012
By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER
Borgen is an absorbing Danish political drama in which each episode focuses on a different issue, as we trace the path of Birgitte Nyborg, the party leader who unexpectedly finds herself in the position to form a coalition government. Bearing in mind that the Danes are used to this form of government, the wheeler-dealing and spinning involved suggests a certain tongue-in-cheek mix of humour and cynicism over their political system. To be honest, I am not sure "Borgen" is a good advertisement for coalitions!

The series introduces non-Danes to some interesting problems, such as relationships with Greenland which has clearly suffered socially from a leaching of its population and a lack of local opportunity. There are also the more familiar topics of sexual equality for women, reducing pollution, corruption in high places, and attempts to control the media.

The characters are mainly strongly developed, with an on-off relationship between two ambitious, attractive characters: on one hand the cynical spin doctor Kasper who is too good for Nyborg not to employ, and on the other the photogenic TV presenter Katrine who cares deeply about free speech and exposing the truth, except, of course in her personal life.

At first, Nyborg's family life seems too good to be true: a handsome husband who has put his career on hold to be the prime carer of their two children. I feared for a few episodes that the series would degenerate into an admittedly well-acted and entertaining soap, but the later episodes gradually inject a darker side, as Nyborg is perhaps inevitably changed by the experience of power.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Borgen Brilliant 14 Jan 2012
By Andrew
All I have to say this is fantastic-- a rich - diverse - political twists and trists. More of this wonderfully refreshing Television from Europe is needed. And well done to BBC Four for showing it in the UK. Borgen - Brilliant- beautifully - bodacious beginning to end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars honest, compelling, courageous 19 Mar 2012
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After so many weasely series that duck hard issues or adopt the far-right agenda, this came as a breath of fresh air. Not only does Borgen seem real (Denmark did get a female PM later), some very difficult things are addressed head on. And the resolutions are based in the notion of individual dignity and mutual respect. Cultural polarization increases as resources per capita shrink. This is the sort of media art that gives me hope for future generations. Now, why does Borgen II (for which I am still checking my mail) cost twice as much?
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Wow! Missed these on TV, but many friends have recommended them, hence this investment. Well, well worth the money.
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