The Protectors – Series 1

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All ten episodes from the first season of the Emmy award winning Danish drama created by Peter Thorsboe. Jasmina (Cecilie Stenspil), Rasmus (Sren Vejby) and Jonas (Andr Babikian) are the three newest members of the elite Personal Protection Unit based in Copenhagen who are tasked with guarding people recognised as potential targets for terrorist groups, such as members of the royal family or politicians. This series follows them in their day to day as they adjust to the pressures of their new job while trying to maintain balance in their personal lives as well.

Starring:
Ellen Hillingso, Dar Salim
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Protectors – Series 1, The - Disc 1 ages_15_and_over
  • Protectors – Series 1, The - Disc 2 ages_15_and_over
  • Protectors – Series 1, The - Disc 3 ages_15_and_over
Runtime 9 hours 40 minutes
Starring Ellen Hillingso, Dar Salim, Thomas W. Gabrielsson, David Dencik
Director Soren Kragh-Jacobsen, Mikkel Serup
Genres Drama
Studio SPIRIT ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 18 March 2013
Main languages Danish
Subtitles English

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 Nov 2013
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This series ranks at the top of Nordic noir, right alongside the original Killing and The Bridge for its note-perfect performances, devious political plotting and edge-of-seat tension.

The series follows the work of the Danish equivalent of the American secret service; the ever-present guys in dark suits who may have to take a bullet intended for a politician. They also investigate possible terrorist and other threats: if a bomb goes off then it's because they've failed. Over storylines which span two of the hour-long episodes, the series explores the thorny aspects of modern life, both in politics and the real world: so dealing with deaths in warzones abroad; the integration of immigrants into society; the acts of lone radicals or groups of neo-Nazis; the dishonesty and lies between wives, husbands and friends - all wrapped around a solid plot and featuring some riveting performances from its ensemble cast.
The dramatic decisions which face the cast feel lifelike and credible - to arrest suspects early, and forestall an atrocity, or take the risk of a major incident and many casualties if it delivers more of the network and solid convictions. None of this is played out lightly and the razor-sharp dialogue and nuanced performances make it all the more compelling. Not all of The Unit are superheroes; the admin officer suffers very real anxiety as a result of facing extremist threats every day. The development of the relationship between the three new team members is quietly compelling too. Each has his or her own motivation, and the writers don't shy away from showing inter-faith interaction and occasional misunderstandings - the sort which abound in modern, complex urban environments.

Gripping, intelligent and superbly well realised TV drama. My one complaint is that there's obviously far more going on in the dialogue than is translated for the subtitles, so we miss out on some of the smartest parts.
9/10
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Dawn on 9 April 2013
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I enjoyed this series. Each story is told over 2 episodes and there is character development throughout the series. A bit like Spooks in part with the surveillance and bugging. Acting is good with a balanced mix of characters.

Entertaining plot lines, if a bit formulaic, and in some instances unbelievable (would newly qualified bodyguards really be given such high profile assignments?) There was a greater focus on immigration and integration than I expected. The last story was probably the weakest, but did have the most English spoken if you were getting fed up of subtitles.

Now, it was the subtitles that let this series down. Having lived in Denmark years ago I can still remember some Danish. Most of the subtitling was OK, but it lacked subtlety and in some instances accuracy. On occasion it did not reflect the intricacies of the personal relationships and the plots, which detracted from my enjoyment of the series. Whoever did the subtitling seemed to take a 'less is more' approach, settling for the broad meaning rather than a faithful translation of what was being said. For example in response to a question someone replied in Danish 'good enough' but the translation was 'yes'. Some dialogue wasn't translated at all. I found this very irritating.

The subtitiling for 'The Killing' and 'The Bridge' was much better.

Still if you want some non-demanding entertainment (and don't speak Danish), this is worth watching.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Luke on 16 April 2013
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With great characters you care about, interesting plots, and plenty of suspense, this is a must watch series. some series take ages to get going but this one pulls you in and interests you right from the start.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Mikey TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jan 2013
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Ten episodes of Livvagterne, a Danish series which screened on DR1 during early 2009 revolving around the world of the elite protectors of VIPs, ministers etc in Copenhagen. The three Protectors are relatively unknown even to fans of other recent Danish dramas. Lesser roles and guest stars will have familiar faces including Dar Salim (Borgen: Series 1 & 2 [DVD]), and from The Bridge - BBC Series 1 [DVD] Ellen Hillings and Lars Simonsen among various others. Krniken Complete Series (Better Times) Official Danish release with English subtitles star Maebritt Saerens pops up in my favourite story concerning a satalker. We also get to see one of the UK's finest actresses, Diana Quick as the main focus of a story involving MI5 too.
In keeping with other similar DR series aimed at the whole Danish population at 8pm on Sundays, each episode is an hour long and has acting, cinematography, scripts and directiuon of the highest standard.
Hopefully the concluding series 2 will be available soon.
Subtitles in English for all non-English audio. Most dialogue is in Danish.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms Georgina Boyle on 23 Jun 2013
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A good series.... Worth checking out! Before the killing and the rest, a quality Danish series, with great acting and story lines.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ps99 on 16 July 2013
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Not as good as The Killing but thoroughly good entertainment. The series centres around a team of bodyguards who are an elite arm of the Danish police force. It focuses on their personal lives as well as their investigation but doesn't overwhelm in this like some programs e.g. the Bill which border on being a soap opera. In some ways it is akin to spooks but not as gutsy or as good. The stories are believable but lack a certain depth found in other comparable TV Series. Still I liked it and will buy series 2
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