Danish Political Drama Borgen A Winner

The major US television networks are busy remaking hit international television shows these days. They’re doing it with movies, too: take for example The Tourist and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But LinkTV, which is sadly only available via satellite, is showing a particular foreign television show called Borgen (Danish for “government”). It’s not even dubbed, it’s subtitled! And it’s fantastic.

Borgen is a fast-paced Danish political drama from the creators of The Killing (another Americanized show that, according to some friends, isn’t very good). The show centers around Birgitte Nyborg (as portrayed by Sidse Babett Knudsen), the country’s first female prime minister and her trials and tribulations of everyday politics and maintaining her family life. But in this modern media-obsessed world, the show also focuses heavily on Katrine Fønsmark (Birgitte Hjort Sørensen), a popular journalist who covers the political sphere. The man that ties them together is Kasper Juul (Pilou Asbæk), Nyborg’s spin doctor and Fønsmark’s ex-boyfriend/inside source.

The show pulls viewers in as it moves quickly through the Danish political world. The story lines are dramatic and push the limits but, as they say, truth is sometimes stranger than fiction and there’s no ground that the show’s covered that seems inauthentic or whims of fantasy.

Meanwhile as I wax poetic about the show, it’s busy scooping up international awards such as the 2012 BAFTA for best international show. Of course, with all that success Hollywood inevitably comes knocking. Deadline.com is reporting that NBC is planning to do an Americanized remake of the show.

Forget about that. Focus on the original. LinkTV is currently airing season two of the show on Sunday evenings, with individual episodes available for streaming to the US on their website.


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