I am so enjoying Borgen (pronounced, by Danish friends tell me “Born” with a bit of a swallow in the middle where the ‘g’ is). And a huge reason for my pleasure is the performance of the luminously beautiful Sidse Babett Knudsen, who plays Birgitte Nyborg, leader of the (fictional) Moderate Party, who becomes Denmark’s first (fictional) female prime minister.
Clever, complicated and utterly compelling, she’s no Margaret Thatcher. She’s much more the sort of groundbreaking female PM that many of us dreamed of having. For a start her politics are magnificently liberal (think President Bartlett, on a bike, without God). Secondly, she’s a thoroughly decent human being. And thirdly, she is operating as prime minister in a nightmarishly complicated coalition, which requires the patience and diplomacy of a saint and the ability to juggle ninety balls in the air at once.
There is so much to enjoy in Borgen (which means castle or fortress, and is the Danish slang for their parliament building).
- Lots of scandals involving sex, infidelity and money
- A great baddy in the form of slick, scheming Michael Laugesen
- Vast plates of Danish pastries in meetings (oh leave me alone, I found it funny)
- Ubiquitous bicycles which have right of way over cars, with even young children taking themselves off to school on them
- A gripping portrayal of a marriage, with kids, in which both adults are trying to be egalitarian and fair under massively increasing pressure
- Fascinating interplay between TV journalists, spin doctors and politicians
- Real looking actors of all ages, some a bit overweight, with crap teeth. Very reassuring
Just loads of good stuff really. But best of all is the wonderful character of Birgitte Nyborg in her sexy boots and wonderful scarves.
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