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Borgen (10:10)

Birgitte (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Phillip (Mikael Birkkjær).

Foto: Mike Kollöffel, DR © Type 1


Borgen synopsis season 1

"The Government" is a drama series about the fight for political power in Denmark today - and about the personal sacrifices and consequences that this fight has for those involved on and behind the political stage.

The central figure is the 40-year old political leader Birgitte Nyborg, who through her idealism and huge effort secures her party a landslide victory and thus faces the biggest challenge of her life: how most effectively to use the newly won seats, and how far she is willing to go in order to gain as much influence as possible. Privately, Birgitte leads a happy family life with her husband and two children. She is a woman with a burning commitment, a big heart and too little time. But will she be able to be a successful and professional top politician and stay true to herself at the same time?

Among the many important people in Birgitte Nyborg's professional life is her media adviser, Kasper Juul, who is one of the most talented in the business. However, he is also a cynic with no illusions, who needs to start believing in the messages which it is his job to impart.

Another significant character is Katrine Fønsmark: a political journalist working for a large public service television station. Her screen charm and her ability to bring the debate to the viewers' eye level have quickly earned her popularity and clout, but in her personal life she is rootless and confused.

"The Government" has a large gallery of characters and deals with many different aspects in the political, the journalistic, and the private spheres.

Adam Price is the main author, and he is assisted by Tobias Lindholm and Jeppe Gjervig Gram, who are the main episode authors. Søren Kragh-Jakobsen is creative director, Lasse Frank is creative photographer, while Søren Gam is responsible for production design. Halfdan E will be composing the music, and Camilla Hammerich is producer.


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Borgen synopsis season 3

We meet a very different Birgitte Nyborg (Sidse Babett Knudsen) in the third season than the person we last saw speaking from the lectern in parliament.


Borgen synopsis season 2

A castle imprisons and excludes; it also protects. A castle is itself a symbol of power. GOVERNMENT is also the story of a castle that houses - in addition to the body of parliament - a self-contained universe with its own laws and unwritten rules


Borgen synopsis season 1

GOVERNMENT is a drama series about the political power play in Denmark today, and about the personal costs and consequences for the players - both on and off the political stage.





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