Sunday, 8 January 2012

The Danes are coming, the Danes are coming!

Actually, they're already here. It's been a long time since Viking raids played short-season appearances along the British coast but this small island is being invaided once again. Only this time we like it.

After the super impressive The Killing and its nearly as good follow-up The Killing II, BBC4 have brought us another series from the Danish broadcaster DR in the shape of Borgen. It's a 10-part series which centres on Copenhagen politics, and has already had double-dealing, blackmail and death. Episodes 1 and 2 were shown on Saturday 7th.

Sidse Babett Knudsen plays Birgitte Nyborg Christensen - the leader of the Moderates Party - who (by the end of episode 2) eventually assumes the Prime Minister role. British viewers of previous DR series will be happy to see both of Sarah Lund's previous side-kicks - Soren Malling and Mikael Birkkjaer, Jan Meyer and Ulrik Strange respectively - in the roles of TV news director Torben Friis, and Birgitte's husband Philip.

It's great to see Soren back on our screens as he made such an impact as Meyer, and refreshing to see Birkkjaer in a good-guy role. 

Borgen is being shown, as two back-to-back episodes, for the next four weeks on BBC4 each Saturday.

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