Borgen (2010–2013)
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Kruse's outburst in the pre-election debate proves fatal to the Moderates and the New Democrats pick up more than double the predicted seats. Suddenly, Birgitte is being courted by both the left and right wing coalition groups.


Jesper W. Nielsen


Adam Price (creator) (as Adam Price), Jeppe Gjervig Gram (story) | 5 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sidse Babett Knudsen ... Birgitte Nyborg
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen ... Katrine Fønsmark
Søren Malling ... Torben Friis
Pilou Asbæk ... Kasper Juul
Mikael Birkkjær Mikael Birkkjær ... Philip Christensen
Emil Poulsen Emil Poulsen ... Magnus Christensen (as Emil Poulsen Dam)
Preben Kristensen ... Mogens Winther
Ricard Lawrence Ricard Lawrence ... Gustav Juul Fønsmark
Alastair Mackenzie ... Jeremy Welsh
Freja Riemann Freja Riemann ... Laura Christensen
Petrine Agger Petrine Agger ... Pernille Madsen
Jens Albinus ... Jon Berthelsen
Marie Askehave ... Benedikte Nedergaard
Jannie Faurschou ... Yvonne Kjær
Kristian Halken Kristian Halken ... Erik Hoffmann


Torben is fired on the morning of election day after refusing to follow Alex's demands, but is reinstated later after his colleagues threaten to strike. Following Kruse's outburst against Nyborg during the last debate on TV1, support for the New Democrats surges on polling day and they manage to capture 13 seats compared to just 5 for the Moderates. Both the Red (left-leaning) and Blue (right-leaning) coalition try to pull the New Democrats into their government as both need the New Democrats to make a majority in parliament. Birgitte is offered the post of Prime Minister with the Red coalition, but this would include the Freedom Party whose anti-immigration policies are diametrically opposed to the values of the New Democrats. Ultimately she decides to join the Blue coalition, and the series ends with Birgitte on her way to Borgen as the new minister of foreign affairs.

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10 March 2013 (Denmark) See more »

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Epigraph: "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln. See more »


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S3: So-so final season, although if you loved the previous 2 then this will probably still do it for you
26 December 2017 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

It was a few years between seasons 2 and 3 of Borgen, and for me watching retrospectively it was also a couple of years; this was not by design but rather due to my lack of excitement for the show. The second season was solid, but it again seemed to live too much on the surface of everything, and while it was enjoyable and had good elements, it felt like wish fulfilment for an audience of a certain political bent (one I share). I watched the third season because it was there, if I am honest. I remembered the ending of the second season, but this isn't picked up so much as skipped forward from. The plot this season sees Birgitte returning from industry for a failed run at leading the Moderates, and when that fails she sets up her own party and the season goes from there.

As a narrative, the season mostly produces the same politics as before - with its liberal slant and element of fantasy in its content and characters. It is interesting but not too engaging as things go. The moments of drama and tension are often undercut by other elements of the plotting or of the delivery. The weaknesses include elements or threads that don't really go anywhere important; mostly these are melodrama around the characters' families, affairs, health, or a combination; they don't impact so much as fill - and while they have some value due to our investment in the characters, that is all that is keeping them up. The performances are solid throughout - although it only really sparks when Knudsen and Sørensen are together. Outside of this not everyone else is firing as they should; in some cases major characters feel like they fitted this season into their schedule of other work. Credit to the many new characters introduced only for this season - they worked pretty well and the cast are mostly to be thanked for that.

As a whole though, this final season is uneven. It does enough for those that loved the previous seasons - but for viewers like myself (who think the show is okay but not more) then it also continues in that vein without shaking much up or challenging for more.

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