A Danish cultural attaché explains that his job of promoting Denmark to the outside world has been made exponentially easier by Borgen and The Killing.
So those now fluent in Danish greetings are preparing to say “tak” for the memories and “hi hi” to Birgitte, to her current and previous spin doctors Katrine Fønsmark and Kasper Juul (not to mention their adorable little boy), to Birgitte’s long-suffering children, the news team at TV1 and not least the glamourpusses and gargoyles across the Danish parliament.Only true Borgen fans will know how much more riveting that could be than it sounds. A later forebear left England in 1795 to become a travelling performer who entertained the tsar, another pops up as a Pierrot painted by Renoir. Singles markranstädt Price’s father John is a feted actor and director in Denmark.Price argues that Nyborg is “a flawed hero and she loses a lot of her humanity on the way”.It hasn’t stopped the audience rooting for her, even when at the start of this series we found her making pots of money on the lecture circuit.
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I think I won them over by appealing to their black public-service heart – ‘Imagine if we can do a series that would actually stir political interest and be entertaining: now that would really be something…’ ” They took the bait.But Borgen’s hypnotic power hasn’t solely rested on the thrill-ride of plots about, say, Danish pork production.(The Christian names are English-sounding to maintain a family tradition.) Price himself was not initially tempted by greasepaint. ’ ” By 24 the poison had worked and Price left law school to join DR’s drama department. “I went directly to law school to become the first black sheep of the family, the first one with a formal education outside the theatre. “At the same time they began to poison my drink with little tasks within their world. He became head of drama at rival TV2 before DR lured him back to create the show of his choice that became Borgen.(That episode in the current series, incidentally, caused sizeable media storms in Denmark. But the way she is very vulnerable at the same time that she’s very convincing was exactly what we wanted.” Part of the appeal of the show is that it gives politicians the benefit of the doubt, even Pollyanna-ishly suggesting that they are somehow heroic in their scruffy beards and T-shirts.
So did the one about prostitution – written by a new female scriptwriter.) Borgen works because of Sidse Babett Knudsen, the star actress who, before she was cast as Nyborg, had a background in comedy. READ our interview with Sidse Babett Knudsen “We tried almost all in that generation,” says Price, “and a lot of the other actresses were too convincing. This would be inconceivable in the UK where we feel compelled to treat our politicians with utmost cynicism, as Michael Deacon explained in the Telegraph earlier this month.Even though Price calls himself “a closet Brit”, the architect boyfriend was not, he insists, a sop to the British audience. Was it a problem that one of the killers ended up married to Nyborg? None were bad but they were just played off the field by Sidse.In fact, it was the French that first fell in love with Borgen. “The fact that it’s about Danish coalition politics is almost the funny cliché you can say about it. There must be a reason why even some British cabinet ministers watch the show. Then along comes [The Killing’s] Mikael Birkkjær and immediately she became a girl.The names of the actors playing these roles are still much less familiar than the faces.But one name always jumps out first as the credits roll.