Borgen, Season 1 (English Subtitles)HDClosed Captioning
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Following the intricate and complicated lives of politicians, media spinners and the reporters who feed off their triumphs and failures, Borgen uncovers a world of political and personal intrigue. The setting is Borgen, the nickname for Denmark's Parliamentary building, otherwise known as "The Castle". After scoring her party a landslide victory through her idealism and work ethic, the smart and sexy populist Birgitte Nyborg now faces the biggest dilemma of her life. The question is: Will she succumb to pressure to compromise her ideals and face the consequences, both on and off the political stage?
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDecency In The Middle||A general election has been called in Denmark. The new leader of the centrist Moderate Party, 40-year-old Birgitte Nyborg Christensen, has quickly gained great popularity among the electorate thanks to her natural manner and sincere humanism. However, Birgitte is under pressure, as her party has not yet declared its support for either of the two obvious candidates for prime minister. Birgitte's campaign is under the firm control of her intelligent, but somewhat cynical, 30-year-old media adviser, Kasper Juul. He is a master of the interface between politics and the media, and exploits his connections. In particular, his connection with the young TV presenter Katrine Fønsmark, with whom he had a relationship three years ago. Katrine is the new face at TV1; she is talented and hard-working, and, like Kasper, she understands how to make use of her connections at "the Castle", as the parliament is known.||58:17||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoCount To 90||In the days following the big landslide election, Birgitte Nyborg Christensen finds herself in the eye of a political storm. Her party, the Moderates, were the principal winners in the election, and Birgitte has been appointed Royal Formateur to lead the inter-party negotiations. Her job now is to bring together a divided parliament and form a new government. This turns out to be a tougher task than Birgitte could ever have imagined. The first day of negotiations results in a painful defeat for Birgitte. Lars Hesselboe of the Liberal Party contemptuously sends a low-ranking party member, and Labour Party leader Michael Laugesen does not attend at all. Birgitte's party vice-chairman and mentor Bent Sejrø stresses that Birgitte needs to start showing courage and decisiveness. All meetings are postponed.||57:48||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Art of the Possible||Two months after Birgitte Nyborg succeeded in forming a government and becoming prime minister, she now faces her greatest challenge yet: the annual state budget. The budget bill must be passed by parliament before they can all take a well-deserved Christmas break. But in the middle of the official press conference, Birgitte is confronted with the news that two members of the Labour Party are refusing to vote for the bill. This is an embarrassing defeat for Birgitte, who is forced to re-open the budget negotiations. At the same time, it becomes ever more obvious that Birgitte will have to find a new media adviser to replace Kasper Juul, whom she fired: Michael Laugesen has become the new editor-in-chief of the Express, and has immediately begun a smear campaign against Birgitte. Birgitte acts swiftly and hires Tore Gudme, who is an associate professor in Rhetoric, and a handsome young man.||58:03||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideo100 Days||Katrine Fønsmark is offered the greatest journalistic scoop of her career when she is contacted by an anonymous source in the Defence Intelligence Service. He shows her pictures of CIA detainees leaving an aircraft at Thule Air Base in Greenland – proof that the US has conducted prisoner renditions on Danish soil! The revelations come at a very bad time for Birgitte, who has now been in office for almost 100 days and therefore needs a positive story or some concrete political results. Instead, she now has to clean up a case from the previous government. But it quickly dawns upon her that violations of Greenlandic territory are nothing new – from the Danish colonisation 300 years ago to the stationing of US nuclear weapons there during the Cold War, and prisoner transports after 9-11. No Danish prime minister has ever apologised for any of it. Birgitte wants to take action, but she is persuaded to hush the matter up by Kasper Juul and her cabinet ministers – who in Birgitte's opinion are already beginning to think and act more and more like the old government.||58:03||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMen Who Love Women||Together with her Minister of Economic Affairs – the highly educated, intelligent and very beautiful Henriette Klitgaard – Birgitte introduces a historic bill, under which it will be compulsory for the boards of Danish companies to have 50% women members. The controversial proposal is not exactly given an enthusiastic welcome in the government ranks. Bent Sejrø fears the reaction of the biggest companies, who are strongly opposed to gender quotas – mostly because they have almost no women on their boards. Pernille Madsen of the Labour Party, Birgitte's Minister of Social Affairs and Gender Equality, is also dissatisfied: she is aggrieved because Birgitte has chosen to bypass her and introduce the bill via the Minister of Economic Affairs. Pernille Madsen threatens to create unrest in the government unless Birgitte promises her access to all meetings and a place first in the queue to the government's powerful co-ordinating committee, the C-committee. Katrine still hasn't got over the death of Ole Dahl. She torments herself with too much exercise, too little sleep and unhealthy food. Her indoor cycling instructor, Benjamin, notices this and offers to help. Katrine rejects him – she cannot cope with more men in her life – and especially not when it is becoming increasingly clear that Kasper still has feelings for her.||58:26||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoState Visit||The president of the former Soviet state of Turgisia, Alexander Grozin, is making a state visit to Denmark to take over the chairmanship of the international Organisation for Security, Democracy and Development, the OSDD. At the same time, it is announced that Turgisia intends to invest one billion euros in Danish wind turbine technology, thereby opening up the possibility of a Danish exports adventure in the former eastern bloc. However, one thing that Birgitte Nyborg could do without is the fact that the Turgisian poet and dissident Vladimir Bayanov has arrived in Copenhagen at the same time as Grozin. The two are mortal enemies; Grozin regards Bayanov as a terrorist, while Bayanov views Grozin as an undemocratic tyrant.||58:29||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoSee No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil||Just as life seems to be returning to normal at the Castle after the Bayanov case, a startling discovery is made at the headquarters of the party Social Solidarity: state of the art surveillance equipment, which soon turns out to have been installed by the Police Intelligence Service. Bugging a legal party is a serious matter, so Kasper advises Birgitte to stay out of the affair and let the Minister of Justice, Troels Höxenhaven, handle it. On TV1, Katrine presses Höxenhaven for an explanation, but Höxenhaven keeps his cards close to his chest. On the home front, Katrine is being pressured to decide whether she will take her new boyfriend, fitness instructor Benjamin, with her to the TV festival at which she has been nominated for the title of News Reporter of the Year.||55:10||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Silly Season||It is summer, and just like in the rest of the country, things are quiet at the Castle. The only real news item is Michael Laugesen's new book, which promises to reveal everything from his time at the Castle. This worries Kasper Juul, as he was the one who leaked the documents to Michael Laugesen that destroyed the election for both Lars Hesselboe and Laugesen. Kasper does not receive much support from Birgitte, who makes an awkward attempt to take a holiday with her family – but there is precious little time for fun with the children or marital togetherness when Mum is the prime minister of Denmark. While Kasper Juul desperately tries to get hold of a copy of Laugesen's book, a mysterious woman turns up at the Castle.||56:47||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoDivide And Rule||Denmark needs a new fighter aircraft, and Minister of Defence Hans Christian Thorsen has been looking forward for a long time to announcing that Denmark has chosen the F-26 Defender as its future solution. But Birgitte has stipulated that all such decisions from all ministries must be cleared with her, and she becomes suspicious when Thorsen, the Army’s man and a former businessman, has chosen an expensive aircraft which at the same time ensures big orders for Danish companies. Birgitte is however forced to give way, and the government chooses to invest in the Defender. Birgitte then discovers that one of the Danish companies that stands to profit through the order is Via Electronics, where Phillip has just been made an executive. When it is also revealed that Thorsen has been on paid hunting trips with the aircraft manufacturers, and the media, led by Katrine and TV1, start an investigative campaign towards the government, Birgitte is forced to ask Phillip to resign from his new job. This is too much for Phillip; he leaves the house, and for several days Birgitte has no contact with him. Eventually, she is so desperate that she goes to see Freja, one of Phillip's former students, of whom Birgitte has previously been jealous. But Phillip is not there, and Birgitte is on the verge of collapsing with sorrow. But as her government too is in a deep crisis, she needs more than ever to appear positive and energetic. Birgitte therefore launches a major new plan for open government, and Kasper arranges a live interview with Katrine the same evening.||58:38||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe First Tuesday In October||Birgitte Nyborg's government is facing a severe test shortly before the annual opening of parliament: the opinion poll ratings for the Moderates are the worst in a long time, while the Labour Party is surging forward, and therefore pushing Birgitte to obtain more influence. Meanwhile, her family is breaking up – she and Phillip are at home by turns, but are not speaking to each other. Kasper is struggling to get Birgitte's opening speech ready on time, but lacks inspiration. So does Katrine, who does not expect to be allowed to return to TV1. Suddenly, however, she gets the chance when Kasper arranges for her to do a portrait of the prime minister on TV1, in which Birgitte and Phillip are to act the part of a happily married couple. The portrait is Kasper’s invention, to let Birgitte quash the rumours of a pending divorce and win better poll ratings. Birgitte is unenthusiastic about the idea, but agrees, provided that Kasper arranges for the prime minister to have the right to edit the portrait – a clear breach with all customary media practice.||58:56||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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Mostly I enjoyed this danish political drama with a strong female lead. I didn’t enjoy having to read about 80% of subtitles to follow along. This is one where you have to watch intently and can’t multi-task, unless you understand the language, of course.
Brilliant and enjoyable political drama
One of the best ever - I've watched the full series twice now and will watch again for the political drama but also the family stories. Great performances, great writing and insight.
Yes, despite the subtitles, this was very good for the Danish. I was hooked. I liked the subtitles, it reminded me of learning another language in the European area of Germany. Different language, but the characters were well developed.