Stephen King calls it his favorite television series of 2012. It won the Best International TV Series at the 2012 British Academy Television Awards.
The Housewives of Teaneck?
The show is Denmark’s blockbuster political drama Borgen, which exploring the insular world of high-stakes Danish politics.
Washington, DC based MHz Networks has released Season 1 of Borgen in a four-disc DVD box set and this is strong stuff.
Sidse Babett Knudsen stars as Birgitte Nyborg, the idealistic head of the moderate party who becomes prime minister of Denmark through a political fluke and has to quickly learn the ways of power, all in the glare of a relentless Danish press corps that covers her administration in incessant news cycles. (Trivial side note: Knudsen says she based her portrayal of the fictitious prime minster on Tony Blair.)
She’s an altruistic public servant in an old boys’ club and must master the art of the deal overnight, manage her image and understand that she has advisors, but no real friends. She must also perform the impossible juggling act of maintaining a family life while serving as Denmark’s first female prime minister. The rigors of public life and journalism may attract some of Denmark’s finest, but they also exact a high price from all those who participate in an open democracy.
Borgen is the latest addition to a riveting collection of international television that MHz Networks airs nightly on their national broadcast of International Mysteries Series and then makes available on DVD. Some of the many available titles: Donna Leon’s Brunetti, Henning Mankell’s Wallander, Gerogres Simenon’s Maigret and Andrea Camilleri’s Montalbano.
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