Eyewitness News on 13 October 2015

The popular Danish television political-drama Borgen spins its narrative on following the fragilities, disputes and personal lives at the centre of the country’s multi-party coalition government. It is a seemingly unlikely plot for a successful television show. While it does not hinge on a sensational storyline, audiences around the world are hooked – perhaps for this very reason.

At the centre of its story is the country’s first woman prime minister Birgitte Nyborg: a charismatic and principled yet flawed leader, played in a remarkably textured way by Sidse Babett Knudsen. Nyborg inevitably deals with issues historically entangled with her sex and gender onscreen: trying to balance family life, a disintegrating marriage and sexism in political life.

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