Netflix reunites the cast and crew of Borgen for a new season.
Sajid Ali -
Borgen, which means castle, is what the Danes call their parliament. Borgen is more than an intricate political drama though it’s an intimate drama, politics made human. It’s about democracy and people, relationships between people, the work-home relationship etc. Also, it’s about journalism, gender equality, values of raising a family; generally, it’s about everyone and everything.
There was a Facebook post in early Aril by the Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen. In that, she’s doing the washing up while singing along to a hit by the 80’s Danish pop stars Dodo and the Dodos during her country’s weekly TV lockdown sing-along.
It seemed like Frederiksen is having a good crisis. Not just the karaoke but in acting quickly to shut down the country, limiting deaths, at the time of writing, to 443. Comparing it with neighbouring Sweden, which has taken a less stringent approach which leads to 2,462 deaths?
Denmark has a good female prime minister or state minister, as you will know if you have watched Borgen. It is said, Birgitte Nyborg, the character at the centre of the political drama, is not influenced by Frederiksen but the only other women to lead the country, Helle Thorning-Schmidt. But the post on social media sounded more like Borgen.
The current development is that Netflix has bought the rights to the series and will reunite the cast and crew, along with Adam Price, the show’s creator, to make the 4th season. One may say it was an unlikely hit. But when it comes to Britain in 2012, everyone knew and thanks to Forbrydelsen (The Killing), The DR, The Danish national broadcaster, did gripping character-based drama.
Nyborg (Sidse Babett Knudsen) is a fantastic character, strong, ambitious, confident and honest. A lot of real people could learn a lesson from Nyborg and Borgen. When Borgen aired in the UK, the Tory/Lib Dem coalition was in power. People cared more about the fictional characters from the series than they did for real-life personalities.
I’m sure the fans are riled up with excitement but it has to be contained for a longer period. Because the new series won’t be out until 2022, but the news is that Netflix is going to put up the existing 3 seasons on their streaming platform.
Denmark seems to be the place everyone should be at the moment. It’s anytime better and fun to be singing 80’s pop songs together than collectively banging saucepans and lighting crackers.
Now, The Multiple award winning Danish series Borgen will be making its way to NETFLIX on 22nd June.
Please let us know in the comments. How excited you are to catch Borgen on Netflix?