The creators of ‘Borgen’ are fond of opening each episode with a proverb. The one for tonight’s double bill might as well have been about revenge being a dish best served cold as a number of simmering grudges come to the boil as moments of personal weakness abound. Katrine gets the chance to emulate her poster boys, Woodward and Bernstein, when she sniffs corruption close to home, while Birgitte has her own problems – not least the loneliness of life at the top. But when Labour threatens to implode over a dispute about early retirement provisions, the future of the coalition hangs in the balance and she faces more tough decisions. And then those pesky Somali pirates swing into action… The pivot of politics and its presentation in the media means most episodes ‘Borgen’ have to unfold in a certain way. But the superb performances, unsoapy treatment of personal lives and skillfully interwoven narratives make this another utterly gripping two hours of television (episode two follows).
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