Borgen TV series is an open sandwich short of a picnic

The Scandi pollie noir drama, Borgen, showing at the moment on SBS, is more popular than a Kevin Rudd tweet. If you google Borgen criticism you will find virtually none. Which is why it is important I right this wrong today.

Borgen is the most boring, script-by-numbers, humourless piece of TV since Celebrity Masterchef.

Here is a brief recap: in the State of Denmark, female prime minister is elected out of the blue. Despite her talent and dedication she has problems at work. Her husband used to be nice but he gets cheesed (jarlsberged) off because she is prime minister and he’s not so he takes up with younger model blond who her kids really like. Then cut to shot of prime minister coming home to an empty house and feeling overwhelmed by the housework and cooking she still has to do.

Queue subplot: her media advisor has the hots for an allegedly hard-hitting hot journo but they have the onscreen chemistry of a toothpaste commercial.

Here are some questions I have about Borgen:

– Why is the Prime Minister doing her own housework, cooking and laundry?

– Why is it so hard for the Prime Minister to source childcare?

– Why is there no security at her house?

– Who wrote this appalling script?

Sure, a female prime minister is still relatively new TV. Sure Denmark is a politically correct wonderland with great design, furniture and tans, but it not in the business of comedy. (Which also explains Princess Mary). Be that as it may, there is no escaping the fact that this is humourless, dry and strangely unbelievable TV.

Borgen is so dull it makes televised golf look like Gone with the Wind. If you want political intrigue, a gripping storyline, sexual tension, sexual politics and a epic revenge story, look no further than Canberra.


One Comment

  1. I can’t agree with your version. While it is not in the same league as some of the other dramas, it does provide an insight into the personal sacrifice a prime minister must make, and even ministers. I don’t think you must have watched every episode, and I wonder why, if you did, seeing as you hated it so much? Anyway, there is security at her house, outside, and both she and her husband agreed that one of them would be with the kids and that they would not be with a Nanny. The children attend childcare after school, and where do you find childcare availability in the evenings, even in Denmark. I think your bias against the increasing Scandi phenomenom has clouded your ability to see any positives in this series. The husband’s mistress ( which he admitted to being with, only once) was never shown. The husband’s student was only suggested as being implicated but later found out to be innocent and with another man entirely. I think you failed to see the difficulties politicians encounter when showing their private and public life which I think, this series clearly demonstrates. It is not meant to be funny. And yes: Danes don’t do comedy. Comedy, for some reason does not translate well into English from foreign languages.


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