Borgen

Series 2 - 5. Plant a Tree

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

There’s a lozenge of wisdom before every Borgen episode – something profound by Bertrand Russell prefaces the first in tonight’s double bill. But it might as well say “Be careful what you wish for” after Prime Minister Birgitte’s attempts to bring a wayward colleague into line backfire spectacularly.

She’s having trouble with her environment minister, but when she asks her unpleasant spin-doctor Kasper to have a little word in the right ears the government looks like it might topple.

Talking of the odious Kasper, he gets most of the second episode to himself, when we learn quite a lot more about why he’s such a narcissistic commitment-phobe.

When a right-wing politician demands tough penalties for child criminals, Kasper flashes back to profoundly upsetting events in his childhood. The storytelling is clunky, but it’s still powerful stuff.

About this programme

5/10. Kasper persuades Birgitte to use underhand tactics as the government prepares to negotiate the environmental element of the new reform package, and Katrine receives a job offer that goes against her personal beliefs. Meanwhile, the prime minister's children are affected by their mother's work-related stress. Drama, starring Sidse Babett Knudsen, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen and Pilou Asbaek. In Danish.

Cast and crew

Cast

Lars Hesselboe
Soren Spanning
Torben Friis
Soren Malling
Michael Laugesen
Peter Mygind
Birgitte Nyborg Christensen
Sidse Babett Knudsen
Hanne Holm
Benedikte Hansen
Katrine Fonsmark
Birgitte Hjort Sorensen
Kasper Juul
Pilou Asbaek
Philip Christensen
Mikael Birkkjaer
Laura Christensen
Freja Riemann
Niels Erik Lund
Morten Kirkskov
Svend Age Saltum
Ole Thestrup
Amir Diwan
Dar Salim
Lotte Agaard
Rikke Lylloff

Crew

Director
Louise Friedberg
Producer
Camilla Hammerich
Writer
Adam Price
Categories
Drama

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