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Series 2 - 7. What Is Lost Inwardly Must Be Won Outwardly - Part One

Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Prime Minster Birgitte Nyborg’s diplomatic skills are tested when she offers to negotiate a peace agreement between two sides embroiled in a bloody African civil war. It’s a big leap for Birgitte, but she’s stung by spin doctor Kasper’s implied criticism of her government’s lame-duck inactivity.

It sounds a deadly premise for a two-part story (there’s a “To Be Continued” at the end of the first hour, so try to stay awake if you’re watching in real time). But it ends up being quite thrilling. And you can give your eyes a bit of a rest from peering at subtitles because Birgitte speaks English a lot as she tries to hammer out a deal between two intractable leaders. As always, dogging her footsteps are ridiculous TV journalists Katrine and Hanne, who are turning into Scooby-Doo’s Daphne and Velma. They unearth A Big Story. Zoinks!

About this programme

7/10. Part one of two. Opinion polls indicate that Birgitte is likely to lose the next election, and she becomes desperate to find a popular cause. After hearing about a referendum on secession in the Central African country of Kharun that threatens to send the country into a civil war, she sees a chance to broker peace in the conflict and gain popularity for herself. Danish drama, starring Sidse Babett Knudsen, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen and Pilou Asbaek.

Cast and crew

Cast

Philip Christensen
Mikael Birkkjaer
Torben Friis
Soren Malling
Bent Sejro
Lars Knutzon
Hanne Holm
Benedikte Hansen
Katrine Fonsmark
Birgitte Hjort Sorensen
Kasper Juul
Pilou Asbaek
Birgitte Nyborg Christensen
Sidse Babett Knudsen
Laura Christensen
Freja Riemann
Amir Diwan
Dar Salim
Joachim Chrone
Ulf Pilgaard
Omar Al-Jahwar
Abdi Gouhad
Niels Mikkelsen
Hans Henrik Clemensen
Jakob Lokoya
Femi Elufowoju Jr

Crew

Director
Mikkel Norgaard
Producer
Camilla Hammerich
Writer
Adam Price
Categories
Drama