Series 2 - 9. The Sanctity of Private Life

The Sanctity of Private Life
Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

Here are two thoughtful, gripping episodes to end the current series of Borgen, which ask tough questions about what is expected of high-achieving women both personally and professionally.

Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg (Sidse Babett Knudsen) has been pole-axed by the mental illness of her teenage daughter Laura. As Birgitte and her ex-husband Philip unite to do what is best for a clearly troubled young woman, politics has to take a back seat. Which is where Birgitte’s problems begin, as she is attacked by the Opposition and that slimy newspaper editor. Soon fragile Laura becomes a news story.

Meanwhile Borgen’s Brangelina, Kasper and Katrine (Kastrine?), tell the world about their relationship, which prompts an astonishingly sexist and intrusive outburst from Katrine’s usually supine news editor. Where is TV1’s HR department? But as the final episode closes, it’s all about Birgitte. She’s calm, confident and ready to make a bold move.

About this programme

9/10. As her daughter's health deteriorates, Birgitte admits Laura to a private psychiatric hospital - only for the press to find out, and as a violent media storm erupts, the prime minister decides to take indefinite leave. Meanwhile, Kasper and Katrine tell their bosses about their relationship. Danish drama, starring Sidse Babett Knudsen, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen and Pilou Asbaek.

Cast and crew


Torben Friis
Soren Malling
Birgitte Nyborg Christensen
Sidse Babett Knudsen
Michael Laugesen
Peter Mygind
Kasper Juul
Pilou Asbaek
Hanne Holm
Benedikte Hansen
Katrine Fonsmark
Birgitte Hjort Sorensen
Philip Christensen
Mikael Birkkjaer
Laura Christensen
Freja Riemann
Kasper Lange


Louise Friedberg
Camilla Hammerich
Adam Price