The Sanctity of Private Life

Series 2 - Episode 9 The Sanctity of Private Life



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.


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 & 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
Dan Kasper Lange
Director Louise Friedberg
Producer Camilla Hammerich
Writer Adam Price
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