BBC4 has confirmed the channel will show the second series of Danish political drama Borgen “next winter”.
The 10-part series continues to follow the fortunes of Denmark’s first female Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and the personal and professional lives of a mix of characters woven together by a complex world of politics and media.
The second series aired in Denmark on DR1 last autumn and at its peak attracted over two million viewers, around 40 per cent of the Danish population.
Just like fellow Danish drama The Killing, Borgen has been a critical and ratings success for BBC4, with the first episode of the series attracting an impressive 630,000 viewers in the overnight ratings when it aired on 7 January this year.
DR has confirmed a third series of Borgen is in production and is scheduled to be shown in Denmark in the autumn of 2012.
In September of last year NBC announced they were developing an English language remake of the programme with a view to producing a broadcast pilot. This followed another US broadcaster, AMC, launching an American version of The Killing in 2011. The remake received rave reviews and good ratings – a second series is due to broadcast in the next few months.
Richard Klein, Controller, BBC4, said: “I’m thrilled our latest Scandinavian drama Borgen has been such a success and we are delighted to be bringing the audience a second series of this fantastic political series next winter.”
Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition said: “Borgen’s combination of politics, journalism and human drama (not to mention stylish interior design!) has proved a winner with viewers and critics alike and we are delighted to confirm that Birgitte Nyborg will be returning for another term on BBC Four.”