(pic: Nathalie Neuffer)
Last night, BAFTA held a special screening of the first episode of the new series of Nordic political drama Borgen PLUS a Q&A with cast and crew (including Birgitte Hjort Sorensen who plays Katrine). Here are five things we gleaned from it.
1) The Prime Minister Was A Clown!
According to Lars Knutzon (who plays Bent) Sidse Babett Knudsen (who plays Birgitte Nyborg) is "very funny to work with”. Birgitte added: “she will crack us up between takes. So it’s hard to keep a straight face!” It turns out that Sidse's comedy waters run deep. “She studied at clown school for two years,” said Lars “so she went straight from clown school to Borgen!”
2) This Is Definitely The Final Season
According to writer Jeppe Gjervig Gram, there will definitely not be a fourth season because the Danish broadcasters DR (who also made The Killing) do not make four seasons. Of any of their shows. “In fact it’s normally just two and then they stop. It was only while we were shooting the last episode of season two that we were told we would be getting a third one.”
3) The Killing Cast A Big Shadow
“The success of The Killing inspired us, although we knew that we didn’t want to make another crime drama, ” said producer Camilla Hammerich.
4) They Wanted To Make The West Wing
“We just wanted to re-make The West Wing,” said producer Camilla. “We loved it so much.”
“Although it’s hard to understand- all that walking and talking,” added Lars. “Danish politics are so difficult to understand and we’d never thought the show would work so well internationally,” said Jeppe.
5) Sometimes Even They Don’t Understand It
“I will get the writers to re-write some of the more political bits which I can’t decipher. But even after that I won’t be able to understand them," Camilla admitted. We don't feel so dumb now...