KCET Launches 'Borgen' Marathon Leading Up to Season Two Premiere

 Internationally acclaimed political drama will be accessible

online and on air from July 21-25.

Burbank, Calif. - July 15, 2013 - Fans who can't get enough of internationally acclaimed Danish political series, Borgen, have another opportunity to watch season one in its entirety both online and on the air.  KCET presents a special Borgen marathon from July 21-25 airing nightly at 10 p.m. leading up to the premiere of season two on KCET on Friday, July 26 at 10 p.m.

The Borgen smorgasbord includes all ten episodes of Borgen's first season, with each one-hour episode streaming online for two weeks following its broadcast date (please check online for specific streaming dates). Visit kcet.org/borgen to watch and access extra content of the show.

Broadcast in Danish with English subtitles, Borgen ("The Castle") exposes a world of political gamesmanship, the intricate public and private lives of politicians, media spinners, and the reporters who traffic in their triumphs and failures. 

Deemed "smart and compelling" by the Los Angeles Times, "compulsively watchable" by Vulture, and "the best TV show you've never seen" by Newsweek, Borgen has received high critical praise and quickly gained loyal viewers across the nation since its U.S. debut on Link TV in October, 2011.

The multi-award winning Borgen stars Sidse Babett Knudsen as Danish Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg Christensen; Pilou Asbæk as troubled spin doctor, Kasper Juul; and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, as ambitious news anchor, Katrine Fønsmark. The show is created and written by producer Adam Price and co-writers Jeppe Gjervig Gram and Tobias Lindholm. It is produced by DR, the Danish public broadcaster that produced the international Danish hit series, The Killing.

The second season returns two years into Birgitte Nyborg's term as Denmark's first female Prime Minister. Politically, she has succeeded in earning the respect of her allies as well as her enemies, but tensions between parties are mounting, and Birgitte is forced to make more and more shaky compromises. The growing pressure causes her to doubt whether she can maintain both her position and her integrity. The ambitious and idealistic television journalist Katrine Fønsmark is now working as a star journalist at the Ekspres, where editor-in-chief, Michael Laugesen, challenges her journalistic morals. Kasper Juul continues his professional role as the cynical spin doctor for Birgitte Nyborg. Privately he is trying to make peace with his inner demons and keep them from sabotaging his relationship with a new girlfriend.

BORGEN EPISODE DESCRIPTIONS

SEASON ONE:

Visit www.kcet.org/Borgen for season one episode descriptions.

SEASON TWO:

Episode 1:  Children
A year has passed since we last saw Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg. In the season opener, Birgitte is visiting soldiers stationed in Afghanistan when a deadly strike hits their encampment. Now she must choose: send the troops home or stage a counterattack? Reporter Katrine Fønsmark approaches the father of one of the fallen soldiers for a story, while Kasper Juul juggles his job as the PM's spin-doctor and his new girlfriend, Lotte.

Episode 2:  In Brussels No One Can Hear You Scream
Birgitte Nyborg must appoint a new EU commission and her old mentor, Bent Sejrø, is the obvious candidate. Seeing it as a ploy to get rid of him, Sejrø refuses Birgitte's offer, which leads to a power play with serious consequences. Meanwhile, Kasper prepares to move in with his girlfriend, Lotte, but is haunted by his history with Katrine. Katrine and Hanne have grown closer, united by daily battles with their boss at Ekspres: Michael Laugesen.

Episode 3:  The Last Worker
Birgitte's government prepares to present a new reform package, which is being polished at a political seminar. But when party leader Bjørn Marrot comes under a personal media attack, Birgitte senses a rebellion brewing, and the seminar dissolves in chaos. Meanwhile, the tension grows on the home front where Phillip has a new girlfriend. And Katrine covers the political seminar for Laugesen, but he has his own agenda on the table. 

Episode 4:  Battle Ready

After Bjørn Marrot's exit, Troels Höxenhaven steps in as the new party leader, jumping at the opportunity to exploit the turn of events. When pirates hijack a Danish ship off Somalia's coast, Höxenhaven diverts attention from Birgitte, who badly needs a success story. Meanwhile, compromising photos of Höxenhaven turn up at the Ekspres. Laugesen wants to use them against Höxenhaven, but Katrine is skeptical.

Episode 5:  Plant a Tree

Birgitte Nyborg is about to negotiate the environmental element of the new reform package, but she must face the reality of parties unwilling to compromise. Kasper convinces her that underhanded tactics can help win her a majority for the reform. Meanwhile, Katrine receives an unusual job offer that tests her personal beliefs. And at home, Birgitte's children are clearly affected by their mother's stress -- Laura in particular.

Episode 6:  Them and Us

Just as Birgitte's new government is getting back on track after the Green Party's exit, internal strife erupts among coalition partners. This time it's from the right, as Svend Åge Madsen submits a bill to lower the age of criminal responsibility to 12 years -- an issue that splits the political system. Meanwhile, Laura is recovering from a panic attack, but Birgitte won't admit to herself that her daughter is ill.

Episode 7:  What is Lost Inwardly Must Be Gained Outwardly (Pt. 1)

Birgitte's government is losing steam -- internal differences are growing and only compromise legislation is being passed. Just as opinion polls indicate Birgitte may lose the next election, financier Joachim Crohne emerges with an idea that could save her political career. But can his motives be trusted? Meanwhile, Kasper and Katrine are growing close again, but their jobs are at odds: Katrine's role is to uncover secrets, while Kasper's is to conceal them.

Episode 8:  What is Lost Inwardly Must Be Gained Outwardly (Pt. 2)

The eyes of the world are on Copenhagen and Birgitte Nyborg as peace talks draw near between North and South Kharun. Everyone has been working around the clock, and although Kasper is now living with Katrine, they rarely see each other. When Birgitte realizes Denmark is only a small piece in a major international power game, her negotiation skills are put to the test. Can she end the bloody civil war?


Episode 9:  The Sanctity of Private Life

Laura's illness has worsened over the past few months, and Birgitte now feels terrible about failing to recognize it. When Laura's psychiatrist suggests admitting her to a private psychiatric hospital, Birgitte and Phillip immediately agree. This move becomes problematic when Birgitte's own tax reforms force her to pay out of pocket for the hospital cost. At home, Birgitte and Phillip are rediscovering some of their lost love, despite Philip's continued relationship with Cecilie.

Episode 10:  An Extraordinary Remark

In the season finale, Birgitte is on a month leave from her post as prime minister to focus on family, and Hans-Christian Thorsen, Labor Party chairman, has positioned himself to be her possible successor. Birgitte is torn about whether or not she will return to work. Meanwhile, as Kasper and Katrine hunt for apartments together, their plan is derailed by an argument about the possibility of having children. Will one of them relent?

 

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