Both Price and producer Camilla Hammerich have spoken of their surprise that Borgen traveled outside the Scandinavian countries. But with hindsight the show had several things going for it, in the UK at least. BBC Four had warmed up the 9pm Saturday audience with high-quality Scandinavian dramas like The Killing, such that a kind of Scandi-Bingo developed involving the many actors to be seen in more than one show. The UK was just a couple of years into its first coalition government since the 1940s, giving Birgitte and colleagues the edge in both sophistication and . . .


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Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.