Meanwhile, the Danish ambassador to the UK confides that the real-life female statsminster Helle Thorning-Schmidt, a close personal acquaintance of his, is a Borgen fan.
She has even compared herself to her fictional counterpart in one magazine interview, insisting that she wouldn’t dream of missing a parents’ evening.
“In the beginning DR was very reluctant,” Price concedes.
And just to ratchet up the tension, the writers have forced the audience to watch power and wealth fall into Nyborg’s lap while everything else is stripped away – marriage, the mental health of her daughter – until in the current season they’ve given her breast cancer to cope with. The illness was always going to be the price the Borgen creator would extract in the event of a third series being commissioned. It gives us that ‘I’ve had that feeling: I might not have been the prime minister of Denmark but I’ve also let down my kid and I’ve also sometimes lied to my husband’.” There is another form of recognition in Borgen.In fact, it was the French that first fell in love with Borgen. “The fact that it’s about Danish coalition politics is almost the funny cliché you can say about it. There must be a reason why even some British cabinet ministers watch the show. Then along comes [The Killing’s] Mikael Birkkjær and immediately she became a girl.“When RT in France did rather a big launch, we were kind of, why are they doing this? Which is what we wanted.” The third series has also held a mirror up to beleaguered media organisations and their often desperate ratings-chasing buffoonery, which reaches an amusing climax in the final episodes.Back home Price is far more famous as a TV chef than as a TV scriptwriter, although he has been writing for far longer.It was the hit cookery show that he hosts with his brother James that got him on to the Danish version of Who Do You Think You Are? Can Price first explain how on Earth he came by the recipe for a show about a feminist fantasy figure, a heroically idealistic leader of a centrist party who finds herself running Denmark?
Dating 40 Nyborg
Price enters, a large blue-suited presence with Viking blond hair.When he sits down in one of the two huge identical Jacobsen drawing rooms, the slight tightness of the lower buttons of his open-neck white shirt discreetly testify to his second career as a foodie.The odyssey of TV1’s head of news Torben Friis is, says Price “a down-ending spiral of a workplace stress story where you get a new boss and then things begin to go worse and worse, and you make wrong choices.” Making the wrong choices is not something Price knows much about, of course. Borgen has turned him into an international player.Price’s father John is a feted actor and director in Denmark.
(The Christian names are English-sounding to maintain a family tradition.) Price himself was not initially tempted by greasepaint. ’ ” By 24 the poison had worked and Price left law school to join DR’s drama department.
Apparently it’s about a private secretary in the Ministry of the Environment who seeks approval for the controlled use of GM crops by Danish farmers. he traced his ancestry to a mid-18th century entertainer and publican called John Price who ran a London hostelry called The Old Farthing Pie House.
Only true Borgen fans will know how much more riveting that could be than it sounds. A later forebear left England in 1795 to become a travelling performer who entertained the tsar, another pops up as a Pierrot painted by Renoir.
He is working on an as yet not officially announced collaboration for the BBC with Michael Dobbs, creator of Francis Urquhart and House of Cards.
Aren’t his political idealism and Dobbs’s cynicism uneasy bedfellows? We have plenty of common ground to stand on.” Borgen mania is such that Radio 4 has adapted a spin-off television show called Borgen: Outside the Castle.