Borgen: Season 3 (2013)

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Twisty and tantalizing, Borgen's third season examines the personal toll of being a public figure with unrestrained honesty.

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Critic Ratings: 19

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User Ratings: 59

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Air date: Oct 4, 2013

Two and a half years after Danish prime minister Birgitte Nyborg called a general election, she has left the political arena and is now a well-paid speaker in business circles and sits on several boards. Following the divorce from her husband, Birgitte and her children are in the process of moving house. Her old friend and mentor Bent Sejro is disillusioned with the political situation in Denmark and the compromises the Moderate Party are making with the new government, and he tries to persuade Birgitte to re-enter politics. At TV1, Katrine Fonsmark and Kasper Juul juggle their broadcasting careers with their new responsibilities as parents as well as their volatile relationship. Meanwhile, the new management at the TV station are keen to focus on positive stories and chasing ratings, causing problems for the head of news, Torben Friis. (In Danish with English subtitles)

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Air date: Oct 11, 2013

Birgitte faces a setback when Jacob Kruse wins leadership of the Moderates. The loss does little to quell her ambitions, however, and she decides to start a new party.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2013

Birgitte must deal with too many conflicting hopes and opinions within the New Democrats; and develops a health issue.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2013

The quality of Danish bacon is called into question as Birgitte's English boyfriend, Jeremy, falls ill after eating pork. At the same time, the government are trying to relax the rules applying to Danish pig farms. Birgitte appears on TV1 where she argues for protecting citizens, not the industry, and for quality rather than quantity. In order to learn as much as possible about the pig farming industry, Katrine takes Birgitte to visit her brother, who is a pig farmer. (In Danish with English subtitles)

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Air date: Nov 1, 2013

Prostitution becomes a hot-button issue, but Brigitte's opinion is tested when she learns that Jeremy has been with prostitutes in the past. In other events, Torben faces ethical problems due to his affair with a colleague.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2013

The New Democrats gather enough signatures to register for election, but they lack candidates. In other events, Birgitte receives a foreboding diagnosis from her doctor.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2013

Lars Hesselboe calls a surprise election with 15 months to go on his government's term in office. In other events, Birgitte struggles with the aftereffects of the surgery.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2013

The New Democrats discover a mole within their ranks; Birgitte reveals why she broke down on TV; Torben's personal problems increase.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2013

Danish political drama series. With the general election nearing, the mudslinging begins. Can Birgitte keep both her integrity and win votes? Can TV1 win viewers with their new election debate format? (In Danish with English subtitles)

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Air date: Dec 6, 2013

Danish political drama series. The day of the election finally arrives. However, politics is not the only thing on Birgitte's mind. (In Danish with English subtitles)

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Borgen: Season 3 Photos

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Season 3 of the Danish drama opens with Birgitte Nyborg (Sidse Babett Knudsen) out of politics, but not public life: she's pulling in big bucks on the speaker circuit. That's not to say she's content, however, and given that she disagrees with the new direction of her old party, the Moderates, she sees no recourse but one: a political comeback. As the season progresses, her return to politics is predictably bumpy; and a new political party, the New Democrats, threatens to upset the old order—if it can get enough signatures to make the ballot, that is. She also faces smears from opponents, copes with a disturbing medical development and is caught off guard when the current prime minister calls for an early election.

Cast & Crew

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
Katrine Fønsmark
Lars Knutzon
Bent Sejerø
Sidse Babett Knudsen
Birgitte Nyborg
Lisbeth Wulff
Pia Munk
Christian Tafdrup
Alexander Hjort
Mikael Birkkjær
Phillip Christensen
Peter Mygind
Michael Laugesen
Pilou Asbæk
Kasper Juul
Thomas Levin
Ulrik Mørch
Søren Malling
Torben Friis
Jens Albinus
Jon Berthelsen
Kristian Halken
Erik Hoffmann
Julie Agnete Vang Christensen
Nete Buch
Søren Spanning
Lars Hesselboe
Marie Askehave
Benedikte Nedergaard
Petrine Agger
Pernille Madsen
Ole Thestrup
Svend Åge Saltum
Adam Price
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Critic Reviews for Borgen Season 3

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (16)

From the opening minutes of Season 3, "Borgen," in all its psychological glory, is back.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Though wobblier, looser and more structurally uneven than the previous seasons, when "Borgen" is firing on all cylinders, it's still enriching, rewarding television.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Knudsen is brilliant, and the show is amazing.

Oct 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Borgen, the ridiculously compelling tale of Danish coalition politics and journalistic shenanigans, is back, and it has lost none of its edge or rich texture.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Watch "Borgen" for its sharp depiction of the personal cost of leadership-and to set a high bar for what makes those sacrifices feel worthwhile.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Feminism! Lefty politics! Deep familial love!

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

"Borgen," like its heroine, refuses to be knocked around by the general hysteria of current conventional tropes. It is smart and compelling and not particularly tweetable.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Borgen has always dwelt on the balance between the benefits of public office and its impact upon private life, and to stop the debate growing stagnant there has to be a tipping point. Birgitte may have found hers.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Smart, honest and deeply moving.

Sep 27, 2018 | Full Review…

For me, this is the best political drama series ever made.

Jul 13, 2020 | Full Review…

This isn't just a show about a "strong female character." Nyborg is formidable, but she's also very multi-dimensionally human.

Sep 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Borgen plays like a more astringent version of The West Wing, a show it clearly borrows from and improves on.

Feb 7, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Borgen: Season 3

  • 2d ago
    Exceptional, despite the subtitles.
  • Oct 11, 2020
    This show just kept getting better, as Seasons 2 and 3 were excellent follow-ups to the very fine Season 1. The plot lines and characters continued to evolve, with Season 3 being the best of all. A few plot lines were wrapped up perhaps a bit too neatly, but I must confess that I found those wrap-ups fitting. Some excellent acting, especially by the lead, Sidse Babett Knudsen, lots of whose previous work had been comedy rather than dramatic roles. I understand that a Season 4 is planned, nearly a decade after the series ended, for release in Denmark and on Netflix in 2022, Covid permitting.
  • Jan 05, 2014
    Pretty good political drama, along the lines of "The West Wing", where the politicians and staffers are the heroes working under difficult circumstances to deliver the best governance they can. The Danish setting is interesting for me as Canadian, in that it provides a perspective on life, family and nationalism that we don't see here in North America. Plus all the Danish females are gorgeous. Weak acting on the part of the guy who plays the husband, and the kids are kind of repulsive, the principals in the Newsroom are strong, but the trope about the reporters wanting to tell the real story but the "boss" preventing them from doing their job gets old. Similarly the silly business about everybody sleeping with everybody else isn't believable, despite how hot the girls are.

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