What the civil servants get up to in Borgen – Outside the Castle (Radio 4)

It’s the season of waiting. The Haass/O’Sullivan talks will inevitably reconvene in the days between Christmas and the New Year. Party leaders will be penning their new year messages, with alternative wordings to cover different Haass outcomes. Assembly committees won’t start back on Tuesday 7 January and the next plenary session of the Assembly isn’t scheduled until Monday 13th. The third and final season of Borgen finished last weekend. NI21’s executive committee will now be waiting for the box set …

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#Borgen: Dramatic lessons on prostitution for Northern Ireland’s lawmakers?

Theatre and democracy had grown up together and were inextricably linked in the Athenian mind. Dr Michael Scott, The Greatest Show on Earth So human trafficking, and making prostitution illegal.  Such are the maximalist ambitions behind Lord Morrow’s private members bill.  The French lower house has just passed such a law up to the Senate. But it was also part of a fictional treatment on the Danish political drama last weekend. The Swedish research that’s been cited in the Northern …

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In praise of… Borgen

For the last five weeks we’ve been watching a compelling Danish poltical drama on BBC Four called Borgen. It was billed as the Danish version of the West Wing, but actually it’s much better than that. At the centre of the action is Sidse Babett Knudsen, cast as Denmark’s first woman Prime Minister. Not unlike the West Wing you sense that there’s a certain wish fulfillment going on here somewhere. And indeed last October Helle Thorning-Schmidt became the actual first …

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