By Melissa Silverstein | Women and Hollywood December 6, 2011 at 11:15AM
One of my obsessions has been the Danish TV show Borgen which has been running for the last six weeks on Link TV. It is about Denmark's first female Prime Minister and all the ups and downs of holding that office.
The episode that ran a week ago was about putting a gender equity bill in place in Denmark to try and get more women on corporate boards. It was spectacular. Just great writing. I have never seen a show be so good on gender issues and not be too intense or strident. Touched on some hot button issues for women in power like sexuality and how change really rattles the cages of powerful men and especially how women and men are held up to different standards in public life.
The show is available online until December 9. If you have a moment try and watch it. I am so impressed. The good news is that they are going to remake the show here in the US.
Borgen (Government) is the latest Danish drama sensation from the producers of the acclaimed series The Killing. Like its American cousin The West Wing, Borgen uncovers 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.
The setting is Borgen, the nickname for Denmark's parliamentary building, ("The Castle" in English). Our hero is the smart and sexy populist Birgitte Nyborg. After scoring her party a landslide victory through her idealism and work ethic, she now faces the biggest dilemma of her life: Will she succumb to pressure to compromise her ideals and maintain her political position? Don't miss this award-winning series about the fight for political power and the personal consequences for everyone involved.