Sidse Babett Knudsen with journalist Ian Hayden Smith. Photo: Alan Rennie.The Filmhouse in Lothian Road was buzzing with Borgen fever on Sunday, when the lead character from the Danish political drama Borgen was in town.
In collaboration with Arrow Films and the Danish Embassy, the cinema had arranged no less than three exclusive screenings of Borgen – each followed by a question and answer session with Sidse Babett Knudsen.
The events marked the ending of the series’ second season on BBC Four.Initially, only one screening had been announced, but the demand for tickets was so high that two others session were arranged.Sidse Babett Knudsen. Photo: Alan Rennie.Almost 900 fans came to see Babett Knudsen and many more queued hoping to get spare tickets on the day.
Babbett Knudsen told the audiences at the three screenings that the reception she had received in Scotland was simply overwhelming.Between the screenings the Danish star also did a number of interviews with British and Scottish press including an interview on BBC’s The Politics Show Scotland.
To see the clip, please click here.At the last of the three screenings, the Danish Ambassador to the UK, Anne Hedensted Steffensen, welcomed the audience saying that no one had ever imagined that the series about Danish coalition politics was going to be such a huge international success and that the atmosphere at the Filmhouse on Sunday was fantastic.
The Danish Ambassador to the UK, Anne Hedensted Steffensen, met Borgen star Sidse Babett Knudsen. Photo: Alan Rennie.A number of Scottish politicians have previously declared themselves as huge fans of the Danish show. One of them is the Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, who was at the Filmhouse to give a brief introduction before the screening of the two final episodes of Borgen Season Two.
Borgen Season 2 and the box-set with Season 1 & 2 are now available on DVD and BluRay from Arrow Films, for further information, please click here (link to Season 2 on DVD).