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The Fortress

The Fortress

DR1 2010

Borgen (The Government) is a drama series about the fight for political power – and about the personal sacrifices and consequences this has for those involved on and behind the political stage The central figure is the 40-year old political leader Birgitte Nyborg, who through her idealism and huge effort secures her party a landslide victory and thus faces the biggest challenge of her life: how most effectively to use the newly won seats, and how far she is willing to go in order to gain as much influence as possible. Privately, Birgitte leads a happy family life with her husband and two children. She is a woman with a burning commitment, a big heart and little time. Will she be able to be a successful and professional top politician and stay true to herself at the same time?

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The 10 Worst Episodes of The Fortress

The Fortress - S2E7

#1 - What is Lost Inwardly Must Be Gained Outwardly (1)


Season 2 - Episode 7

Birgitte's government is losing steam -- internal differences are growing and only compromise legislation is being passed. Just as opinion polls indicate Birgitte may lose the next election, financier Joachim Crohne emerges with an idea that could save her political career. But can his motives be trusted? Meanwhile, Kasper and Katrine are growing close again, but their jobs are at odds: Katrine's role is to uncover secrets, while Kasper's is to conceal them.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Fortress from 137 votes.

The Fortress - S3E6

#2 - Sons of the Past


Season 3 - Episode 6

The New Democrats finally have enough signatures to run for Parliament but need more candidates. Birgitte suggests economics professor Soren Ravn, but not all of the candidates in the party share her enthusiasm about him as he is very left-wing, and had previously been a member of the Communist Party. When the press catch on to this, they dig up his past and put him under intense personal pressure. Meanwhile, Birgitte receives bad news from the doctor which she tries to conceal from those around here. At TV1, viewing figures are up which has pleased the management, but the newsroom staff are unhappy with the changes in the programmes. Torben is under pressure both at work and at home, but is offered sympathy from his colleague Pia.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Fortress from 137 votes.

The Fortress - S3E5

#3 - Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery


Season 3 - Episode 5

There is unrest amongst the New Democrats when the sex trade is placed on the agenda. In Copenhagen, police have found three women who have been locked up and forced to have sex against their will. The case causes the political parties to discuss the need for a law prohibiting the purchase of sex in Denmark. During the negotiations on the bill, however, Birgitte requests time for reflection when she becomes in doubt about what prostitutes themselves actually want or need. This comes as a disappointment to Katrine, who supports a rapid ban. Torben's problems escalate when his boss, Alex, finds out about his affair. Katrine and Kasper work out where it all went wrong in their relationship. Birgitte wonders whether to introduce Jeremy to her children, while he has concerns for her health.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Fortress from 148 votes.

The Fortress - S2E1

#4 - 89,000 Children


Season 2 - Episode 1

A year has passed since we last saw Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg. In the season opener, Birgitte is visiting soldiers stationed in Afghanistan when their encampment is attacked, and several soldiers are killed. Now she must choose: send the troops home or stage a counterattack? Reporter Katrine Fønsmark approaches the father of one of the fallen soldiers for a story, while Kasper Juul juggles his job as the PM's spin-doctor and his new journalist girlfriend.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Fortress from 144 votes.

The Fortress - S3E3

#5 - The Right Shade of Brown


Season 3 - Episode 3

Chaos and confusion rule in the party rooms of the New Democrats. Chaos also rules at home as Gustav is sick, and Birgitte and the children move into a new, cheaper apartment. Birgitte has a problem with one of her hands.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Fortress from 144 votes.

The Fortress - S1E3

#6 - The Art of the Possible


Season 1 - Episode 3

A few months into her term the new prime minister faces her first political crisis, and journalist Katrine Fønsmark considers how to deal with her unexpected pregnancy.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Fortress from 181 votes.

The Fortress - S2E3

#7 - The Last Worker


Season 2 - Episode 3

Birgitte's government prepares to present a new reform package, which is being polished at a political seminar. But when party leader Bjørn Marrot comes under a personal media attack, Birgitte senses a rebellion brewing, and the seminar dissolves in chaos. Meanwhile, the tension grows on the homefront where Phillip has a new girlfriend. And Katrine covers the political seminar for Laugesen, but he has his own agenda on the table.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Fortress from 135 votes.

The Fortress - S1E6

#8 - State Visit


Season 1 - Episode 6

An official visit by the president of a former Soviet republic makes headlines when the president demands the arrest of a prominent political activist visiting Denmark at the same time.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Fortress from 161 votes.

The Fortress - S3E1

#9 - A Child of Denmark


Season 3 - Episode 1

Birgitte Nyborg has left politics and is now a well-paid speaker and sits on several boards. Her old friend Bent Sejro tries to persuade her to re-enter politics. Katrine Fonsmark and Kasper Juul juggle their careers and parenthood as well as their volatile relationship.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Fortress from 145 votes.

The Fortress - S2E5

#10 - Plant a Tree


Season 2 - Episode 5

Birgitte Nyborg is about to negotiate the environmental element of the new reform package, but she must face the reality of parties unwilling to compromise. Kasper convinces her that underhanded tactics can help win her a majority for the reform. Meanwhile, Katrine receives an unusual job offer that tests her personal beliefs. And at home, Birgitte's children are clearly affected by their mother's stress; Laura in particular.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Fortress from 126 votes.

The Fortress - S3E4
#11 - Their Loss...
Season 3 - Episode 4

Birgitte's English boyfriend falls ill after eating pork as the government are trying to relax the rules applying to Danish pig farms. Birgitte argues for protecting citizens, not the industry.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Fortress from 145 votes.

The Fortress - S1E2
#12 - Count to 90
Season 1 - Episode 2

After a successful election, Birgitte Nyborg looks set to become the Denmark's first female prime minister, but allies and opponents do their best to block her way.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Fortress from 205 votes.

The Fortress - S1E5
#13 - Men Who Love Women
Season 1 - Episode 5

The government's agenda on equal opportunities in corporate business brings pressure from the media as well as the country's most powerful businessman.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Fortress from 178 votes.

The Fortress - S1E4
#14 - 100 Days
Season 1 - Episode 4

The revelation of an American prisoner transport in Greenland causes scandal upon the new government's first one hundred days in office.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Fortress from 185 votes.

The Fortress - S1E8
#15 - The Silly Season
Season 1 - Episode 8

While the prime minister tries to take a family vacation, the publication of a tell-all by a former politician puts spin doctor Kasper Juul on the edge.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Fortress from 168 votes.

The Fortress - S2E4
#16 - Battle Ready
Season 2 - Episode 4

After Bjørn Marrot's exit, Höxenhaven steps in as the new party leader, jumping at the opportunity to exploit the turn of events. When pirates hijack a Danish ship off Somalia's coast, Höxenhaven diverts attention from Birgitte, who badly needs a success story. Meanwhile, compromising photos of Höxenhaven turn up at the Ekspres. Laugesen wants to use them against Höxenhaven, but Katrine is skeptical.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Fortress from 133 votes.

The Fortress - S1E1
#17 - Decency in the Middle
Season 1 - Episode 1

Three days before an election, party leader Birgitte Nyborg shakes up her campaign by denouncing her closest ally, sensitive information about the prime minister's shopping expenses lands in the wrong hands, and the rising star of the evening news is shaken by an unexpected death.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Fortress from 253 votes.

The Fortress - S3E7
#18 - The Fall
Season 3 - Episode 7

When prime minister Lars Hesselboe calls a general election, he takes everyone by surprise. TV1 swing into action, as do the political parties. However, with Birgitte undergoing daily radiation treatment, she is already struggling to keep up with work. How long can she keep making excuses and keep her illness a secret?

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Fortress from 146 votes.

The Fortress - S2E2
#19 - In Brussels No One Can Hear You Scream
Season 2 - Episode 2

Birgitte Nyborg must appoint a new EU-commissioner and her old mentor, Sejrø, is the obvious candidate. Seeing it as a ploy to get rid of him, Sejrø refuses Birgitte's offer, which leads to a power play with serious consequences. Meanwhile, Kasper prepares to move in with his girlfriend, Lotte, but is haunted by his history with Katrine. Katrine and Hanne have grown closer, united by daily battles with their boss at Ekspres: Michael Laugesen.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Fortress from 137 votes.

The Fortress - S3E2
#20 - The Land is Built on Law
Season 3 - Episode 2

Birgitte decides to start a new party. At TV1, Torben Friis is under pressure to report less bad news.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Fortress from 149 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020



Loved this show ..... wish there were more seasons :-( Highly recommended!


The acting is just superb! At first I was a bit sceptical about this not being spoken in English, but in the end you realize its just a stupid preconception, 'cause this is tottaly ninja. Highly recommended :)


Excelente desarrollo de la serie. Esperaba que siguiera. No mereció ese final. Pero valió sin duda la pena.


Fantastic Series!! Hope a Season 4!!


Great serie!


This should be as dull as dirt, but it was anything but. The script is intelligent, the relationships interesting and the drama inviting. Sidse Babett Knudsen Is extremely talented and winsome, playing the central character but it quickly becomes an ensemble piece because of the great performances and well defined characters. I gave it a high 7 (very good) from the start but I found I could hardly wait for the next episode so my final rating is an enthusiast 8 (great). For those curious about the name, Borgen means “the Castle,” a nickname for Christiansborg Palace, which is the house of Denmark’s three powers: Parliament, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Supreme Court. Basically, it’s where most of the show’s drama unfolds. [Political Drama] NOTE: Don’t watch this dubbed into English but watch it in Danish with English subtitles. The acting is worthy of not being watered down.


and WHEN DO MONCLOA,? a good series if you want to see stabs, and get out of American stereotypes stereotypes y CUANDO SACAN MONCLOA,? una buena serie si se quiere ver puñaladas, y salirse de los estereotipos lavacerebros americanos


A nice series that is a nice change from my too much American and British TV and movies habits. The French doubling is just horrible though, watched one episode from Arte of the second season in French and it was just unbelievable. It's always a nice addition to have some foreign (ie. english) dialogues, especially in the third season though I must admit. I would probaly check out that proposed remake by Americans but I don't think it would be that nice unless they use some of the same actors, after all Knudsen is clearly fluent in english! I'm a bit dissapointed that there wasn't an extra season so that we could see how Birgitte deals with her Foreign Ministry's post, that could have been sweet to see her travel arround the world from the position of a relatively small country.


Magnificient. Great acting, camera work, story arc, character development. Totally ninja!

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