BBC Four has closed a deal to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the third and final season of Danish series Borgen, it has been announced. The show’s 10 episode third season is set to premiere on BBC Four this Winter. The third season of Borgen joins Australian mini-series Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War and the first two seasons of NBC’s sitcom Parks and Recreation, which were both recently acquired by BBC Four.
Created by Adam Price, Borgen is a political drama series which follows Birgitte Nyborg who unexpectedly bcomes the Prime Minister of Denmark. The drama series is produced by DR/Danish Broadcasting Corp and stars Sidse Babett Knudsen, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Pilou Asbæk and Søren Malling. The show’s third season, which just recently started airing on DR1 in Denmark, is set two and a half years after the season 2 finale. Lars Hesselboe is now leading the government and Birgitte Nyborg has left the political stage. Following the divorce from her husband in season two, Birgitte and her children are moving house, and her daughter Laura is much improved from the anxiety attacks which affected her when her mother was Prime Minister. Disillusioned with the political situation in Denmark, and in particular with the compromises the Moderate Party are making with the new government, her old friend and mentor, Bent Sejrø tries to persuade her to re-enter the arena.
Speaking of the acquisition of season 3, Sue Deeks, the BBC’s Head of Programme Acquisitions, said: “With a current consolidated series average of over 1 million viewers, Borgen season two was a tremendous success for BBC Four. We are delighted that this intelligent, complex and compelling political drama will be returning to the channel next year for its third and final season.”