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The Bridge, series 4

In which I burble incoherently about the end of an era

29 June 2018 · Leave a comment

Happy birthday to Cafe thinking

A trip down memory lane

9 May 2017 · Leave a comment

Jo Cox: seeking meaning

We have seen the worst of ourselves and in each other

17 June 2016 · 2 Comments

Book review: The Borgen Experience, by Camilla Hammerich

About eight years ago, Camilla Hammerich and Adam Price began work on a TV series expected to have limited appeal outside Scandinavia. Borgen, the series about Danish politics and politicians, … Continue reading

26 October 2015 · 1 Comment

Event review: Nordicana 2015

I don’t know what the Green Room is like at the Troxy in east London but I reckon last weekend, at the third Nordicana, it was pretty empty. The actors, … Continue reading

11 June 2015 · 2 Comments

Nordicana is back – and it’s needed more than ever

Nordic Noir is growing up. The phenomenon, built around crime drama from Scandinavia but loose enough (once you’ve added the qualifier ‘and beyond’) to include subtitled dramas from France and … Continue reading

2 June 2015 · Leave a comment

Borgen and the British General Election

There have been a couple of attempts to see whether Borgen, with its portrayal of mature multi-party politics can teach anything to us in the UK, which is late to … Continue reading

2 April 2015 · Leave a comment

The story not the star: how do you Bridge a Kim Bodnia-sized gap?

Something novels do far better than TV is closure. Get to the end of a book and you’re pretty sure that you’ve reached the end of a story that hangs … Continue reading

14 August 2014 · 1 Comment

Birgitte Nyborg made me feel like an old whore: what Borgen’s Sidse Babett Knudsen told Nordicana

There’s a scene in Frasier when our eponymous hero tries to get his father Martin to take a trip to Paris. He argues that Martin will be a big draw … Continue reading

6 February 2014 · 3 Comments

Special offer on Borgen book

To celebrate the return of Borgen to British screens, my book on series 1, How to win power and lose everything, will be available at a very special price. So … Continue reading

16 November 2013 · Leave a comment