Borgen: Outside The Castle

Ep 1-5/5

Monday 16 December to Friday 20 December



Danish eco-thriller Borgen comes to BBC Radio 4 with a spin-off from the hit TV series.

Borgen - the Danish Parliament - is at the centre of this acclaimed political drama, originally broadcast alongside the TV series in Denmark. Made by the same team behind the hit TV series, the radio drama follows the character Hans Gammelgaard (played by Tim Pigott-Smith), Private Secretary in the Ministry of the Environment, as he seeks approval for the controlled use of genetically modified crops by Danish farmers. He expected opposition but not from unseen enemies prepared to go to any lengths in pursuit of their own agenda.

By Tommy Bredsted and Joan Rang Christensen, in an English version by Joy Wilkinson. Original music by Halfdan E. Directed by Anders Lundorph.

Hans Gammelgaard - Tim Pigott-Smith

Nick - Will Howard

Suzanne - Katherine Dow Blyton

Jan Gleerup - Tom Goodman-Hill

Tom Nielson - Danny Sapani

DP - Tony Gardner

Edel - Pippa Haywood

Other parts played by John Norton, Carolyn Pickles, Harry Jardine, Joel MacCormack, Carys Eleri and Sean Murray

Originally produced in 10 parts by DR, Denmark's national broadcaster, this radio spin-off of Borgen is set against the backdrop of the first series of the television drama, which followed the unlikely emergence of Birgitte Nyborg as the country's new prime minister. Both series have at their centre the Danish parliament, nicknamed Borgen - 'the castle'. While the TV drama focuses on the politicians, the radio drama is set in the world of the civil service. Both share the same soundtrack composed by Halfdan E.