Borgen fans: ‘We don’t mind the subtitles. You don’t notice them after a while’

Sidse Babett Knudsen on stage at the Filmhouse yesterday. Picture: Toby Williams
Sidse Babett Knudsen on stage at the Filmhouse yesterday. Picture: Toby Williams
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NEARLY 900 fans managed to get tickets for the three screenings at the Filmhouse yesterday, but many more turned out to catch a glimpse of Sidse Babett Knudsen – and hold out for last minute cancellations.

Among those in the returns queue was Tara Kay, 22, a social sciences student at Edinburgh University, and Michael Forrest, 22, a politics student at the Edinburgh College, who had spent the previous 24 hours on a marathon Borgen session.

“Tara has been watching the series and really wanted to come along, but I hadn’t seen any of it before,” said a slightly exhausted-looking Mr Forrest.

“So we sat down and watched both series, all 18 episodes, in the last 24 hours, so we could see the finale on the big screen.”

Ms Kay added: “I guess I like the show because it’s realistic and we don’t have anything like Borgen here. We didn’t manage to get tickets, so we thought we’d come along and see if there are any cancellations. We’re right at the back of the queue but you never know.”

Roselle Campbell, from South Queensferry, was at the front of the returns queue despite managing to get four tickets already. “There’s five of us who just love the show so I’ve come to try and get a fifth ticket,” she said. “We just love The Killing, The Bridge, and Borgen is fantastic. You just get so engrossed in it in a way you don’t with British drama. I can’t think of anything like it in the UK. It’s a completely new genre and we don’t mind the subtitles at all. You stop noticing them after a while.”

Chris Pennington, 25, a post-grad student at Edinburgh University, and Tom Heggarty, 23, an engineering consultant, said they were still several episodes from the end, but could not miss an opportunity to catch it on the big screen.

Mr Pennington said: “We won’t get the chance to see it like this again.”

Mr Heggarty, who said Knudsen herself was the best aspect of the programme, added: “There isn’t really anything like Borgen in the UK, let along Scotland.”

Rosslyn Cole, 17, managed to get tickets to the lunchtime screening for her whole family, who she said religiously spent each Saturday night together in front of the BBC4 for the double bill. “We were really excited about today, but we couldn’t help ourselves and ended up watching the last two episodes on television last night as well.”

Her grandmother, Eslie Melrose, 73, added: “It was wonderful. I can’t think of another show that’s in any way comparable.”