DVD Box Sets: Political Dramas

Several good television series with a political focus are now on DVD. Borgen is another of Scandinavia's successful exports, focusing on the first woman to become prime minister of Denmark. Her job isn't easy; her small political party is reliant on support from larger coalition partners, an old enemy controls an important newspaper, her husband chafes at the limitations on his career and her daughter suffers from depression. A more satirical view of politics is provided by The Thick of It, featuring a hapless government minister and a foul-mouthed spin doctor you wouldn't ever want as an enemy.  Many of the people involved in that series later worked on Veep, an HBO comedy about a vice president desperate to be relevant in a job which is largely powerless. Other political dramas from abroad include Those in Power from Sweden and the original BBC House of Cards, featuring Ian Richardson.