Charlie is not Borgen

Monday, 5 January, 2015

With Charlie, its dramatization of the rise and fall of Ireland’s most Machiavellian prime minister, Charles Haughey, the state broadcaster, RTÉ, has produced a kind of anti-Borgen. Anoraks will know that Borgen is the acclaimed Danish TV series that tells the story of Birgitte Nyborg who becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark. Charlie, in contrast, is amateurish. The characters are wooden and dull and, worst of all, there is almost no visual drama. Question: Where was the reputed €4.5 million budget spent? On the shirts?

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