I have been enjoying the most recent series of The Killing on BBC4. No so much the detective story, which has become a bit mechanistic while remaining gripping, but more because of the interplay between the political characters in the story. The relationship between Robert Zeuthen, the chief executive of the large corporation Zeeland and the prime minister Kristian Kamper. What’s so interesting about the relationship (and Danish TV drama as a whole) is that the power relationship is shown to you implicitly, which is something British television used to do so well before it started s.p.e.l.l.i.n.g e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g o.u.t. There’s one scene where the prime minister visits the corporate boss in his home, the viewer is left in no doubt that the power resides. Without a word of hint in the actual dialog it is obvious to me that the power is in the corporation. That’s contemporary Western politics in a micorcosm and excellent television.

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