Tuesday 24 April 2018

3001 pick of the day

The Good Wife/Borgen More4, 9pm/TG4, 11pm

Two fantastic dramas with terrific roles for women at their hearts dominate the TV schedules tonight.

First up is 'The Good Wife', returning for its fifth series. The show has always been respected by those who were loyal to it, but, on the whole, it has been largely ignored during wider discussions about this being "a Golden Age of television".

The truth, however, is that 'The Good Wife' is one of the sharpest, smartest, most pop culturally savvy, and superbly performed shows on television.

Fans were left with a cliffhanger at the end of series four (spoiler alert!): on the night her husband was elected Illinois Governer, Alicia (the glorious Julianna Margulies) told Cary she would leave the firm to start a business together.

This first episode picks up where that left off, as it sets up what has so far been acclaimed by US critics as a game-changing, creatively rejuvenated season.

Alicia must focus on Lockhart-Gardner's race to prevent the execution of a convicted murderer. But while helping Will and Diane with the case, she is secretly planning her exit from the firm.

Elsewhere tonight, TG4 starts showing the Danish political sensation 'Borgen' from the beginning.

In this first episode, the countdown toward polling is full of surprises as Denmark prepares for elections.

Birgitte Nyborg (played by the fabulous Sidse Babett Knudsen), facing her first election as party leader, decides at the last minute to head in her own direction.

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