Starting in 1949, the series follows four young Danes through 25 years of history and personal developments in a story about finding yourself in a world of changes.
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Series cast summary:
Anne Louise Hassing ...
 Ida Nørregaard 22 episodes, 2004-2007
Anders W. Berthelsen ...
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 Søs Nielsen 22 episodes, 2004-2007
Waage Sandø ...
 Kaj Holger Nielsen 22 episodes, 2004-2007
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 Karin Nielsen 22 episodes, 2004-2007
Pernille Højmark ...
 Karen Jensen 22 episodes, 2004-2007
Dick Kaysø ...
Peter Hesse Overgaard ...
 Ingeniør Funder 20 episodes, 2004-2007
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 Frøken Toft 18 episodes, 2004-2007
Christian Mosbæk ...
 Salgschef Kjeldsen 17 episodes, 2004-2007
Ken Vedsegaard ...
 Erik Nielsen 16 episodes, 2004-2007
Michael Hasselflug ...
 Personalechef Blomkvist 16 episodes, 2004-2007
Bodil Lassen ...
Signe Skov ...
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 Viggo Valentin 9 episodes, 2004-2006
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 Jens Otto Krag 9 episodes, 2004-2007
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In 1949, the young Ida Nørregaard travels from Jutland to Copenhagen to enroll in a home economics school and an evening school programme. When she is told that she can't do both, she chooses the evening school. Her parents are unhappy with her choice, but Ida is decided upon making it on her own in the big city. She finds a job as a secretary at a radio factory, but when her boss's son Erik Nielsen has a crush on Ida, he causes her to lose her job. While Erik is trying to convince his father of the future of television, he also succeeds in attracting Ida's attention. Meanwhile, Erik's lively sister Søs Nielsen is engaged to a man she doesn't love. When he tries to rape her one night, she is helped by Palle From who is a working class university student and lives next door to Ida. When Søs finds him to thank him an attraction builds between them. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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DKK 130,000,000 (estimated)
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The story involves the beginning of television in Denmark. Inspired by the advances in America and Great Britain, the first organized Danish television broadcast took place on 2 October 1951 after a few years of experiments. A popular radio exhibition in Copenhagen in August 1950 had helped introduce television to the Danish public. See more »

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In the episode set in 1959, Palle From is driving a VW, but the car used is model 1962 or later. See more »

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Referenced in Bag om Krøniken - en bebudet succes (2004) See more »

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A must for those who enjoy social dramas
10 August 2004 | by (milton keynes) – See all my reviews

I have seen the whole of the first series and I think it is a very worthy successor to Matador.

Although fictional , the series gives one an insight into life and the prevalent attitudes in post-war Denmark. It is very realistic with excellent characterization

There are really two stories side by side. One is the coming of television to Denmark and how the various radio manufacturers adapted to it and the other is the development of the characters and the events that transpire in their lives.

A gripping series and I'm just waiting for the second series to be broadcast.


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