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Krøniken (original title)
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 Anne Louise Hassing ...  Ida Nørregaard 22 episodes, 2004-2007
Anders W. Berthelsen Anders W. Berthelsen ...  Palle From 22 episodes, 2004-2007
Maibritt Saerens ...  Søs Nielsen 22 episodes, 2004-2007
Waage Sandø Waage Sandø ...  Kaj Holger Nielsen 22 episodes, 2004-2007
Stina Ekblad ...  Karin Nielsen 22 episodes, 2004-2007
Pernille Højmark Pernille Højmark ...  Karen Jensen 22 episodes, 2004-2007
Dick Kaysø Dick Kaysø ...  Børge From 22 episodes, 2004-2007
Peter Hesse Overgaard Peter Hesse Overgaard ...  Ingeniør Funder 20 episodes, 2004-2007
Anette Støvelbæk ...  Frøken Toft 18 episodes, 2004-2007
Christian Mosbæk Christian Mosbæk ...  Salgschef Kjeldsen 17 episodes, 2004-2007
Ken Vedsegaard Ken Vedsegaard ...  Erik Nielsen 16 episodes, 2004-2007
Michael Hasselflug Michael Hasselflug ...  Personalechef Blomkvist 16 episodes, 2004-2007
Bodil Lassen Bodil Lassen ...  Vera 15 episodes, 2004-2007
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Peter Gantzler ...  Viggo Valentin 9 episodes, 2004-2006
Lars Mikkelsen ...  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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4 January 2004 (Denmark) See more »

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DKK130,000,000 (estimated)
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(22 episodes)

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Trivia

Technician Peter Hansen, who was among the people behind the development of Danish television, helped the filmmakers create an exact copy of the original studio facilities as they stood at Radiohuset, Copenhagen. 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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Krønikken, The Chronicle 1949 – 1972
22 February 2009 | by rphbSee all my reviews

Krønikken starts were Matador, the immortal Danish TV classic, ended. While it does not reach Matador's level, it certainly is an important contribution that vividly describes the culture of the Danish society from the postwar period, to the beginning of the modem times.

Unlike Matador, Krønikken, (the Chronicle) takes place in Copenhagen, and not in a province town; therefore its focus is a little narrower, and it has more supporting characters that are only seen in a few episodes. Its primary focus is the capitalistic family, whose patriarch owns the radio, and later, TV factory Bella, but it also has a strong focus on the development of the Danish social democratic party. This is because, that the Social Democrat was the primary architect for the modem Danish welfare state, which was created in this period.

It is a story, but it describes the history of that period better, then mere facts ever could.

If you are interested in the Danish culture, then Krønikken, is a must see.


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