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Series cast summary:
Ernst-Hugo Järegård ...
 Stig Helmer (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Kirsten Rolffes ...
 Sigrid Drusse (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Holger Juul Hansen ...
 Einar Moesgaard / ... (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Jørgen Krogshøj (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Ghita Nørby ...
 Rigmor Mortensen (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Bulder Harly Drusse (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Otto Brandenburg ...
 Hansen (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Palle Bondo (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Birgitte Raaberg ...
 Judith Petersen (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Morten 'Mogge' Moesgaard (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Vita Jensen ...
 Opvasker #1 (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Morten Rotne Leffers ...
 Opvasker #2 (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Lillebror / ... (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Holger Perfort ...
 Professor Ulrich (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Mona Jensen / ... (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
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 Christian (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Ruth Junker ...
 Opvasker #1 (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Peter Gilsfort ...
 Opvasker #2 (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Ulrik Cold ...
 Narrator (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Søren Elung Jensen ...
 Læge (8 episodes, 1994-1997)
Louise Fribo ...
 Sanne (7 episodes, 1994-1997)
Paul Hüttel ...
 Steenbæk (7 episodes, 1994-1997)
Klaus Wegener ...
 Skadestuelæge (7 episodes, 1994-1997)
Annette Ketscher ...
 Skadestuesygeplejerske / ... (7 episodes, 1994-1997)
Mette Munk Plum ...
 Monas mor (7 episodes, 1994-1997)
Julie Wieth ...
 Sygeplejerske ved Mona / ... (6 episodes, 1994-1997)
Birte Tove ...
 Sygeplejerske på neurokirurgisk (6 episodes, 1994-1997)
Solbjørg Højfeldt ...
 Camilla (6 episodes, 1994-1997)
Erik Wedersøe ...
 Ole / ... (5 episodes, 1994-1997)
...
 Bob (5 episodes, 1994-1997)
Annevig Schelde Ebbe ...
 Mary Krüger (5 episodes, 1994-1997)
Tomas Stender ...
 Medicinstuderende / ... (5 episodes, 1994-1997)
Claus Nissen ...
 Jensen (5 episodes, 1994-1997)
Birthe Neumann ...
 Fru Svendsen / ... (4 episodes, 1997)
John Hahn-Petersen ...
 Nivesen (4 episodes, 1997)
Søren Lenander ...
 Vagt (4 episodes, 1994)
Michael Simpson ...
 Dyrepasser i dyrelaboratoriet / ... (4 episodes, 1994-1997)
Evald Krog ...
 Lillebror (4 episodes, 1997)
Lise Schrøder ...
 Sygeplejerske / ... (4 episodes, 1994-1997)
Henrik Koefoed ...
 Læge ved CTR-skanner (4 episodes, 1994)
Mette Marckmann ...
 Ung sygeplejerske (4 episodes, 1994)
Bente Eskesen ...
 Sygeplejerske på neurokirurgisk (3 episodes, 1994)
Dorit Stender Petersen ...
 Sygeplejerske / ... (3 episodes, 1997)
Cecilie Brask ...
 Kvinde i terapi (3 episodes, 1997)
Benny Hansen ...
 Chauffør i radioen / ... (3 episodes, 1994)
Nis Bank-Mikkelsen ...
 Hospitalspræst / ... (3 episodes, 1994-1997)
Müslie ...
 Bongo (3 episodes, 1994)
Helle Virkner ...
 Emma Mogensen / ... (3 episodes, 1994-1997)
Lars Lunøe ...
 Sundhedsminister (3 episodes, 1994-1997)
Peter Hartmann ...
 Flyttemand (3 episodes, 1997)
Tine Miehe-Renard ...
 Natsygeplejerske (3 episodes, 1997)
Dick Kaysø ...
 Vagtmester (2 episodes, 1994)
Michelle Bjørn-Andersen ...
 Børnelæge (2 episodes, 1997)
Finn Nielsen ...
 Madsen (2 episodes, 1994)
Else Petersen ...
 Patient på Ellens stue (2 episodes, 1994)
Henrik Fiig ...
 Trafikoffer (2 episodes, 1997)
Klaus Pagh ...
 Stævningsmand (2 episodes, 1997)
Kim Jansson ...
 Betjent Jensen (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Falken (2 episodes, 1997)
Claus Flygare ...
 Betjent Nielsen (2 episodes, 1997)
Steen Svare ...
 Hospitalsansat (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Læge / ... (2 episodes, 1994-1997)
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The Kingdom is the most technologically advanced hospital in Denmark, a gleaming bastion of medical science. A rash of uncanny occurrences, however, begins to weaken the staff's faith in science--a phantom ambulance pulls in every night, but disappears; voices echo in the elevator shaft; and a pregnant doctor's fetus seems to be developing much faster than is natural. At the goading of a spiritualist patient, some employees work to let supernatural forces rest. Written by James Meek <james@oz.net>

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A baptism of fear awaits you at... THE KINGDOM


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24 November 1994 (Denmark)  »

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$86,133 (USA)
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The dishwashers' voices had to be dubbed throughout the first series, as it proved impossible for the two actors to recite their lines correctly. See more »

Goofs

Helmer procures hot coffee, and enters the archive. Mogge returns, with Krogshøj, and they lock Helmer in - he's left standing with a cup of scalding coffee - he can't move with setting off the infra-red alarm sensors. He's left, statue-like, staring at his cup of steaming liquid. Cut to Drusse and Bulder. She says she has to perform a seance for some doctors, and tells Bulder that in 1 hour, they are to attempt to enter the archive. When they get there, they inadvertently liberate Helmer, who casts away his cup of still scalding, yet hour-old coffee. See more »

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Stig Helmer: No more Mr. Nice Guy!
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Cannot give this any more praise
16 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

Acclaimed director Lars Von Trier came to Riget (The Kingdom) after the failure of his film Europa (1991) and some trouble with his personal life, weather these contrasting elements had anything to do with the set up of the story of the Kingdom is unknown, but it might explain the playfulness of the film. This was the first time that von Trier would use the documentary-style approach he continued in his Dogme film The Idiots (1998) and with this project it worked wonders at enriching the source material with a certain satire. We except straight away that these bizarre occurrences are actually happening in the largest hospital in Denmark (The Kingdom of the title) and we have no reason to doubt it. As well as visual style, the characterisation is also good, Von Trier and fellow writers Tomas Gíslason and Niels Vørsel understand that we need to be interested in the characters of a TV show if we are to follow them for the duration of the series, and the characters in The Kingdom are no exception. We have at the focus of the action Dr Helmer played by the late Ernst-Hugo Järegård, a Swede with a troubled past who despises the hospital and it's practices, his recurring catchphrase "Bloody Danes" is a memorable addition to the proceedings. But more importantly is the character of Mrs Drusse (Kirsten Rolffes), the Ms Marple type character who's strange visions of the ghostly young Mary set the ball rolling. All of the actors are perfectly cast and have a great time mixing the surreal horror with the more comedic moments. Having seen both series of the Kingdom, I would say that series two is much better, perhaps because by this time we have a better grasp on the characters, but that by no way means that series one isn't just as good, let's not forget just how important a stepping stone it is. With this one Von Trier and co-director Morten Arnfred created a modern TV masterpiece. 10/10


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