Better Times (2004– )
"Krøniken" (original title)

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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 ...
 Palle From (22 episodes, 2004-2007)
 Søs Nielsen (22 episodes, 2004-2007)
Waage Sandø ...
 Kaj Holger Nielsen (22 episodes, 2004-2007)
Stina Ekblad ...
 Karin Nielsen (22 episodes, 2004-2007)
Pernille Højmark ...
 Karen Jensen (22 episodes, 2004-2007)
Dick Kaysø ...
 Børge From (22 episodes, 2004-2007)
Peter Hesse Overgaard ...
 Ingeniør Funder (20 episodes, 2004-2007)
 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 ...
 Vera (15 episodes, 2004-2007)
Signe Skov ...
 Emma (9 episodes, 2005-2007)
 Viggo Valentin (9 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Jens Otto Krag (9 episodes, 2004-2007)


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)  »

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DKK 130,000,000 (estimated)

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(22 episodes)


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1.78 : 1
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Some of the story of the Danish radio factories' path into television is inspired by the personal story of engineer Herman Høedholt. In the winter of 1950 he built a television as an experiment while working for the radio factory Linnet & Laursen. At the Copenhagen radio fair that same year his set was declared the best of the exhibited models. He later started his own television factory, Larsen & Høedholt, with an associate. See more »


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


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

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One of the best TV series ever made anywhere.
18 August 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This is an absolute must see for lovers of top class drama. I have watched the whole series twice now and love every second of it. The acting is first class. In 22 episodes there are about two suspect deliveries in my book. I think the script is brilliant. I speak Danish, so I'm spoiled there, but even translated, the script should be great. It's just such a riveting story. The attention to detail with the sets, clothes and everything else is really well done, but above all, the characters are so real, so human, so tragic and so utterly convincing. This is television at its best. It has been compared to the great series Matador. I say it is even better!

The story revolves around Ida who comes from the country to the city and gets drawn in to the world of the Nielsen family, an upper class family who own a radio and later television factory. But at its heart, it's a story about the Nielsen son, Eric, and his struggles in life getting acceptance and love from his father. There are many sub plots about Danish politics and everyone's lives and loves and the growth of the television industry etc, but it is a great human drama about how we need to love and build our children up not tear them down.

I can't understand anyone thinking the script is bad, unless they are maybe reading bad subtitles. Obviously to get the most out of it, you'll need to be fluent in Danish :), but hopefully there are good subtitles around for this show. I don't think I've ever seen a series that is clearly better than this. If you're into humanist dramas you should track this down! TV doesn't get any better.

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