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

TV Series  |   |  Biography, Drama, History
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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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Anne Louise Hassing ...
 Ida Nørregaard (22 episodes, 2004-2007)
Anders W. Berthelsen ...
 Palle From (22 episodes, 2004-2007)
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 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)
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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 ...
 Vera (15 episodes, 2004-2007)
Signe Skov ...
 Emma (9 episodes, 2005-2007)
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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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Storyline

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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Each episode cost about 5,500,000 Danish kroner (approx. 990,000 USD / 740,000 EUR / 500,000 GBP) to produce. See more »

Goofs

Episode 1.2: In this episode which takes place in its entirety in 1950, the two film titles Familien Schmidt and The Red Horses are seen on the facade of a movie theatre. "De røde heste" was indeed released in January of 1950, but "Familien Schmidt" was not released until March of 1951. See more »

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

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I have seen three of the 2005-2006 series while in Denmark. They are just fantastic! Even though my understanding of rapidly spoken Danish is still "under construction" to some degree, the human emotions, the attention to period details in both costumes and set design, and a top shelf script, make the series a delight even to "udlændinge". I would encourage anyone enjoying great dialog, wonderful acting, and terrific script writing, to try to catch this series. Some of Denmark's best actors are in this series, so fans of Danish film will recognize at least some of the principals. If you have been put off by the spare style of the "Dogme" school of film making, this is much more traditional in its "look".


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