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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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 »

Goofs

In episode 1:6 when Erik and Ida are in bed talking, a microphone is clearly visible right above them for almost a minute. It even moves depending on who is talking. See more »

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

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On the contrary
18 January 2005 | by (Randers, Denmark) – See all my reviews

I totally disagree with the other comment written to this show. I find the series fascinating each time I watch an episode (and I've seen all 11 so far). It nicely displays historic events, it characterizes the typical Danish families and lives through the 50s and 60s and it's well produced and not filled with unnecessary dialogs, action and effects.

At first I thought the actors and actresses said their lines in an unnatural way, but I got used to it very far, and actually I now believe that the way they talk in the series is the way people spoke at that time - i.e. rather formal.

I sure will continue following Ida, Palle, Erik, Søs, Børge, Emma, Kaj-Holger and all the other characters as long as the show is running

  • and I'm waiting with excitement to see how they will manage using the


same actors throughout what's supposed to be 25 years (well okay - except the children of course).


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