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
...  Søs Nielsen 22 episodes, 2004-2007
Waage Sandø ...  Kaj Holger Nielsen 22 episodes, 2004-2007
...  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
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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Episode 1.9: When Palle enters the new building "Bellahøj" in the 1950s, a power switch model "LK Minitangent-afbryder type 102H" is visible. This model wasn't produced until 1961. See more »

Connections

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

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A must for those who enjoy social dramas

I have seen the whole of the first series and I think it is a very worthy successor to Matador.

Although fictional , the series gives one an insight into life and the prevalent attitudes in post-war Denmark. It is very realistic with excellent characterization

There are really two stories side by side. One is the coming of television to Denmark and how the various radio manufacturers adapted to it and the other is the development of the characters and the events that transpire in their lives.

A gripping series and I'm just waiting for the second series to be broadcast.


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