Anyone who hasn't been living under a stone for the last couple of years and is interested in quality drama series the slightest, couldn't but notice that Denmark became Europe's purveyor of high quality TV series recently. This might seem peculiar, given the country's modest size and reputation, but obviously there's something irresistable about these shows. It's especially thrillers they're good at, or scandinavian noir as they've already been dubbed. They're raw and authentic, showing the typical land- and cityscapes in all its bleakness, inhabited by enigmatic detectives and cunning politicians. The Killings' protagonist detective Sarah Lund is probably the most iconic of them all. Or better: her inseperable woolen Icelandic sweaters, which became a fashion hype on its own. Anyway, it's about time The Vore sums up what you shouldn't have missed the last couple of years in Danish television.
|Danish TV series||2017|
|Popular actors||Andreas Döhler, Robert Hunger-Bühler & Marc Benjamin Puch|
|Trending TV Series||Kampen om tungtvannet, Frikjent & The Legacy|
2017 releases - most anticipated Danish TV series to watch
Gidseltagningen (Sunday February 5, 2017)Creator Kasper Barfoed Actors Johannes Lassen
Sara Hjort Ditlevsen
The fear of terrorism is a great inspiration for movies & tv shows alike. In Gidseltagningen 15 people are held hostage in a Copenhagen underground metro. ...Read more
Kongen af Danmark (Tuesday October 31, 2017)Creator Jesper Waldvogel Rasmussen Actors Jens Sætter-Lassen
Kongen af Danmark or The King appears to be a huge historical production about the history of Denmark's royal house. Very little is known, but there is a teaser out. ...Read more
Herrens veje (Thursday June 1, 2017)Creator Adam Price Actors Lars Mikkelsen
Morten Hee Andersen
The English titled Rides Upon the Storm is an upcoming character-driven drama about 'the ways of the lord', or in other words about what faith still means in modern Danish society. ...Read more
Best Danish TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2017 & 2016Best Danish TV series out on DVD, Bluray or VOD (Netflix, Amazon).
Forbrydelsen (Sunday January 7, 2007)Creator Søren Sveistrup Cast Sofie Gråbøl
It was The Killing that paved the way for Danish TV series success abroad. And honestly, The Killings’ brilliance hasn’t been exceeded (yet). The first season takes its time to build up; only after twenty nerve-racking episodes we finally find out who killed young Nanna. The Killing is as much a detective as a political thriller, as inspector Sarah Lind's work often coincides with that of Copenhagen’ politicians. The tone is sombre, the acting is naturalistic and the script is never too far fetched. The series’ unique selling point is Sophie Gråbøl however, who portrays the enigmatic Sarah Lind with a stunning mixture of aloofness, determination and warmth....Read more
Borgen (Saturday October 29, 2011)Creator Adam Price Cast Sidse Babett Knudsen
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
The series revolves around Birgitte Nyborg, Denmark’s first female prime minister, and her intrigues and manoeuvres to stay in power. Other than House of Cards, which only seems to be interested in showing politics’ immorality and corruption, Borgen gives a pretty nuanced idea of how politics work (in Denmark). Of course there is corruption, but there’s sincere idealism too, which we like to believe is true....Read more
Bron/Broen (Wednesday September 21, 2011)Creator Hans Rosenfeldt Cast Sofia Helin
The series starts off with the discovery of a body, exactly at the border between Sweden and Denmark - literary exactly, as half of the body lies on Danish jurisdiction and the other half on Swedish. This means Martin Rohde (a refreshing role by Kim Bodnia, known for portraying hard boiled guys in many Danish films) has to work together with Saga Norén, an autistic inspector (and female overall) from Sweden. The chemistry, or better, the initial lack there of between these two is probably the series’ most interesting quality, but storywise there’s enough to enjoy too....Read more
Arvingerne (Wednesday January 1, 2014)Creator Maya Ilsøe Cast Trine Dyrholm
Marie Bach Hansen
A mother's death leaves her children exposed to family secrets and an inglorious dispute over the family inheritance. ...Read more
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|Familiar faces||Andreas Döhler, Robert Hunger-Bühler & Marc Benjamin Puch|
|Trending shows||Kampen om tungtvannet, Frikjent & The Legacy|
9 Danish TV series scheduled for release this year.
The trick to Danish success is to release a limited number of shows a year, but spend a great deal of money on the few shows that are selected for production. It appears to be a most successful method. However, due to the huge export value since The Killing, also the amount of shows has gone up.