Okay, can you handle more drama? Just when you thought those crazy Danes had saturated the tv market with the (fabulous) Scandi crime series Forbrydelsen (“The Killing”) and Broen (“The Bridge”) – not to mention the highjinks at the Danish Parliament, Borgen (“Borgen”) – along comes DR1 (the Danish public service channel) on the first of January and hits us right between the eyes. Again! Kapow! 😛
No policitians. No murders (at least, not yet?!). Nope, our new ‘let’s-all-unite-around-our-television-sets-on-Sunday-nights-and-discuss-it-Monday-morning’ series is a family drama: Arvingerne (“The Legacy”).
Picture the scene: a famous, eccentric Danish artist – Veronika Grønnegaard – is dying. Along with her art, she’ll leave behind an eclectic family… Four children. Gro, the eldest daughter (who has a wardrobe to die for…), works with her mother. Gro’s biological father Thomas (a.k.a. Jesper Christensen, a.k.a. Mr White from the recent Bond movies – though, yegads, you’d never recognise him in this new rôle) lives on the property. Frederik (who has cut off contact with his mother) and Emil (who only contacts his mother when he needs money) are the two middle sons. Their father committed suicide. And then we have Signe, the youngest daughter. Who doesn’t know that she is actually Veronika‘s daughter – she’s been living with adopted parents, blissfully unaware. But Signe is contacted by Veronika a couple of days before she dies… Throw into the mix an ‘I’m-minutes-from-dying-and-am-handwriting-a-new-will-and-testament’ and let the fun commence!
Oh. And the title music – sung by Nina Persson (yes, her, from The Cardigans) – is also fabulous, but not available anywhere yet. Boo!
The series is apparently already on its way to British, Belgian and Australian viewers. Two out of three Danes are watching every week… I’m hooked! As they say in Danish, Glæd Jer! “Look forward to it!”