New Danish television drama '1864' is the most ambitious and expensive drama from DR (the Danish state broadcaster) whose previous shows 'Borgen', 'The Killing', and 'The Bridge' have reached cult status across the UK.
Taking place in the years of the war of 1864, two brothers' destiny falls victim to the dealings of politicians in Copenhagen as the brothers are called to war against Germany (Prussia). Just like you may have seen in 'Borgen', 1864 takes the viewers behind the scenes of Danish politics and the historical drama also incorporates cameos from the British prime minister at the time, Lord Palmerston, as well as the Queen Victoria.
The actions of the Danish politicians lead to a dreadful war with Germany, a war whose aftermath shook up Denmark and the Danish self-belief. A parallel story of a young girl who has lost her older brother in the war in Afghanistan provides a current spin to the dealings of 1864. Director Ole Bornedal hereby succeeds in incorporating the realism and intensity that have made Danish drama a great success in the UK.
1864 features many familiar faces from Borgen, The Killing, and The Bridge infused with new talent from the Danish acting scene. Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen's prime minister Birgitte Nyborg), Pilou Asbaek (Borgen spin-doctor Kasper Juul), Søren Malling (detective Jan Meyer in The Killing and TV news editor in Borgen), and Lars Mikkelsen (Copenhagen mayoral candidate Troels Hartmann in The Killing 1 and Søren Ravn in Borgen) are just some of the actors who star in this new historic drama. 1864, however, centres on the love-triangle between the brothers Laust and Peter (played by rising stars Jens Sætter-Lassen and Jakob Oftebro) and the beautiful Inge (Marie Tourell Søderberg).
The war against Germany (Prussia) took place in South Jutland and this is an obvious place for you to get close to the history of the show. At Battlefield Centre Dybbøl Banke the story of the war is told in the surroundings of the original and decisive battle.
Not far from the Battlefield Centre lies Dybbøl Mill, an iconic landmark of the war and also featured in the show. Damaged during the war, the mill today displays drawings, photos, uniforms and weapons from that time.
The beautiful nature scenes from the show are mostly filmed in Svanninge Bakker (hills) on South Funen. On this filming location, a set depicting the two brothers' childhood home has been build. This setting will remain and allows you to really explore the show's universe.
I addition to these locations, Hagenskov Gods near Assens, Egebjerggård on North Funen, and Hvidklide Gods near Svendborg also feature on the show. The three manors are not open for public visits but can all be viewed from the outside.
"1864 is a tale about the birth of a nation and about how Denmark rises after the loss of land to Germany, and I believe that many other countries can relate to that" DR's Head of Drama Piv Bernth to The Telegraph