The incendiary new Danish show 1864, which dramatises the Second Schleswig War between the Kingdom of Denmark and the German Confederation, celebrated an outstanding 1.7 million viewers for its premiere that aired on the leading Danish public broadcasting channel DR1.
The brand new war series boasts a strong cast with faces from the political drama Borgen Søren Malling, Pilou Asbæk, Sidse Babett Knudsen, in addition to up-and-coming Norwegian star Jakob Oftebro (Kon-Tiki, Max Manusand Victoria). 1864 is written and directed by international filmmaker Ole Bornedal, who is known for his original Danish horror thriller Nightwatch (1994) and has made an impact with English-language audiences for the shot-for-shot Hollywood remake of Nightwatch in 1998, as well as the supernatural chiller Possession (2012).
In 1864, Bornedal goes back to his roots to present a love triangle: brothers Laust and Peter fall in love with Inge at the centre of a chaotic and tempestuous period in Nordic history as they volunteer to fight and serve their country
Producers Peter Bose and Jonas Allen from Miso Films, behind Those Who Kill, Dicte and Varg Veum, share their passion for the new televisual treat by saying: “1864 is a magnificent piece of Danish history, art and craftsmanship. Producing this epic drama has been challenging and mind blowing, and we are extremely proud that so many viewers have embraced the series.”
The production value for the show is exemplified by its high budget of €23 million; the most expensive Danish programme to be commissioned, so it is no wonder that the Svensk Filmindustri has hailed 1864 as the “outstanding TV premiere in Denmark.” However, with the positive audience figures who tuned in for the first episode and international broadcasters such as the BBC and ARTE (in France and Germany) taking an interest, the forecast for this ground-breaking spectacle is set to be a sure-fire success.