*WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS*
As the latest drama to emerge from Scandinavia, 1864 is proving to already be a hit with the viewers and critics and we take a look back at the dramatic events that have unfolded thus far.
The series arose to the sound of Inge Juel’s (Marie Tourell Søderberg) soft voice as she informs us of the story that lies ahead. In 1851, we meet Laust and Peter Jensen, and Inge, as children as they welcome home troops returning from a three-year war: two of these soldiers being Laust and Peter’s father Thøger, played by Lars Mikkelsen, and Didrich (Borgen’s Pilou Asbæk). Although the community celebrates their return, the soldiers are reaping the effects of the horrors that they witnessed. During this time, politician Ditvel Gothard Monrad (Nicolas Bro) aims to unite Denmark against the forming German Confederation and soon becomes captivated by the beautiful Johanne (Sidse Babett Knudsen) who shares his views on the Schleswig amalgamation. Skip to modern day Denmark and we see a disenchanted Claudia (Sarah-Sofie Boussnina) who learns of the experiences of the war by reading Inge’s diary to a baron war hero.
We soon see Peter and Laust enlist to fight in combat like their father whilst Peter’s physical weakness makes him an unlikely candidate for the Second Schleswig War, Laust asserts that he will only recruit if he can fight alongside his brother. However, before the brothers go off to battle, the two must determine their relationship with Inge; a time when “the sun always shone.” During this time, Prime Minister Monrad lobbies the King of Denmark in a bid to declare war on the Prussian empire claiming that their country wants to fight.
We soon meet outsider Johan Larsen (The Killing’s Søren Malling), who is lining up for battle alongside Peter and Laust, and are told that everyone will know his name by the end of the war. It is during this time that the brothers continue to fight over Inge with neither of them knowing that she is with child. Denmark is soon at work and the nation receives a mixed reaction whilst an angered Didrich reacts unearthly in the process. Inge leaves home after telling her ashamed mother of her pregnancy as Monrad soon reveals that Denmark should expect to lose up to 10,000 men during battle in order to win the war.
The penultimate episode of 1864 will be screened at this year’s Nordicana event with cast members Marie Tourell Søderberg, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Jakob Oftebro, Jens Sætter-Lassen and Søren Malling participating in a Q&A.
1864 is released on Blu-ray and DVD June 8 – viewers attending Nordicana 2015 on 6-7th June can purchase an early copy signed by attending cast members – purchase tickets for Nordicana 2015 here.
1864 continues on BBC Four this Saturday at 9pm.