Watch a trailer for DR1 (Denmark)’s 1864. Understand it? Maybe…

It’s been acquired by BBC4 for transmission later in the year and it’s coming to Denmark’s DR1 in September. It’s 1864 – not to be confused with Sweden’s Anno 1790.

Brothers Laust and Peter live in an innocent world full of hope, under poor, but happy, circumstances, in the Danish countryside in the middle of the 19th century.

Following the victories over the Prussians in the war of 1848-51, Denmark is now scheming to annex Schleswig into the Danish Kingdom. Inflamed with nationalism, the leader of the Danish parliament, Monrad, neglects all European treaties and throws the country into war with Prussia. At the same time, Laust and Peter grow up and fall in love with the well-read and beautiful Inge, but when the war erupts Peter and Laust volunteer for the army…

1864 is an epic, highly cinematic historical drama, in which we become eyewitnesses to momentous events and the extraordinary love story of Peter, Laust and Inge, and how the brothers – along with thousands of Danish soldiers – fought some of the bloodiest battles in European history.

Here’s a trailer. Unfortunately, it’s in Danish – unless you’re Danish, of course, in which case “Fortunately, it’s in Danish.”

Either way, it looks very pretty and is that Sidse Babett Knudsen from Borgen I spy in there? IMDB also suggests Barbara Flynn might be in it, too.

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  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.