A Royal Affair (15)
22 June - 28 June 2012
While we might be more used to seeing Danish crime and political dramas, A Royal Affair is a welcome example of the range of talent and stories being produced by the country. The story begins at the end of the 18th century. Free-thinkers are removing power from the elite and the nobility throughout Europe, but in Denmark the King’s council remains loyal to rich landowners. Into this setting arrives Caroline Mathilde, a young noblewoman who is to marry her mentally unstable cousin King Christian VII (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard). When Christian employs a new personal physician, Johann Friedrich Struensee (Mads Mikkelsen), the intelligent, radical doctor quickly becomes a confidant for both husband and wife and changes the course of Danish history for ever.
With sumptuous costumes, locations and score, A Royal Affair is more layered and nuanced than most period dramas. Full of the high production values, complex storytelling and fine performances you’ve come to know and love from Danish television, this costume drama about a pivotal moment in European history is just as gripping. If only all history lessons were this engaging!