Matador

Matador
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Matador is a Danish TV series produced and shown between 1978 and 1982. It is set in the fictional Danish town of Korsbæk between 1929 and 1947. It follows the lives of a range of characters from across the social spectrum, focusing specifically on the rivalry between the families of two businessmen: The banker Hans Christian Varnæs, an established local worthy, and social climber Mads Skjern, who arrives in town as the series opens. The name Matador was taken from the localised edition of the boardgame Monopoly, also the series' tentative English title. In addition, in contemporary Danish a "matador" is often used to describe a business tycoon, in the series referring to the character of Mads Skjern and his craftiness as a self-made entrepreneur. Directed by famed Danish film maker Erik Balling, Matador was the idea of author Lise Nørgaard who wrote the bulk of the episodes alongside Karen Smith, Jens Louis Petersen and Paul Hammerich. The series is one of the most well-known and popular examples of Danish television and represents the peak of longtime development of Danish TV drama by the public service channel Danmarks Radio. The series has become part of the modern self-understanding of Danes, partly because of its successful mix of melodrama and a distinct warm Danish humour in the depiction of characters, which were portrayed by a wide range of the most popular Danish actors at the time; but also not least because of its accurate portrayal of a turbulent Denmark from around the start of the Great Depression and through Nazi Germany's occupation of Denmark in World War II.

Title Matador
Alternative Titles
First Air Date 1978-11-11
Last Air Date 1982-01-02
Number of Episodes 24
Number of Seasons 4
Genres Drama,
Networks DR,
Casts Holger Juul Hansen, Buster Larsen, Ghita Nørby, Bent Mejding, Kurt Ravn, Ove Sprogøe, Kirsten Olesen, Helle Virkner, Karin Nellemose, Elin Reimer, Jesper Langberg
Hans Christian Varnæs
Hans Christian Varnæs
Holger Juul Hansen
Oluf Larsen
Oluf Larsen
Buster Larsen
Ingeborg Skjern
Ingeborg Skjern
Ghita Nørby
Jørgen Varnæs
Jørgen Varnæs
Bent Mejding
Lauritz Jensen
Lauritz Jensen
Kurt Ravn
Dr. Louis Hansen
Dr. Louis Hansen
Ove Sprogøe
Agnes Jensen
Agnes Jensen
Kirsten Olesen
Elisabeth Friis
Elisabeth Friis
Helle Virkner
Misse Møhge
Misse Møhge
Karin Nellemose
Laura Larsine Sørensen
Laura Larsine Sørensen
Elin Reimer
Kristen Andersen-Skjern
Kristen Andersen-Skjern
Jesper Langberg
Katrine Larsen
Katrine Larsen
Lily Broberg
Vicki Hachel
Vicki Hachel
Sonja Oppenhagen
Mr. Stein
Mr. Stein
John Hahn-Petersen
Gudrun
Gudrun
Anne Jensen
Birgitte Graa
Birgitte Graa
Susse Wold
Severin Boldt
Severin Boldt
Per Pallesen
Mads Skjern
Mads Skjern
Jørgen Buckhøj
Maude Varnæs
Maude Varnæs
Malene Schwartz
Frede 'Fede' Hansen
Frede 'Fede' Hansen
Benny Hansen
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