The Legacy – Review

The Legacy is a Danish subtitled drama which started being shown on Sky Arts 1 in November.

The piece is written for those who may be interested in subtitled-drama or TV more widely.

The drama is one in a string of Danish dramas which have become popular in the UK, following on from The Killing, The Bridge and political drama Borgen.

This review was published in Quays Mail and online with added multimedia integration.

Subtitled Dramas Newest Hit: The Legacy

Sophisticated, intriguing and full of fantastically written dialogue, the breadth and popularity of subtitled dramas has risen sharply in the last few years.

One country which the UK has fallen in love with primarily because of its TV is Denmark. In fact, we’ve become somewhat seduced by the Danish language because of their dramas, ranging from The Killing, to Borgen and now, the newest, and most family-driven yet – The Legacy.

Much like many British dramas which have struck gold over the decades, The Legacy is based on family strife and tensions, as opposed to the past Danish hits focusing on dark crime and intrinsic political ructions.

With a cast as big as Downton Abbey’s, The Legacy asks viewers to consider the aftermath of a loved one from a harsh and industrial light – what happens to the money that is so often left behind. With that, comes moral questionability about just how much should be fought over.

This tale focuses of course on a rich family, at the helm Veronika Gronnegaard, an artist who has hidden her terminal illness. Not only that, she has hidden another child which is a shock to her other children – not least because there is now another person to fight over when ‘the legacy’ is discussed.

The programme has hit heights of nearly two million viewers on Danish TV, a number which is eye-opening considering its population is only just over five million.

Whilst ‘The Legacy’, which is shown on Sky Arts, might not hit those numbers here, it is still sure to be a drama which is fawned over by the new-found lovers of the phenomenon that is subtitled drama.

This review was also adapted for print, being published in the first edition of Quays Mail.




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