Now this is an interesting story, based around actual events.
The young sister of the English king George III is married off to an equally young king Christian VII of Denmark. He’s a bit disturbed, she’s lonely. Mads Mikkelsen is appointed as the king’s physician and you can guess the rest.
However, this is only one aspect of the story; far more absorbing are the historical, political and social issues brought to screen.
Set during the Age of Enlightenment in the second part of the18th century, the physician is influenced by philosophers such as Locke, Rousseau and Voltaire, and uses his friendship with the King to try to influence the Danish court to adopt more egalitarian policies. It is both his success and failure which capture the imagination, and drive the story forward.
Not your common or garden fluffy period drama – this is social history brought to life.