Transnational Television Drama? Lessons Learned from Danish Drama

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This chapter introduces to the large-scale research project about the international export of Danish television drama: ‘What Makes Danish TV Drama Series Travel?’ (2014-2019). The authors elaborate on the theoretical framework (theories on transnational television drama as well as the Screen Idea System model) that inform this project, before presenting general findings and the theoretical and methodological contributions of the research, in particular the transnational value ecosystem model, the location study model, and the transnational three-leaf clover audience studies model. Furthermore, the chapter introduces the other chapters included in this edited volume, which elaborate on specific aspects of the international success of Danish television drama, from screen idea development and production, to sale, distribution and global reception. Finally, the authors critically discuss the global success of Danish series and consider whether imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDanish Television Drama : Global Lessons from a Small Nation
EditorsAnne Marit Waade, Eva Novrup Redvall, Pia Majbritt Jensen
Place of publicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-40797-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-40798-8
Publication statusPublished - 2020
SeriesPalgrave European Film and Media Studies


  • Danish television series
  • transnational television drama
  • Nordic NoirScreen Idea System
  • three-leaf clover audience study modelLocation Study model


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