EXCLUSIVE CLIP: The Latest Nordic Noir Offering Goes Classical In 'Anno 1790'

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The latest dramatic offering from Scandinavia may be enough to test the commitment of the biggest fan of Nordic Noir, but it will be well worth the viewers' investment.

Already a hit in its native Sweden, where it premiered in 2011, 'Anno 1790' is part mystery, part drama, part romance and partially a look at early forensic science - all set in 1790.

WATCH ABOVE - our exclusive clip from 'Anno 1790'

We know from 'A Royal Affair' that the Danes can do period drama with the best of them, and now the Swedes have pulled this one out of the hat for the small screen, too.

Set in palaces far away from the bleached wood interiors of 'Borgen' and the bleakly beautiful exteriors of 'The Killing', 'Anno 1790' follows the fortunes of one gentle-mannered revolutionary.

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Murder, mystery and, of course, love are all in evidence in 'Anno 1790'

Daadh is a controversial surgeon and police commissioner who uses unconventional means to solve murder cases during the Age of Enlightenment. It is Stockholm, 1790, and Europe is in turmoil after the French Revolution - a beacon of hope to the freethinkers across Europe, and a great threat to the reactionaries and those in power.

Daadh observes the ever-changing world around him - a city where tumbledown buildings stand alongside stately manors, and whores and beggars walk the same streets as rich merchants and noble women. The murder cases and the methods of solving them differ from those of our time. But the motives stay the same: revenge, greed, love, jealousy and politics.

Despite the anachronistic setting, '1790' has all the qualities we've come to expect of our Scandinavian drama - beautiful, understated acting, suspenseful plot turns and politics accessible and interesting even through the subtitles.

'1790' is available today on DVD. Watch the trailer below...

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