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Swedish version of “The Crown” is underway


Photo: Jonas Ekströmer, Kungahuset.se

The life of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden is to become a TV series, inspired by «The Crown». Sweden’s TV4 has shared the news that they are making a series about the Swedish Royal Family with the streaming service C More.

Season One will go over six episodes but, according to TV4, they has ambitions for several seasons. Josefine Tengblad, TV4’s drama director, believes that everyone in Sweden has an opinion about the royal family. She says in a statement: “Regardless of what one might think of them, the opportunity to add new experiences and dimensions to the saga of our king is a prestigious project for us. King Carl Gustaf’s life feels a bit like the movie “The Kings Speech” where a person is taught to be something he really is not”.

Margareta Thorgren, the Swedish Court’s Information Manager, has had a meeting with screenwriter, Åsa Lantz, and the royal family has been informed about the upcoming series. To the Swedish newspaper “Dagens Nyheter” the Royal Court has made the following comment: “As we understand it, it is planned as a drama documentary. When it comes to documentaries, it is important that they are as close to the truth as possible, and that the facts are presented correctly. As for the dramatized part of the series, it is of course based on artistic freedom, something we have no control over.”

When asked if the royal family welcomes the series, the Court answeeds: “Well, we have to see when it is brodacast”.

According to the plan, the drama series will follow the king’s journey from childhood to his current life as a monarch. The series is currently under development, according to the newspaper, and is produced by the company Filmlance. The company is behind a number of well-known Nordic series, including “The Bridge”, “Beck” and “Björnstad”. The title of the series has not yet been decided.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written five books on historical subjects and more than 700 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.