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Sweden is well known of its crime stories like Innocently Convicted (Oskyldigt dömd) from 2008, The Hypnotist (Hypnotisören) from 2012, The Millenium TV-series based on the novels of Stig Larsson (Men who hate women (Män som hatar kvinnor), The girl who played with fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) & The girl who kicked the Hornet’s nest literally translated: The air castled that was blown up (Luftslottet som sprängdes) in the original Swedish title and the latest joint Swedish-Danish Saturday night hit from 2014 The Bridge (Bron/Broen). The list could of course continue with other popular crime series.
Will people have a change of heart when it comes to the new Swedish TV-success Our time is now (Vår tid är nu)? The costume drama starts out in the middle of the celebration of peace in the streets of Stockholm where Nina Löwander from the eminent restaurant-owner family meets Calle Svensson a poor guy for the first time in the end of World World II. In the heat of the celebration Calle Svensson steals a kiss…I know it doesn’t sound too catchy at first but this new tv-serie tells not only a story of the restaurant owner Löwander-family, but also moves with the time and the historical events that formed Sweden into the country that she is today. We can see the position of the Swedish state during WWII, the development of workers right movement (arbetarrörelsen) and unions (fackföreningar), the labour force based immigration (invandring), women’s fight for equality (jämställdhet) both at home and work, the emergence of the Social Democratic party and the so-called Folkhemmet that played an important role of the Swedish welfare state (välfärdsstat), but also how fashion, art, music and architecture has evolved.
Vår tid är nu is a tv-series that carefully cherry-picked Sweden’s most beloved actors and actresses but also new faces who have already stolen the heart of the Swedish audience. Among the cast you can see for example Adam Lundgren who was the star of Jonas Gardell’s Don’t ever wipe tears without gloves (Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar), and also Peter Dalle, Suzanne Reuter and Göran Ragnerstam. The latter has also appeared in the well-know crime story called Jordskott. You guys are all in for a real treat so hopefully it won’t take long before foreign channels like the BBC (who’s audience is really fond of the Swedish crime stories) pick up on the tv-series.