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Re: Norway’s version of “The Crown” is underway
Marianne - Your skepticism about this series is well founded. I am reading "Queen of the World" by Robert Hardman and he cites instances where "The Crown" made some glaring - if not slanderous - errors regarding the Queen and Prince Philip. One that caught my eye had to do with the Queen's motive for visiting Ghana. "The Crown" portrayed the Queen as feeling "inadequate" when compared to the glamorous Jackie Kennedy. Totally untrue. The Queen's visit was wrapped up in some complicated political machinations that had nothing to do with any personal feelings the Queen might have. The story is too long to explain here. But it turns up on page 137. "The Crown" also depicted a Britannia tour taken for "fun and games." When, in fact, there were distinguished explorers aboard."The Crown" also created a fabricated argument between the ship's captain and the Duke of Edinburgh, claiming the Duke ordered the ship to sail thousands of miles off course.(page 355) What was most damaging was the film showed the Duke mocking the ship's captain for spending the second world war on shore duty. The author of "Queen of the World," Hardman, said the Duke would never usurp the captain's authority nor would he have "traduced" anyone's war record, particularly that of an Admiral. Filmmakers can be excused for taking artistic license to enhance dialogue, etc., but to create false narratives for whatever reason is, in my view, professional misconduct. And films, such as these, should be regarded as fiction. Otherwise, how is the viewer supposed to know what is true and what is not?
The starting point for the series will be the eight books that historian Tor Bomann-Larsen has written about King Haakon and Queen Maud.
Seven of these books have already been published, while the eighth is still in progress.
Nordic Film confirms that all eight books form the basis for the script they are now writing. Tor Bomann-Larsen has spent twenty years writing the biographies of King Haakon.
More here: http://royalcentral.co.uk/europe/norway/norways-version-of-the-crown-is-underway-115577?fbclid=IwAR1MnGVXWctRj8LEO25HgJbrHtDXrlYg289JwiXvYnBViz3FgTua-D5aKv4
* I like to add that those books are truly fabulous and I don't know of any present-day royal author who comes even close to the way Tor Bomann - Larsen researches his books and presents them.! Very impressive and highly recommended to anyone who reads/understands Norwegian
That said I am a tadd sceptical about the way this new series will come across. Afraid it will be 'redesigned' into something popular and 'easy to understand for a broad audience'.