If You Love ‘Downton Abbey’, You Need to Watch ‘The Restaurant’: What Is the Swedish TV Series About?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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The Restaurant stands out as the subsequent binge-worthy historic drama tailor-made for Downton Abbey followers. Originally titled Vår tid Är nu (immediately translated to Our Time is Now), this Swedish sequence has three seasons. Retitled The Restaurant for English-speaking audiences, the TV present is out there for streaming through Sundance Now — which might be accessed via an Amazon Prime account.

The TV sequence ‘The Restaurant’ has three seasons and 28 episodes obtainable through Amazon Prime

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Behind the scenes of Downton Abbey | Hazel Thompson/Walt Disney Television through Getty Images

The TV sequence The Restaurant begins in 1945 on the finish of World War II. The first episode, titled “Peace,” introduces the rich, restaurant-owning Löwander household. The upper-class Löwanders personal a well-liked Stockholm restaurant catering to the Swedish elite, however the restaurant itself is struggling financially. The household is comprised of the mom, Helga, two sons, Peter and Gustaf, and a daughter named Nina.

Nina Löwander could also be seen because the equal to Michelle Dockery’s character, Lady Mary Crawley, in Downton Abbey. In a 2019 interview on the Göteborg Film Festival, Hedda Stiernstedt, who performs Nina, shared that she discovered “so much about [herself] and developed as an actress” in the course of the 300 days of taking pictures the sequence. The Restaurant star felt lucky to work with so many superb actors and administrators, too, all through the 28 episodes.

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Although the sequence’ actors might not be family names within the U.S., the attractive Nina rocks some fabulous outfits, very similar to Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary.

Stiernstedt herself can also be a fashionista; she was featured in a February 2018 Vogue piece the place she shared her private trend preferences:

In actual life, I’m approach rather more of a snug tomboy, however I do like to play on my femininity as effectively, and the purple carpets are undoubtedly the place I do it probably the most.

The Swedish sequence and characters have many similarities to ‘Downton Abbey’

On The Restaurant, Nina serendipitously meets her forbidden love-interest, Carl “Calle” Svensson, performed by Swedish actor Charlie Gustafsson. Calle may be thought of a parallel to Downton Abbey’s character, Tom Branson (portrayed by actor Allen Leech). Like Branson’s character, Calle works for the rich Löwander household within the kitchenWhile the star-crossed lovers are from distinct social courses, Calle’s candy, hard-working disposition and glorious cooking expertise make him too arduous to withstand for Nina.

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A signed and framed poster of Downton Abbey in 2011 | Ian Gavan/Getty Images

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As recommended by TheCultureTrip: “If you liked Downton Abbey, you’re going to like Sweden’s reply to that epic present: Our Time is Now/The Restaurant.” 

Much like Downton Abbey, the cinematography in The Restaurant is charming and performing very good.

“It’s a story of hope, the challenges of life and love, how we deal with the world we’re born into, and how we react when it changes,” the publication continued.

The present’s first season gained the Kristallen Award for Best Swedish TV drama. Reading the Swedish subtitles is a small worth to pay to look at “Sweden’s Downton Abbey.”

A particular Christmas-themed fourth season will hopefully be launched on the finish of this 2020.

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