U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt (Twin Peaks’ Kyle MacLachlan) and Norwegian Crown Princess Martha (Swedish star Sofia Helin) navigate choppy waters in Atlantic Crossing, debuting Sunday, April 4 on PBS stations (check local listings for channel and time in your area), and on the PBS Masterpiece streaming service.
The eight-episode series opens in 1939, shortly before the start of World War II. Norway’s Crown Prince Olav (Tobias Santelmann) and Crown Princess Martha befriend FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt (Desperate Housewives’ Harriet Sansom Harris) as part of a goodwill tour of the U.S. Months later, the Nazis invade neutral Norway, forcing the King (Søren Pilmark) and Olav to flee to England, where they set up a government-in-exile. Meanwhile, Martha and her three children escape to America, where they are taken in at the White House by President Roosevelt.
As FDR deals with competing pressures – to enter the war on the allies’ behalf versus remaining isolationist – tongues wag about his relationship with Princess Martha. The scuttlebutt also irritates Eleanor, advisor Harry Hopkins (Daniel Bett), and the President’s rumored lover, Missy LeHand (Lucy Russell).
The cast includes Norwegian actors Anneke von der Lippe, Stig R. Amdam, Trond Teigen and Maria Annette Tanderø Berglyd.
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