Inspired by true events, this is the untold story of the Norwegian Crown Princess becoming an influential figure in world politics during World War II, depicting the tragic events of the war from a unique and unseen perspective. Starring Sofia Helin and Kyle MacLachlan.
Episode 1: The Attack
Crown Princess Martha and Crown Prince Olav fear a German invasion of Norway, but the Cabinet doesn't believe how real the danger is before it's too late. The Royal Family and Cabinet are forced to flee as the Nazis close in on them. Martha and Olav must make a heartbreaking decision to save their family.
Episode 2: The Throne
Martha is placed under enormous pressure from her Nazi-sympathizing uncle, King Gustav. He appeals to Hitler in an attempt to save the Norwegian dynasty by declaring little Harald king. When Olav flees to London, she must decide how to bring her children to safety, even though it means they may never be reunited with Olav again.
Episode 3: Crossing the Atlantic
The perilous journey across the Atlantic is dramatic. When she arrives to the USA, President Roosevelt invites Martha to stay at The White House as his guest and showers her and her children with attention. The mood changes when German bombs begin to fall over London. Martha fears for Olav's life and gets bad news.
Episode 4: Fires Spread
Olav asks Martha to influence President Roosevelt to support the allies against the Nazis. But the President has promised his people to keep the country out of the war. When Martha criticizes him, it takes a toll on their friendship. But then she finds a way for him to keep his election promises, while also helping Norway and the allies.
Episode 5: Empty Promises
When the military aid the USA had promised Norway hasn't materialized, Martha steps out into the public limelight to appeal to the American people for help. Just as she starts to see results, an unexpected source interferes. It is obvious that the President's feelings for her are deeper than friendship.
Episode 6: The Giant Awakens
The Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, and the downcast President turns to Martha for comfort. Olav confronts Martha about the rumors of an affair between her and the President, but when an unexpected threat arises, she and the children need the President's protection.
Episode 7: The Gift
Olav accuses Martha of placing the children in grave danger, without her achieving anything for Norway. He gives her a clear ultimatum. Martha is put on the spot when President Roosevelt announces that he will present her—and Norway—a substantial gift and asks that she tells him what she feels for him.
Episode 8: A Queen Returns
Martha suffers a great loss and must decide if she will remain in the USA or return home to Norway with the children after the war. But before she can start a new life, there is one final battle Martha must face—maybe the greatest battle of her life.
Producer: Moa Westeson, Silje Hopland Eik
Executive Producer: Tone Ronning, Justus Riesenkampff, Friedemann Goez, Anni Faurbye Fernandez, Sofia Helin, James Cabourne, Alexander Eik, Susanne Simpson, Sofie Wanting Hassing
Production Company: Cine Nord
Copyright Year: 2020
Director: Alexander Eik, Janic Heen
Actors: Sofia Helin, Kyle MacLachlan, Tobias Santelmann, Soren Pilmark, Anneke Von Der Lippe, Lasse Kolsrud, Harriet Sansom Harris, Lucy Russell, Suzanne Bertish, Daniel Betts
Writers: Alexander Eik, Linda May Kallestein
Number of Discs: 3
Length: 470 minutes
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen