Responds to what “everyone” is wondering

TV 2 meets Atle Antonsen and Ine Jansen in connection with the recording of a new season with the drama comedy «Dear compatriots».

The main characters Atle Antonsen and Ine Jansen say that what has been most demanding with the series is finding buildings that can look regal.

Many TV viewers have wondered if they are recording at Det norske slott, but they can deny that. They have never filmed inside the castle itself, even though the series is about a fictional royal family in Oslo.

– They do things there at the castle, so I feel we would have gotten a little in the way if we had a recording there, says Antonsen with a sly smile.

KING AND QUEEN: Here in the roles of King Johan and Queen Isabella. Photo: TV 2

Here you would have hardly thought they recorded

They explain that several other European countries, such as Sweden, have more estates and counties than our home country.

– In Sweden you can buzz around, so you always find something that can look like a castle. In Norway you have to dig more. We’ve been to some building we’ve never been to before.

It is perhaps not so surprising that magnificent Losby estates are used when following the royal family in the scenes that are to be in private. It is perhaps somewhat more surprising that the War School in Tollbugata in central Oslo is used when they film the family on more official assignments and errands.

ADVERSE: The character of Atle Antonsen does not get it easy in the new season either.  Photo: TV 2

ADVERSE: The character of Atle Antonsen does not get it easy in the new season either. Photo: TV 2

The biggest surprise, however, is that the Norwegian Rheumatism Association presents one of the “royal buildings”.

– Ravmatikerforbundet is for some reason sitting on an old, fat house. They must have had some old rich guy, who donated all his money because he had a sore back. It’s fantastic, says Antonsen with a laugh.

It has also been filmed at Bogstad farm in Oslo.

Below you can see pictures of the different places being recorded:

THE WAR SCHOOL: Built around 1640 by Chancellor Jens Bjelke.  Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB

THE WAR SCHOOL: Built around 1640 by Chancellor Jens Bjelke. Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB

FARM BY THE SEA: Bogstad farm in Oslo.  Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB

FARM BY THE SEA: Bogstad farm in Oslo. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB

THE SURPRISE: Few would have thought that this room of the Norwegian Rheumatism Association was used in the royal series.  Photo: Google Streetview

THE SURPRISE: Few would have thought that this room of the Norwegian Rheumatism Association was used in the royal series. Photo: Google Streetview

LOSBY GODS: In 2019, the estate was named Europe's best historic hotel.  Photo: Google Streetview

LOSBY GODS: In 2019, the estate was named Europe’s best historic hotel. Photo: Google Streetview

Dramatically

Jansen says that the new season will still be about a family with a teenage daughter, a somewhat grumpy son, love life and challenges with the monarchy. Antonsen adds that they have made changes in the new season.

– It’s pretty much dramatic that happens too. A rather rapid development. I feel we’re screwing the screw a few notches this season. The “tight”, dramatic and fun. It is a series that is difficult to balance. It’s a drama comedy. We want it to be perceived as a bit true, so we always wonder how far we can go, and continue to insist that it is in a way “real”. I think we have become even better this season. I really threaten this. It’s good script too!

Both Antonsen and Jansen are full of excitement that the series is being broadcast on Swedish television these days. They take this as a great compliment, as it is more often Swedish series that find their way to Norway than the opposite.

In the interview below, it goes wrong when Antonsen tries on a youth word. See what he says in the clip.

Changed career path?

The Norwegian people remember Antonsen well from the time in “Team Antonsen”, “Out in our garden” and other more sketch-based comedy programs.

In recent years, he has increasingly been seen in more serious roles on both film and television. This has a natural explanation, according to Antonsen himself.

IN THE MAKE-UP: Jansen's role is often embellished in luxurious dresses and with associated impeccable make-up.  Photo: Sophie Amundsen Dregelid / TV 2

IN THE MAKE-UP: Jansen’s role is often embellished in luxurious dresses and with associated impeccable make-up. Photo: Sophie Amundsen Dregelid / TV 2

– It has become a lot different over time. It was a period I felt I had done most of the more traditional comedy stuff. But it was just luck and luck that a number of things came sailing in, which allowed me to stretch it a bit in a different direction.

He believes the change largely started when he had the lead role in “Day”. Since then, he has taken on several acting roles.

King Johan has not heard from King Harald

The actors, who play the roles of King Johan and Queen Isabella, respectively, are asked if they have heard anything from the Norwegian royal family after they started portraying monarchs.

– Not a split word, Jansen says with a laugh, before Antonsen adds:

– We reckon that they have seen everything, and love it. No, but the series is not about them. It is about a fictional royal family living in Norway, as Norway is today. I do not think it worries them. I think and hope that if something they think it’s a little fun.

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