Here’s what Swedish and Danish TV is showing over Christmas, that might be of interest to some of us (i.e. anyone who visits here). I’m not sure what’s available outside either country, but it might be worth a go on SVTPlay, TV4Play and DR.
I know there’s other things on, like Julotta på Liseberg and Pernillas jul, but they’ve already started. This is just what’s coming up.
Friday 16 December, 20.00 (7pm), DR1
DRs store Juleshow
The annual Nordic Christmas concert – last year’s featured a fantastic duet from Erik Hassle and Stine from Alphabeat. This year, they’ve got, among others, Rasmus Seebach, Sanne Salomonsen, Tim Schou with A Friend In London, German schlager star Helene Fischer, Lisa Nilsson, Ane Brun and someone called Måns Zelmerlöw…
(The show is also broadcast on SVT on Christmas Eve as Nordisk julkonsert, details below.)
Wednesday 21 December, 20.00 (7pm UK), SVT1
Melodifestivalen 2011 – vägen till Düsseldorf
The annual look back at the year’s Melodifestivalen with Christer Björkman. The three hosts of 2012’s contest, Sarah Dawn Finer, Helena Bergström and Gina Dirawi, will also be talking about what they’re expecting in February and March. There’ll also be footage of the presentation press conferences.
Friday 23 December, 20.00 (7pm UK), TV4
Christmas edition of Bingolotto with Lotta Engberg and Jan Bylund. Not sure if anyone we like will be on, but fingers crossed.
15.00 (2pm UK), SVT1
Kalle Anka och hans vänner önskar God Jul
19.00 (6pm UK), SVT1
Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton
Because you have to.
Christmas Eve, 20.00 (7pm UK), TV4
O, helga natt
Starring Shirley Clamp (yes!) and Thomas Di Leva, this is Christmas allsång with the works.
Christmas Eve, 20.00 (7pm UK), SVT1
The Swedish broadcast of Denmark’s Store Juleshow.
Christmas Day, 18.30 (5.30pm UK), SVT1
En sång om glädje – jul
Lots of lovely festive songs, featuring Jill Johnson.
Christmas Day, 19.45 (6.45pm UK), SVT1
HM Konungens jultal
Where Knug Carl Gustav reveals all. Or not.
Thursday 29 December, 20.00 (7pm UK), TV4
Sweden’s voluntary workers are celebrated with a big gala. Guests haven’t been announced, but there could be one or two favourites there.
New Year’s Eve, 19.00 (6pm UK), SVT2
Countrytema på nyårsafton – Country Night
Country music is celebrated, with contributions from the likes of Nina Persson and Helena Josefsson. Later, there’s a Dolly Parton concert and then Loretta, the film about Loretta Lynn’s life starring Sissy Spacek. Amazing.
New Year’s Eve, 22.30 (9.30pm UK), SVT1
Skavlan – julspecial
Skavlan’s got lots of REAL MUSIC on (Noel Gallagher, Florence “+” that infernal Machine, etc, although Tony Bennett is great, of course), but Benny Andersson will be on with his son Ludvig to have a festive chat about… alcoholism. Noomi Rapace is on, too, chatting about politics with Carl Bildt.
Monday 2 January, 20.00 (7pm UK), SVT1
Tio-i-topp 50 år
Sweden’s iconic music radio programme celebrates 50 years since its first broadcast (hosted by Lill Lindfors). This is going to be very 60s and 70s, but Benny Andersson is on, and there might be some gems in there.
Monday 2 January, 21.00 (8pm UK), SVT1
One of this year’s big Swedish films (‘Crown Jewels’) is shown starting tonight – it won’t have subtitles, but it does star Björn Gustafsson in full 80s gear, along with Bill Skarsgård.
Sunday 8 January, 20.00 (7pm UK), SVT1
Benny Anderssons Orkester
Glorious concert with Helen Sjöholm and Tommy Körberg.
If there’s anything I’ve missed (probably), let me know…