Monday May 7, 1945 – the Second World War finally comes to an end and a new, brighter future beckons. In the midst of central Stockholm celebrations, two strangers come together with a quick kiss, parting company immediately after. Upper-class girl Nina and kitchen hand Calle don’t yet know that their brief encounter will come to have tumultuous consequences. Witness the series that drew comparisons to DOWNTON ABBEY and immediately became one of the most successful Swedish shows ever.
Stockholm VE Day 1945. In the jubilant crowd on Kungsgatan, a spontaneous kiss between two strangers will have dire consequences.
2. The Return
Mr Peter Löwander returns from military service in Europe accompanied by a Jewish girl named Suzanne Goldstein. Peter´s mother and the family´s “matriarch” Helga quietly resents her son´s new friend and ponders on what to do.
3. The Jubilee
Gustaf and Helga prepare a jubilee celebrating the restaurant´s 50 year existence as a way of attracting customers.
5. The Restaurant Manager
While Gustaf is held in police custody Peter takes over the role of restaurant manager at Djurgårdskällaren.
6. The Reopening
At this point everything is hanging by a thread. Peter and Nina are struggling to keep the restaurant afloat.
7. The Crayfish Party
Stockholm,1946. Nina and Erik are celebrating their engagement with a crayish party at the archipelago and Calle is reluctantly in charge of the food.
8. The Agreement
Suzanne’s meltdown leads to huge consequences for both Peter and the restaurant.
9. The Housewife
Stockholm, 1950. The past few years have really changed things for the Löwanders. Nina and Erik gave birth to a baby girl and Nina is currently living a calm and quiet life as a housewife. But things aren’t as perfect as they seem.
Nina’s addiction has catastrophic consequences. There is a dirty battle going on between Gustaf and Peter about the ruling of the restaurant.
1. The Christmas Present
December 1955. Christmas is coming up, Restaurant DK is doing extremely well, and everything should be joy and tranquility. However, the Löwander family is divided. A distressing event causes the matriarch, Helga, to make a new attempt in reuniting the family, but Gustaf is still hurt and simply not interested.
2. Rock 'n' Roll
Italian youngster, Angelo, starts as a dishwasher at Restaurant DK and finds the first 24 hours rough. Helga, Peter and Nina try to persuade Gustaf not to sell his shares in the restaurant, but Gustaf wants to be free from the family and move on to invest in his new workplace - Oscarshof.
3. Old Families and New Ones
It is 1956. Henriette Winter is a new partner in the restaurant and Peter and Ester are trying to find a way to get rid of her. Backe is feeling his age and is becoming increasingly paranoid, upsetting the entire kitchen staff.
4. Nina’s Surprise
After the Oscarshof incident, Gustaf is missing. Fears are spreading that he might have taken his own life. Henriette Winter has decided to sell her share in the restaurant and Peter and Nina are fighting about who should buy it.
5. The Book
1957. Calle has been head chef at DK for a year and Gustaf is back working at the restaurant. Nina's daughter Christina wants to move to Stockholm to live with her mother, but Christina's father is not too sure.
7. The Ten-Thousand Kronor Question
Peter is agonizing over whether or not he should leave his family and the restaurant in order to live with the love of his life Suzanne.
8. The Sermon
1962. Calle and Nina have been doing their television program for five years and their relationship is strained from working two jobs.
9. Absolute Majority
Helga has had a stroke and her family fear the worst. Peter and Esther are worried about what will happen to DK if Helga passes away and begin to make secret arrangements.
1. The Nightclub
Stockholm in May 1968. Nina and her daughter Christina, who is now around twenty, prepare for the opening of “Ninas” – the DK restaurant that’s to be relaunched as a nightclub and discoteque.
Nina goes to see Peter and starts a row with him as he and Ester have seduced one of her DJs into working at “Royal”. “Ninas” are without a chef, so Gustaf and Bellan persuade Nina to meet with Calle.After some persuasion Maggan joins Lilly on a visit to an illegal gay nightclub.
3. Creme de la Creme
John and the left-wing group are short of money, and they decide to steal wallets from rich clients at “Ninas”. The newspapers have caught wind that Maggan, Stockholm’s city commissioner, has been to an illegal club.
Christina goes to see Uno, and confronts him about spying on John and her and the others. John and the left-wing group know that the police are on their trail. Money disappears from the daily takings at “Ninas”.
Three years later – it’s 1971. Uno is contacted by Ivar Strid, his old boss at IB, who tells him that they’ve managed to trace the left-wing group. Gustaf surprises Nina when he returns from Africa, where he and the family have been living as missionaries for some years.
6. The Elms
The kitchen at “Ninas” hasn’t had any deliveries of produce. Calle makes a call to check with the supplier and finds out that he hasn’t been paid. John and the left-wing group plan an attack on an international conference to be held in Stockholm in a few weeks.
7. The Countdown
Christina is practically a prisoner with John and the rest of the left-wing group. “Ninas” is on the verge of bankruptcy. Mirko Kostelic contacts Peter with a bold initiative: he wants them to put aside their old conflict and jointly buy “Ninas”.
At no point in time did any Swedish Chief say "Bork! Bork! Bork!"....Loved the series, will suggest it to my friends.
This series is absolutely brilliant! I wish it would never end.
True to life, heartachingly human. So happy for this series during this COVID-19.
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED This series!! Hedda Stiernstedt was brilliantly cast.. a perfect Nina
We already miss! The writing, acting and production quality superb! The cultural and historical journey wrapped in drama that touches on life, family experiences we can all relate to. A classic !