Atlantic Crossing on Masterpiece
A friendship forged in war is beautifully portrayed by Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks) as U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt and Swedish star Sofia Helin (The Bridge) as Norwegian Crown Princess Martha in Atlantic Crossing, a new eight-part MASTERPIECE series based on a true story of passion and politics.
Atlantic Crossing jumps back and forth across the North Atlantic throughout World War II, depicting momentous events in the changing fortunes of Norway, Great Britain and the United States. The series opens in 1939 with a goodwill visit by Olav (played by Tobias Santelmann) and Martha to the United States, where they befriend the president and first lady (played by Harriet Samsom Harris).
Months later, Norway is fighting for survival as Nazi Germany invades the neutral country with the goal of seizing its strategic ports and securing access to iron ore mines for steel production. During the assault, German troops try to capture the Norwegian royal family for use as bargaining chips, but the King and Olav manage to escape to England where they set up a government-in-exile. Meanwhile Martha and the three children make their hazardous way to America where they are taken in at the White House by President Roosevelt. This sets the stage for an epic drama that mixes war and diplomacy, desire and jealousy. At the outset, America is officially neutral. It would be political suicide if Roosevelt defies the strong isolationist sentiment in the U.S., yet Martha urges him to find a way to help Norway in the fight against Germany. Meanwhile, across the ocean, Olav grows increasingly suspicious of Martha’s close ties to the president. Is it friendship or something more?
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