Airing Sundays, April 4-May 23 at 9 p.m. on CPTV
A princess steals the heart of the president of the United States in an epic drama based on the World War II relationship of Franklin Roosevelt and Norwegian Crown Princess Martha.
Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Sex and the City) stars as Roosevelt, opposite Swedish star Sofia Helin (The Bridge) as the beautiful Martha, who flees the Nazis with her three young children and lives under Roosevelt’s protection. The eight-part series co-stars Tobias Santelmann as Crown Prince Olav and Harriet Sansom Harris as First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
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Atlantic Crossing opens in 1939 with a goodwill visit by Olav (Santelmann) and Martha (Helin) to the United States where they befriend the president (MacLachlan) and first lady (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 (Søren Pilmark, Downsizing) 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? The relationship also tries the patience of the first lady and Roosevelt’s closest advisors: Harry Hopkins (Daniel Betts, The Crown) and the president’s rumored paramour Missy LeHand (Lucy Russell, Wolf Hall).
For Martha, the whole experience is an education like no other, as the shy and beautiful crown princess must play the roles of public figure, confidante, statesman, and single mother, while she anxiously awaits the outcome of a war that may unalterably transform her nation.
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