Hugh's Scandimania

Hugh's Scandimania

Series 1

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Review

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall branches out into travelogue. He wants to crack the “Norse code” and uncover the truth behind Scandinavian clichés – while gently milking them. Hence this (very enjoyable) Swedish opener isn’t afraid to take in Abba, Volvo and Ikea, but also highlights less well-known national traits, like the love of hunting.

When the group Hugh goes hunting with bags an elk, the presenter fries up the animal’s enormous liver with berries to feed the party – and gets a brilliantly un-effusive response to his efforts. It’s all part of the Swedish tradition of lagom, perhaps – nothing excessive, restraint in all things.

Summary

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall explores the attractions and culture of Scandinavia, starting his adventure in Sweden. He visits a restaurant in Stockholm where everything is cooked over a wood-burning fire, joins an elk hunt in Umea, and in Gothenburg, sees a `flatpack house' being assembled in just one morning. The chef also tours the set of a hit sitcom, visits the suburb of Husby - where riots broke out in May last year - and meets Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus, who talks about the Swedish approach to life.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Contributor Bjorn Ulvaeus
Executive Producer Nick Shearman
Executive Producer Andrew Palmer
Series Director Neil Ferguson
Series Producer Stephen Leigh
Series Producer Neil Ferguson
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