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Johan Widerberg on the success of the series Ebba and Didrik: do not Like

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Johan Widerberg on the success of the series Ebba and Didrik: do not Like
Johan Widerberg+ FÖLJJohan Widerberg on the success of the series Ebba and Didrik: ”do not Like” 1 of 5 | Photo: Stefan Mattsson, Johan Widerberg.PLEASURE

Johan Widerberg broke through as Didrik Clean in ”Ebba and Didrik”.

premiere episode drew a miljonpublik 1990 – but myself, Johan Widerberg not wanted to looked at the tv series.

"this is not my thing at all," he says in the Swedish tv-programme ”Svenska tv-stories”.

Johan Widerberg , 44, played a dreamy 12-year-old boy, who becomes head over heels in love with 23-year-old pianist Yrla Nor, in ungdomsserien ”Ebba and Didrik”.

the Series began as a radioföljetong in the summer of 1985, where Johan Widerberg made the role of Didrik Clean. But when the character would get life in front of a tv camera, hesitated Johan Widerberg to continue as Didrik.

– I did not know at all that I had no desire to do it there. So I thanked him kindly, but very firmly, no, " he says in the television program ”the Swedish tv-stories”, which is broadcast on SVT.

But after several months of pestering from filmteamets page thanked Johan Widerberg, finally, yes to the role.

– During the six months was my lack of motivation at school so acute that I did anything to get out of there. Then I said yes.

– We definitely wanted to have Johan. There was no one else, " says the screenwriter, Christina Herrström , 59.

”the Neck of a 13-year-old,”

Recording began in the spring of 1988 and took place in skåne, the Cove outside of Ängelholm, Båstad, Helsingborg and Täby, sweden, Waxholm, sweden and on the island of Lidingö. The work with the series was not always as pleasurable for Johan Widerberg. He had ambivalent feelings about the recordings, and the character of Didrik.

– Didrik-the character is kind of a ärketönt. When you are 13, you just want to be tough. So sit and sing ”Yrla, whirl, virvelflicka...” It is the neck of a 13-year-old with the desire to be tough, " he says in the program.

Didrik bonus veren siteler singing and playing the piano, something Johan Widerberg did not feel comfortable with.

– I can't sing. It sounds terrible. So the shame is also terrible to deal with, as a sensitive teen who just wants to be tough. Partly töntighetsnivån and then the fact that I suffer from not being able to express numbers. If you had been Benjamin Ingrosso , then you were well able to sit there and cuddle a bit. But, no. Damn.


”Ebba and Didrik” has been hailed as a masterpiece and repriserats four times in the SVT: 1995, 2000, 2007 and 2012.

The first episode was broadcast on Saturday, 6 January 1990. Over a million viewers sat positioned and critics received the new series with open arms, according to ”Swedish tv-stories”. Suddenly barnskådespelarna sought-after interviewees. the Lisen Arnell , 40, who played Ebba Clean, remember the resurrection.

– Journalists, critics, the people I met – everyone loved the ”Ebba and Didrik”. It really was a series that almost became the kultförklarad directly. It felt so strong that everyone liked so much about this series, " she says in the program.

But all was not as positive.

”not Like this”

– ”Ebba and Didrik” I have never had any need to see, for I know what it is and I know that I don't like it here. This is not my thing at all. It might be fun for my daughter to check on it when she gets a little older, " says Johan Widerberg in ”Swedish tv stories”.

But the series is not only an unpleasant memory of Johan Widerberg.

– Despite the fact that I am part of the work itself, so was the actual process absolutely crucial for the rest of my life. I came from the school, which could have really cracked me up completely, " he says and continues:

– From this point of view meant ”Ebba and Didrik” everything to me on a personal level. It was a stepping-stone in adult life, which had been unheard of and difficult to get otherwise. I am hugely grateful, despite all the whining.

”Swedish tv-stories” airs Saturdays at 19: 00 on BBC1 and is available on SVT Play.

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