Flatpack Empire

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Flatpack Empire
Also known asFlatpack: The World’s Biggest Furniture Store
Directed byRob Farquhar
Narrated byOlivia Colman
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes3
Executive producer(s)
  • Tom Barry
  • Liesel Evans
  • Tim Wardle
Producer(s)Tom Swingler
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Raw TV
Original network
Original release6 February –
20 February 2018
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Flatpack Empire is a British documentary television series that was first broadcast on BBC Two between 6 and 20 February 2018. The three-part series goes behind the scenes of the world's largest and best-known furniture retailer, IKEA [1][2][3][4] with narrator Olivia Colman.


The series was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two, and Jamie Balment, Commissioning Editor, BBC Documentaries.[5] The series was produced in partnership with the Open University.[6]

The series explores the "distinctly Swedish philosophy behind the company’s extraordinary cultural influence and commercial success".[5]

Critical reception[edit]

The Daily Telegraph described the documentary as "gloomy"[7] and The Guardian describing the culture shown in IKEA as "less like a furniture shop and more like a flatpack cult".[8]


  1. ^ "Topic: IKEA". www.statista.com. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  2. ^ Loeb, Walter. "IKEA Is A World-Wide Wonder". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  3. ^ "How IKEA creator Ingvar Kamprad built the world's largest furniture retailer — and a $39 billion fortune". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  4. ^ Editorial, Reuters. "IKEA mulls joint venture with Bosnia furniture maker". U.S. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  5. ^ a b "BBC - BBC Two commissions Flatpack: The World's Biggest Furniture Store (w/t) from Raw - Media Centre". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  6. ^ "BBC Two commissions Flatpack: The World's Biggest Furniture Store - Raw TV". Raw TV. 2017-04-13. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  7. ^ "Flatpack Empire was a gloomy portrayal of Ikea and its sunny promise of a happier lifestyle: review". The Telegraph. 2018-02-06. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  8. ^ Wollaston, Sam (2018-02-06). "Flatpack Empire review – Ikea's furniture revolution witnessed from the shop floor". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-27.

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