Mysteriet på Greveholm

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Mysteriet på Greveholm
Mysteriet på Greveholm (film) DVD coverart.jpg
Swedish DVD Cover
Genre Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Directed by Dan Zethraeus
Theme music composer The Creeps
Country of origin Sweden
Original language(s) Swedish
No. of episodes 24
Production
Running time 15 minutes
Distributor Sveriges Television
Release
Original network SVT1
Original release 1 December – 24 December 1996
Chronology
Preceded by Jul i Kapernaum (1995)
Followed by Pelle Svanslös (1997)

Mysteriet på Greveholm ("The Mystery of the Count's Islet") was the 1996 Swedish SVT Christmas Calendar production.[1] It was released on VHS in October 1997 and on DVD 19 November 2001. It was voted the best Julkalender ever in Aftonbladet in 2007.[2] A video game with the same name was released in 1997, and two sequels in 1998 (Mysteriet på Greveholm 2: Resan till Planutus) and 2000 (Mysteriet på Greveholm 3: Den gamla legenden).

The 2012 Julkalender, Grevens återkomst, is a sequel to Mysteriet på Greveholm.[3]

Premise[edit]

The plot follows a family deciding to spend their Christmas on the country. They intend to rent a small house, but stumble across an old castle. Mistaking two thieves for the owners they "rent" the abandoned castle. Soon their children, Ivar and Lillan, discover that the castle is haunted. At first the ghost seems to be evil, but soon the children (who are intrigued instead of terrified) befriend it. However, there is something else in the castle: something even the ghosts are frightened of.

Plot[edit]

Leif (Peter Fridh) is being blamed by SVT and the newspapers of Sweden for causing a satellite to come out of its regular orbit causing a complete blackout of Sweden's public service channels much to the annoyance of his dentist wife Astrid (Anna-Lena Brundin). Meanwhile a disgruntled man (Carl-Åke Eriksson) is renting out his house due to being fed up by the hauntings in the neighbouring castle. Astrid reads his advertisement and goes to look for the house, but ends up mistaking the castle for the house.

Two incompetent burglars, Rolf and Ralf, are trying to break into the castle. They are mistaken by Astrid for the owners, and they "rent" it to her. Astrid brings Leif and their children Ivar, Lillan and teenager Melitta to the castle and they settle in, much to Melitta's dismay. It becomes apparent that two ghosts, Jean and Staffan, inhabit the castle and are desperate to keep living people away. They try to frighten the family away, but Astrid, Leif and Melitta ignore them, and Ivar and Lillan becomes fascinated and try to find proof of their existence. A friend of Lillan hands over a device that calculates electronic activity and tells her that he has read that ghost's generate electric fields.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The outdoor scenes were recorded at Hjularöd Castle in the Eslöv Municipality,[4] and the indoor scenes were filmed at SVT's studio in Malmö. The music was written and performed by the Swedish band The Creeps.[5]

Episodes[edit]

  1. Hus att hyra (House to rent)
  2. Ett märkligt slott (A strange castle)
  3. Spökchock (Ghost shock)
  4. Att tämja ett spöke (To tame a ghost)
  5. En konstig familj (A strange family)
  6. Fällan (The trap)
  7. Drängen och betjänten (The horse keeper and the servant)
  8. Ögonmått och synvinkel (Tools)
  9. Oväntat besök (Unexpected visits)
  10. Greve von Dy:s menuett (Count von Dy's minuet)
  11. Skattjakten (The treasure hunt)
  12. Spöktimmen (The hour of the ghost)
  13. Lucia (Lucia)
  14. Skatten (The treasure)
  15. Lekande lätt (Easy)
  16. Melittas nya vänner (Melitta's new friends)
  17. Det var en gång... (Once upon a time...)
  18. Spejaren (The tracker)
  19. En riktig hjälte (A real hero)
  20. Lillan får en idé (Lillan gets an idea)
  21. Den sista striden (The final battle)
  22. Dioda (Dioda)
  23. Dan före dan (The day before Christmas)
  24. Jul på Greveholm (Christmas at Greveholm)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Varsågod - alla SVTs julkalendrar" (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. Archived from the original on 4 April 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Edling, Johan (1 December 2007). "Toppbetyg till årets julkalender". Aftonbladet. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Rothenborg, Ole (4 April 2012). "Till jul spökar det på Greveholm igen". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 4 April 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Hjularöds slott" (in Swedish). Eslöv Municipality. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Musiken till Greveholm - The Creeps" (in Swedish). Sveriges Television. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 

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