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Life on Seacrow Island

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Life on Seacrow Island
Created byAstrid Lindgren
Directed byOlle Hellbom
StarringMaria Johansson
Torsten Lilliecrona
Louise Edlind
Stephen Lindholm
Björn Söderbäck
Urban Strand
Bengt Eklund
Eva Stiberg
Theme music composerUlf Björlin
Country of originSweden
Original languageSwedish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Running time~25 min
Original release
Release18 January (1964-01-18) –
11 April 1964 (1964-04-11)

Life on Seacrow Island (Swedish: Vi på Saltkråkan) is a Swedish TV series, consisting of thirteen 25-minute episodes from 1964. The script for the series was written by Astrid Lindgren, who later re-wrote it as a book, also titled Vi på Saltkråkan (published in English as Seacrow Island in 1964). Astrid Lindgren was closely involved in the filming and editing of the series, which took place on Norröra in the Stockholm archipelago. The series was produced and directed by Olle Hellbom.


The series tells the story of a family from Stockholm, consisting of the widowed author Melker Melkersson (Torsten Lilliecrona) and his four children: 19-year-old Malin (Louise Edlind) who assumes the role of mother in the family, the imaginative 13-year-old Johan, 12-year-old Niklas who is calm and down-to-earth, and 7-year-old Pelle, who loves animals of all kinds. The Melkersson family spend their summer holidays as well as some winters on Saltkråkan, an idyllic place symbolising the unspoilt archipelago. The year-round inhabitants of the island are sometimes amused by the ineptness of the city dwellers, but they become fast friends with the Melkersson family: when the idyll is threatened, such as when the house the Melkerssons rent is being sold, the islanders rise to help their friends keep their summer paradise.

The Melkersson children become friends with the local kids: Tjorven (actually Maria) Grankvist who is the same age as Pelle and who owns a huge St. Bernard dog named Båtsman (Boatswain), her older sisters Teddy and Freddy who teach Johan and Niklas to row and sail, and Stina, a gap-toothed Stockholm girl who spends her summer holidays with her grandfather, and who tells endless stories to the long-suffering adults around her. Astrid Lindgren added the character of Stina to the script when Olle Hellbom had met Kristina Jämtmark and thought that she would make a good addition to the group of children.[1]

The 13 episodes of the TV series were re-made into a film in 1968, but the original TV series is re-run almost yearly in Swedish television, and some of the actors have become very closely associated with their characters in the series.[2][3] The series has been translated into German, and was popular enough to be broadcast more than 20 times.[4]

Film spin-offs[edit]

The popularity of the series led to the production of four full-length films:

  • Tjorven, Båtsman och Moses (1964)
  • Tjorven och Skrållan (1965)
  • Tjorven och Mysak (1966)
  • Skrållan, Ruskprick och Knorrhane (1967)



  1. ^ Astrid Lindgren-nostalgi i ny bok "Astrid Lindgren nostalgia in a new book", article in Östgöta Correspondenten, 26 August 2004 Archived February 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Man blir ju ganska stämplad" Archived July 18, 2006, at the Wayback Machine - interview with Louise Edlind Friberg about 40 years of being identified with "Malin".
  3. ^ IMDB quote - Torsten Lilliecrona about his identification with Melker Melkersson.
  4. ^ Ferien auf Saltkrokan German TV Guide (German)

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