Annika (TV series)

Annika is a three-part mini-series written and produced by Colin Nutley and Sven-Gösta Holst and televised in 1984. It tells the story of a romance between Pete, an eighteen year old Isle of Wight deck chair attendant (played by Jesse Birdsall) and a Swedish foreign language student, the titular Annika (played by Christina Rignér).

Series title card over blurred image of motorcyclist
GenreRomantic drama
Written by
Directed byColin Nutley
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • Sweden
Original language(s)
  • English
  • Swedish
No. of series1
No. of episodes3 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Lewis Rudd
  • Ingrid Edstom
Producer(s)Colin Nutley
CinematographyJens Fischer
Running time3 x 60 minute episodes
Production company(s)Central Independent Television
Original networkITV
Original release10 August –
24 August 1984


  • Christina Rignér as Annika Sellberg
  • Jesse Birdsall as Pete Daniels
  • Ann-Charlotte Stålhammar as Pia
  • Birger Österberg as Per
  • Anders Bongenhielm as Torbjörn
  • Vas Blackwood as Alan
  • Lia Williams as Karen
  • Mark Drewry as Bill Bartender
  • Christer Boustedt as Mr. Sellberg
  • Don Henderson as Mr. Daniels
  • Lena Strömdahl as Mrs. Sellberg


No.EpisodeDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1The BeginningColin NutleyColin Nutley10 August 1984
Pete is working another summer as a deck chair attendant in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. His life changes when he meets Annika, a Swedish foreign language student visiting the Island for the summer.
2The MiddleColin NutleyColin Nutley17 August 1984
Annika returns home to Stockholm. Pete misses her and decides to follow her to Sweden. He stays with her family but finds some aspects of Swedish culture difficult to adapt to.
3The EndColin NutleyColin Nutley24 August 1984
Pete and Annika's relationship is under strain following tragic events. Without anywhere to live Pete eventually decides to return to the United Kingdom.



Swedish foreign language students from companies such as EF have been regular visitors to the Isle of Wight since the 1970s and romances such as the one depicted in this series were not uncommon.[1]

Filming locations

The series was filmed in and around Ryde, parts of London and in Sweden, Stockholm and the surrounding area. In Ryde locations included the head of Ryde Pier (at the start of episode 1) and the Prince Consort bar.


Episode 1 featured scenes in the Prince Consort bar with live music being played by the, then popular, Isle of Wight band The Waltons.[2]

DVD releases

A region 2 DVD entitled Annika The Complete Series was released by Network in 2011.[3]

Annika DVD front cover
DVD cover for 2011 Network DVD release


  1. ^ "Host family Isle of Wight | EF host families in Isle of Wight". Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  2. ^ "The Waltons Download Page". Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  3. ^ "Annika: The Complete Series:". Network On Air. Retrieved 2018-02-11.

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