Sunday Night exclusive with Agnetha

2013-05-02_1107Sunday Night‘s Rahni Sadler has an exclusive interview with famed recluse, Agnetha Faltskog.

62 year old Faltskog has been notoriously media-shy since exiting ABBA.

She last released a solo album in 2004 and has made few public appearances (Seven’s promo about “no interviews, no appearances, nothing” for 30 years is a little misleading).

Now she has a new album, simply titled, A, to be released on May 10th.

Sadler travelled to the Swedish island that is her home for an interview where “nothing is off limits.” She even sings some ABBA music.

Bjorn Ulvaeus is also interviewed.

This story will comprise the bulk of Sunday Night, but there are also stories on Mrs. Brown’s Boys and Chrissy Amphlett.

Thirty years ago one of the world’s biggest sex symbols and music superstars vanished almost overnight. Agnetha Faltskog was the beautiful blonde in ABBA, the Swedish super group who split suddenly after 10 years of worldwide success. For the past three decades little has been heard or seen of the mysterious pop queen, who was married to fellow ABBA band member Bjorn Ulvaeus. Life was different in 1977 when the band toured Australia and ABBA-mania was born. More than 160,000 people watched the 11 concerts and for Agnetha the pressure of fame was starting to show. Apart from giving a handful of newspaper interviews decades ago, Agnetha, now a 62-year-old grandmother, withdrew from the world and raised her children on a remote island. Now she is back in the limelight, with her first original solo album in more than two decades, A, to be released on May 10. In this world exclusive and Sunday Night special, reporter Rahni Sadler travels to the island to spend time getting to know Agnetha, and nothing is off limits. A never-to-be-forgotten interview, the notoriously private star opens up about her life, her reclusiveness, her failed marriage, her love of Australia and her life today. She even sings ABBA’s music again for the first time since the early 80s.

Brendan O’Carroll is the creator and artistic genius behind the hit TV series and stage show Mrs Brown’s Boys, in which he plays foul-mouthed Irish matriarch Agnes Brown. His amazing life journey so far is a rags to riches to rags and back to riches rollercoaster. In this exclusive profile, Brendan takes reporter Ross Coulthart back to where it all began in Dublin’s tough working class suburbs. At nine years old, Brendan’s father died from asbestosis and not long after he was diagnosed dyslexic. By 12, he’d left school to work as a milkman’s assistant. Brendan married at 19 and six years later thought he’d made it when he bought a pub, but his partner skipped town leaving him heavily in debt. Despair saw Brendan give stand-up comedy a try. It was the beginning of a golden show business career, but he still managed to lose everything one more time when his investment in a movie went belly up. Today, Brendan is a multi-millionaire comedian, scriptwriter and actor with a blockbuster show heading to Australia.

Two weeks ago Aussie legend and lead singer of the Divinyls Chrissy Amphlett died in a New York hospital at the far-too-young age of 53. She was courageous to the very last, just as she was during Sunday Night’s recent stories charting her battles against Multiple Sclerosis and breast cancer. A little over a year ago, on her very last visit to Australia, Chrissy invited our cameras to capture one of her last song writing sessions. It was a magical moment in musical history. Watch, listen and reminisce.

Sunday, May 5 on Channel Seven at 6.30pm.


  1. Full Harddrive

    I agree squirrel, but they would say My Colouring Book was a covers album, hence not ‘originals’ . Still misleading though. Can’t believe Ags is filming all this publicity (she even may appear at a gay bar in London next week) or that Sunday Night got the interview (Rahni who?). Surreal.

  2. Secret Squirrel

    @OzJay is right. She’s far from a recluse and has made heaps of albums in both Swedish and English as well as a bunch of compilations.

    “…first original solo album in more than two decades…”
    Only if you don’t count 2004’s ‘My Colouring Book’ which sold over 700,000 copies.

  3. ABBA remain one of the biggest selling pop groups of all time and in Australia they were, and still are huge.
    Remember The Best Of Abba out-rated the Moonlanding!.
    This should go well for Seven.

  4. Not a fan of Rahni Sadler at all.
    But will be watching, as this is the first time the term “exclusive” has been used on SN correctly.
    Can’t wait.

  5. I’ve adored Agnetha since I was a toddler, so I can’t wait to see her interview. I’ve heard the leaked version of ‘A’ – a little cheesy, but I love it (Dance Your Pain Away is a cracker).

    Glad to see Chrissy Amphlett being honoured too. There never was, and there’ll never be, anyone like her.

  6. Seven’s promo is more than “a little” misleading. Agnetha has had an entire solo career since ABBA – released three internationally successful English language albums, had numerous Swedish language hits, released and publicised an autobiography, even attended quite a few of the public events around the stage and film versions of Mamma Mia. In between projects she lives quietly and doesn’t court the media, but that hardly makes her a recluse.

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