Filmed: November 2022 (a guess)
Location: London (a guess)
Broadcast: Friday 2 December 2022
Release status: Unreleased
Duration: 51 seconds
Shown in: Worldwide - Internet
One year after Björn and Sir Ian McKellan appeared knitting together in a bizarre series of films promoting ABBA Voyage, another one popped up on Friday 2 December 2022 on all ABBA Voyage social media platforms, followed a few days later by a couple more. In each one, obviously filmed at the same time, they are wearing the 2021 Christmas ABBA sweater and knitting the 2022 ones!
There chat appears (at least to me) to be improvised:
Note that the music in the background for all videos is a Christmassy instrumental version of Chiquitita - although it's not known how much Benny was involved in that.
Sir Ian McKellan joins ABBA!
Sir Ian McKellan: Knitting is a solitary activity but one that you can do in company
Björn Ulvaeus: Yeah
SIM: I prefer knitting with friends
BU: I do too but .... are you knitting with others? You're not ...
SIM: Oh, no, no, just you, just you. No, I'm faithful!
SIM: And I'm very, very pleased to see, to see that the poster that you've put up .... (mumbles)
BU: Yeah, it's good, yes
SIM: Finally ...
BU: Finally you found you place!
SIM: Yes, and you put me in the centre, that was very generous
BU: Of course! Where else? Where else?
SIM: Of course, maybe next year we'll have A, B, I ...
BU: Yes, yes yes! A, B, I, B, A ...
ABBA's Björn and Sir Ian McKellen sing a knitting song
Sir Ian McKellan: I seem to remember last year you said that you were going to write a knitting song?
Björn Ulvaeus: Er, did I?
SIM: Wouldn't that be nice? A knitting song, just think about that ...
BU: I'll think about that 'til next year
BU: There's a certain kind of rhythmn in this knitting, isn't there?
BU: ... which could inspire Benny and me
BU: Ding-na, ding-na, ding'na! I mean it's, it's very catchy
SIM: Knitting, Knitting, Knitting!
SIM: It's a knitter's world!
John Bishop knits with ABBA's Björn and Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellan: This is a lad I brought with me called John
Björn Ulvaeus: Yeah
SIM: John Bishop, this is Björn
John Bishop: Hello Björn
BU: Hello John
SIM: And, er, we meet to do our knitting for the merchandise each year and I thought you would be busy so I brought a friend, he's a very hard worker
JB: Yes, yes
SIM: He's not done much knitting
JB: I've not done ...
SIM: As you can tell ...
BU: Well .. a bit disappointed actually, you should bring someone else in
SIM: I think we should ask him not to do any more knitting.
BU: I think so ...
SIM: If you could handover your knitting needles
BU: Yes ... and just sit here ...
SIM: Some, some, someone's going to have to deal with that
BU: .. and be supportive, that's all
JB: As they say, The Winner Takes It All!