An intense hijacking of a prisoner transfer van which leads to a formation of a secret police unit called HUNTER. The officers in this specialized group don't always go by the book but they... See full summary »
Empathetic, meticulous and relentless - the only thing to escape Larvik detective William Wisting in his hunt for Norway's most notorious criminals is a happy family life. And when two ... See full summary »
Thea Green Lundberg,
A sketch comedy program with Norwegian comedians Atle Antonsen, Harald Eia, Bård Tufte Johansen and Kristopher Schau performing sketches typified by poking fun at people from Northern Norway and regional dialects.
Bård Tufte Johansen
Norwegian mock-reality-TV-game-show where a group of people are dressed up as Christmas gnomes, moved into a small barn loft and filmed at all hours. Forced to survive on a diet of marzipan... See full summary »
HBO Nordic's first original series from Norway, Beforeigners is about two persons who mysteriously appear in Oslo. They are the first of many from the past to seek refuge in present time. Seven years later the community is transformed.
Nicolai Cleve Broch,
Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir,
Two 15 year old boys secretly meet up in the forest, only to witness a blood bath. They are seen, but escape trying to keep this as a secret, both in fear of the perpetrator and that their secret is revealed.
Against the backdrop of New York's dazzling fashion scene, a woman in the process of transforming herself from a model into a designer is forced to live with her husband's ex-wife when he disappears without a trace.
Margarethe von Trotta
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal,
When a newly promoted football club loses its coach just before the start of the league season, a woman, Helena Mikkelsen, gets the historic chance to coach the team, even before an ambitious player who was promised the job.
In the near future, Norway is occupied by Russia on behalf of the European Union, due to the fact that the newly elected environmental friendly Norwegian government has stopped the all important oil- and gas-production in the North Sea.
Although anticipated, no one is really ready when the mountain pass above the scenic, narrow Norwegian fjord Geiranger collapses and creates an 85-meter high violent tsunami. A geologist is one of those caught in the middle of it.
Ane Dahl Torp,
Jonas Hoff Oftebro
A little-known but brilliant thriller series from Norway
I accidentally stumbled across this TV mini series in the late night program of a German TV channel and was captivated from its very beginning: The series starts with a telephone call to the Oslo police warning of suicide bomber at an Oslo underground station. The police officers rush to the scene, identify the suspect and - because of the suspect's resistance - shoot him, only to find out soon that the suspect did not carry a bomb on his body. Instead, he wore a gun and a picture of a high-ranking Norwegian diplomat currently chairing peace talks for the African county of Mugato who was supposed to appear soon at that station. The Oslo police special unit "Hunter" and the Norwegian secret service now cooperate in investigating this apparent assassination plot which leads them to high ranking industrials, human rights activists and African politicians as well as into some of the investigators' past with violence, crime and treason being their constant companions.
I was positively surprised by the quality of the script, of the actors and of the production: Not once does the series lose its pace or thrill. The characters are convincing and the plot is very elaborate and always surprising. I especially liked the way in which the borders of good and evil often became murky; even the well-meaning investigators have their dark sides and their daemons to face. Comparable TV productions would be "State of Play" or "Edge of Darkness" - and even with those classics this production can almost keep up with quality-wise.
Unfortunately, the first season of this TV production - Codename Hunter 1 - is not yet available in English or German. I very much hope that there will soon be a DVD release at least with subtitles or even a German dubbed version, in order to watch this "prequel" so to speak and to understand better the main characters' histories and backgrounds.
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