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The Saboteurs

at More4

The six part TV drama The Saboteurs (original title “Kampen om Tungtvannet”/“The Heavy Water War”) got it’s premiere on More4 June 19th, enabling a UK audience to take part in what was a huge success in Norway.

 

When national broadcaster NRK aired the series in January of this year, a total of 1,7 million viewers (of a total population of just over 5 million) tuned in – by far the highest rating for any TV drama series of the millennium. Showing the important relationship between the UK and Norway during the war, and with an international cast, the Norwegian/British/Danish co-production should resonate well with British fans of Scandinavian TV drama, as well as with history buffs. The series premiered on More4  June 19th.

Rønneberg, Kjelstrup, Helberg, Poulsson, Kayser, Strømsheim (Tobias Santelmann, Torstein Bjørklund, Christian Rubeck, Benjamin Helstad, Audun Sandem, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, Ole Christoffer Ertvaag.) Photo: Filmkameratene AS /  Robert Holand Dreier

Joachim Rønneberg, Arne Kjelstrup, Claus Helberg, Jens-Anton Poulsson, Fredrik Kayser and Birger Strømsheim plan the mission 
 Photo: Filmkameratene AS / Robert Holand Dreier

The series is a six-part dramatization of one of the most thrilling stories from the Second World War – the German Nazi regime’s efforts to develop an atom bomb and the Allies’ desperate struggle to prevent it from happening. A turning point in the story is very well known as part of any Norwegians’ WWII history: that of the sabotage mission to blow up the heavy water factory in Vemork, Rjukan, deep in the Norwegian mountains in 1943.

As well as being a very well scripted “Scandi drama” with all the tense drama, the breath-taking scenery and the action packed scenes, The Saboteurs is also an interesting account of the important role the UK played in Norwegian resistance during the war. The saboteurs organised in what was to be named Operation Gunnerside, led by the now 95-year-old Joachim Rønneberg, were trained by the Special Operations Executive in the UK and were dropped in the Norwegian wilderness by UK aircraft.

The TV series depicts both training in the UK ahead of the mission, as well as on-the-ground action in Norway, combined with the difficulties of strategic planning at the headquarters of the SOE whilst having men on the ground far away, in harsh natural conditions. At the same time, we are also given insight into the German war machine, and the innovation and implementation of cutting edge technology, personified by Nobel Prize winner Werner Heisenberg.

The Saboteurs is produced by The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK, in collaboration with Filmkameratene AS (Norway), Sebasto Film (Denmark) and Headline Pictures (UK). Rights in the UK and Ireland are held by Arrow Films

The Saboteurs will be aired on More4, starting June 19th at 9PM. Available on demand

Starring Espen Klouman Høiner, Christoph Bach, Anna Friel, Pip Torrens, Dennis Storhøi, David Zimmerschied, Søren Pilmark

 

Rønneberg, Strømsheim, Storhaug, Idland, Kayser, Haukelid, Kristiansen (Tobias Santelmann, Ole christoffer Ertvaag, Endre Ellefsen, Eirik Evjen, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, Frank Kjosås, Glenn Andre Kaada) Photo: Filmkameratene AS/Pål Ulvik Rokseth

Joachim Rønneberg, Birger Strømsheim, Hans Storhaug, Kasper Idland, Fredrik Kayser, Knut Haukelid and Kristiansen battle rough conditions Photo: Filmkameratene AS/Pål Ulvik Rokseth

Where
More4 – available on Freeview, on satellite broadcasters Freesat and Sky and on UK cable networks Virgin Media and Smallworld Cable.

 

When
Friday June 19th, 9:00 pm

Website
Channel 4

 

 

 

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