Review: The Christmas King

The Norwegian Christmas countdown calendar The Christmas King was well received when it aired on NRK in 2012. Does it still hold up? Written by Bjørn-Åge Borger Kevin is 9 years old and lives in a village called Silverwood. Dad is an accountant who works for Randi Krohn (practically “Randi Coyn”), who rules the community. Mum…

Warming up to Christmas

In a few days, the Nordic public broadcasters unleash some of their biggest efforts throughout the year; the Christmas Calendars, aimed mostly at children and airing every day from December 1st to 24th. The Nordic region has a long tradition of Christmas countdown TV drama for children, so-called Christmas calendars, which are the TV equivalent of…

The darkness of Heartless

Since when was it a good idea to produce and broadcast TV series that does not solve the key mystery at the end? Cliffhangers work only if there is a continuation. As I write this, Norwegian state broadcaster NRK has just finished showing the Danish supernatural TV series Heartless. Its Danish world premiere only a…

Hellfjord preview

We are not sure about the actual horror content of the mini-series Hellfjord, but it has been described as “Twin Peaks on acid” and as a horror-comedy. The 7-part mini-series, which was commissioned by Norwegian state broadcaster NRK, premieres tonight on NRK1. Here are the network’s two trailers for the series: NRK promotes the series…

Watch Blindpassasjer free and legal online

The Norwegian cult classic Blindpassasjer can now be streamed for free from national broadcaster NRK’s website. It’s the first time a drama series from the vaults are broadcast like this. Blindpassasjer (meaning “stowaway”) is a 3-part sci-fi miniseries broadcast on NRK in Norway in 1978, and made a huge impact of viewers, who had never…

Review: Blindpassasjer

Back in the 70s, science fiction and fantasy finally got a homegrown foothold in Norway, largely thanks to the books and stories by the duo Bing & Bringsværd, who managed to negotiate fables and fantastic literature up to accepted levels by approaching it from academic and social commentary angles. It was only a matter of…