The new Norwegian series Nobel premiered on NRK1 over the weekend to almost 800,000 viewers.

The political thriller is directed by Per-Olav Sørensen and is co-writter by Mette Marit Bøstad and Stephen Uhlander. Sørensen’s previous drama was The Heavy Water War, which had a stronger opening with 1.2 million viewers.

NRK media analyst Håkon Lund Sørensen told nordicfilmandtvnews.com: “750,000 viewers saw the first episode of Nobel, this gave the series a market share of 45 %. These figures are almost twice as high as the slot average for NRK1. Also, already 40.000 have seen the first episode on NRKs streaming service, NRK.TV.”

Nobel stars Norwegian actor Aksel Hennie as a soldier and family returning home from service who becomes a pawn in a political international game. As the stakes grow higher he is forced to discover just how far one should go in the name of peace.

We interviewed Aksel Hennie about his role in Nobel, which you can read here.