The first Nordic TV Prize for Best Script, which is supported by the Nordic Film & TV Fund, has been awarded to the Norwegian drama series Nobel.
The prize was handed out by jury president Lars Blomgren, Sweden (CEO/producer Filmlance International), jury members Gudrun Giddings, Swedish/US producer (G4 Innovation, Capital Entertainment Network), Isabelle Péchou, Drama Consultant, France/Denmark (Drama Agency Copenhagen), and Leena Virtanen, film and TV journalist, Finland.
The jury stated about Nobel:
“The script was precise, well-structured, dense, and made us addictive. This is a strong, unpredictable drama with a sense of fresh realism. The story was thrilling and worked well also as a metaphor of the global instability between war and peace. We really wanted to dig more into it… and keep watching. This TV series has an impressive complexity in the scriptwriting, no loose ends and no inconsistency. There is no filter to the truth. It is so transparent but still intriguing, raw and honest. We also felt that there was a good balance between war situations and personal life to attract both female and male audience. This is finally a story of parenthood, of manhood. Bringing the family to the story makes it relevant for global and diverse audiences.
The characters are also appealing and complex. They are strong and multilayered characters that you as an audience attach to and want to keep following. We have a hero here but the characters around him do not only support him but also reveal themselves as important as him.”
The prize was set up to celebrate the high-quality screenwriting of Nordic television drama.
You can read our interview with Aksel Hennie, the star of Nobel, here.