‘The Heavy Water War’ to air in the UK

Heavy Water War

The success for the popular Norwegian World War 2 series The Heavy Water War continues. After receiving fantastic reviews and outstanding ratings, the series produced by Filmkameratene AS, Headline Pictures and Sebasto Film for NRK (The Norwegian Public Broadcaster) has attracted a lot of attention all over the world. It is now selling fast to major players worldwide including MHz (USA), Hi Gloss Ent. (Australia), Lumiere (Benelux), RTE (Ireland), Asset Pictures (China), A Contracorriente (Spain & Andorra), RTV (Slovenia), Stars Media (Ex Yugoslavia), Kino Swiat (Poland), TV 2 (Denmark), SVT (Sweden), RUV (Iceland), YLE (Finland), and most recently to Channel 4 and Arrow Films in the UK.

Tom Stewart, Acquisitions Director at Arrow Films, is excited about the UK premiere:
“Arrow Films are delighted to continue their strong relationship with SVENSK FILMINDUSTRI and to have successfully secured a major broadcast with CHANNEL 4 (More4) for such a wonderfully constructed Television drama that recreates a significant chapter in history and promises to be one of the Nordic jewels of 2015”

The series has already been internationally awarded at the FIPA TV Awards and was recently nominated to 11 Gullruten Awards in Norway, the Norwegian equivalent of the Emmys. The nominations include several of the major categories such as Best TV Drama, Best Screenplay, Best Actor & Best Actress.

After an outstanding premiere with more than 1.200.000 viewers per episode, the ratings have kept growing and it´s now the most watched Norwegian TV series ever. The last episode was seen by 1.400.000 viewerswhich equals close to 30 % of the population. When adding new media outlets like mobile viewings, catch up and others, the ratings grow with an additional 500.000 viewers per episode.

John M Jacobsen, Producer at Filmkameratene AS, comments on the success in Norway:
“As the producer of THE HEAVY WATER WAR it has been fantastic to see how this series has broken every record for a television drama series in Norway since NRK started its modern statistical rating system. We can proudly say that we have brought television back to an era where the whole family can gather in front of the television to share an experience regardless of age and gender.”

Stewart Mackinnon, Producer at Headline Pictures, comments on the UK sale:
“This is a wonderful story about a small community faced with impossible choices that despite this demonstrated enormous courage and foresight. This was a unique opportunity for a partnership between Norwegian and British producers to make a world class drama about events that could well have changed the outcome of the second world war. Selling this back into the UK to More4 and Arrow Films is indicative of the new opportunities to make drama for the international market with our European partners”.

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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.