TV2 developing a series about the race to the South Pole
Norway’s pubcaster TV2 is continuing its tradition of strong television dramas and is producing a new series about Roald Amundsen and Robert F. Scott and the epic race between Norway and the United Kingdom to be the first planet’s southernmost point.
The pubcaster has produced major Norwegian series before, including Frikjent and Occupied.
The series is still in development, with research currently underway before they can start the series. Norwegian director Per-Olav Sørensen, who directed The Heavy Water War and is about to have his next series, Nobel (starring Aksel Hennie), premiere on NRK.
As the story includes the United Kingdom the series will have an international feel. It is a story that is strong in both Norway and England, so a collaboration between the two countries is a possibility.
Roald Amundsen left Norway in the summer of 1910 in an attempt to reach the North Pole, but was reached by the Brits while the Swedes were still doing their planning. Amundsen therefore went south – he sailed all the day down the Atlantic, anchored at the ice edge and skied with dogsleds and crew into the Antarctic. During this time he knew Robert F. Scott from the UK was on his way somewhere else on the continent. Amundsen reached the South Pole on December 14 and got both himself and his men safely home to Norway, where they were hailed has heroes of the new nation. Scott reached the South Pole 34 days later and was greeted by the Norwegian flag planted on the ice.