Fight­ing FOR FREE­DOM

the nor­we­gian re­sis­tance bat­tles back against rus­sian in­va­sion in Oc­cu­pied

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ONE OF THE best Scandi dra­mas of re­cent years re­sumes this week when the sec­ond sea­son of grip­ping Nor­we­gian thriller Oc­cu­pied comes to Sky Box Sets.

For those who missed the first sea­son (also avail­able for catch-up on Sky Box Sets), the drama fol­lows events in the near-fu­ture when Europe is rocked by an en­ergy cri­sis that turns the po­lit­i­cal or­der on its head.

CON­TRO­VER­SIAL

‘The first sea­son saw Nor­way elect the Green Party to gov­ern­ment af­ter a dev­as­tat­ing hur­ri­cane caused by global warm­ing,’ ex­plains pro­ducer Gudny Hum­melvoll.

‘New prime min­is­ter Jes­per Berg [Hen­rik Mes­tad] then shut down Nor­way’s ex­ten­sive oil pro­duc­tion in or­der to utilise re­new­able re­sources, leav­ing the rest of Europe fac­ing a mas­sive en­ergy cri­sis.’

With Euro­pean coun­tries threat­ened by re­ces­sion be­cause of Berg’s ac­tions, the EU called on Rus­sia to take con­trol of Nor­way by mil­i­tary force and re­store the pro­duc­tion of oil.

The con­tro­ver­sial sto­ry­line was con­demned by the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment for be­ing ‘in the worst tra­di­tions of the Cold War’ – even though Moscow had just sent forces into Crimea.

WHO TO TRUST?

‘We got a bit of heat when we did the first sea­son, but not now,’ says Hum­melvoll. ‘Be­sides, the Rus­sians are not re­ally de­picted as the bad guys. It is the EU which is us­ing Rus­sia to do the dirty busi­ness for them.’

Now, with the Rus­sian flag fly­ing over the cap­i­tal, politi­cians, sol­diers and cit­i­zens – in­clud­ing Berg’s ex-body­guard Hans Martin Djupvik (El­dar Skar) and his po­lit­i­cal aide Anita Rygh (Janne Helt­berg) – face stark choices.

With a se­nior Rus­sian gen­eral as­sas­si­nated in the sea­son-one fi­nale, and the US try­ing to keep out of the con­flict, the stakes are even higher for all con­cerned.

‘In sea­son two, Nor­way is still oc­cu­pied and it is ob­vi­ous the Rus­sians are not leav­ing,’ says Hum­melvoll. ‘this time we see if the upris­ing is grow­ing big­ger or not. We look at what is hap­pen­ing to the po­lit­i­cal par­ties. Peo­ple start out very ide­al­is­tic, but be­come cyn­i­cal and want more power. Who is gain­ing from the oc­cu­pa­tion? Who can you trust?’

JANNE HELTBERG AS ANITA RYGH WITH HEN­RIK MESTAD AS JES­PER BERG

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