As the trailer suggests: “This is proof: as well as great drama the Nordics do award-winning comedy too.”
Scandinavian television series are often associated with multiple crimes and misdemeanours. However, the funny side to the Nordic personality is shining through more and more. We can see this humour in the Swedish comedy drama 30 Degrees in February (2012- ) and the Danish Klovn (2005-2009) to Norwegian darkly comic films Trollhunter (2010) and In Order of Disappearance (2014). Norway continues to provide us with sardonic wit in the form of misanthrope Dag (2010- ), which airs next week to UK audiences on Sky Arts.
Dag Refsnes, played by Atle Antonsen (In Order of Disappearance, 2014), is best described as not being a typical people person. As a trained marriage guidance counsellor he witnesses the worst representations of relationships on an hourly basis. Therefore, he is committed to the ideology that the best way of being happy is to be alone. However, when unexpected love presents itself to Dag his world is thrown into chaos.
The acclaimed 10-part series has been popular to Norwegian audiences and critics alike. The show has become a regular winner at the Golden Screen Awards in Norway from 2011, with both Anders Baasmo Christiansen and Tuva Novotny taking home Best Actor and Best Actress awards in 2011 and 2012, as well as the show garnering Best Script in 2013.
Dag co-stars Tuva Novotny (Crimes of Passion, 2013) as Eva, Anders Baasmo Christiansen (Kon-Tiki, 2012 and In Order of Disappearance, 2014) as Benedikt, Agnes Kittelsen (Kon-Tiki, 2012 and Max Manus: Man of War, 2008) as Malin and Rolf Lassgård (After the Wedding, 2006, The Hunters, 1996, False Trail, 2011 and the original Wallander) as Ernst.
Dag starts on 31st July at 9pm on Sky Arts