Following the debut of Norwegian-British historical series The Saboteurs, which aired on More4 on Friday, viewers have already taken a like to the new show. The British broadcaster drew in a higher than average rating making it one of the weekend’s most successful series debuts.
The Saboteurs is based on the true story of the 1943 controversy surrounding a heavy water factory. In the Norwegian mountains of Rjukan, events surface of the conspiracy to blow up a heavy water factory – under the pseudonym ‘Operation Gunnerside’ – surfaced behind Hitler’s plan of Germany obtaining the atomic bomb. The Saboteurs allows audiences to witness the controversies surrounding the scandalous events in 1943 from four perspectives: the Germans, the allies, the company and the saboteurs.
Many views took to social media after the debut of its first episode:
‘Just watch ep 1 – fantastic! #saboteurs’
‘Enjoyed 1st episode of #Saboteurs. Excellent cast and interesting perspectives. Look forward to more viewing!’
‘Watching #Saboteurs on @More4Tweets. Norwegian programmes about nuclear physics are the new Friday night.’
‘Enjoying #TheSaboteurs: World War II espionage drama with Nazis, Norwegians, nuclear physics &, er, Anna Friel – top telly’
‘Loved it!!! I’m hooked! The language-mix works really well. #TheSaboteurs roll-on Ep2.’
‘Ok, best thing on #tv at the moment #thesaboteurs @More4Tweets stunning picture, impressive cast, what a script and not a fake accent in sight.’
‘If you like various European languages, I recommend #TheSaboteurs.’
It wasn’t just the fans that showed their enthusiasm as print and online publications such as The Guardian refered to the series as ‘a complex drama of wartime nuclear collaboration.’ The series is looking to be a definite ‘one to watch’ on the Nordic box.
The Saboteurs continues on More4 this Friday at 9pm.