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Valkyrien (English: Valkyrie) is a 2017 Norwegian TV series first broadcast by NRK1.[2] The series combines elements of the "Scandi noir" school of television with medical drama, crime drama and "a palpable sense of the paranoia induced by operating on the edges of society", drawing favorable comparisons with AMC's Breaking Bad.[3][4][5]

Valkyrien
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Genre
Created byErik Richter Strand
Written by
Directed byErik Richter Strand
Starring
Composer(s)Marius Christiansen
Country of originNorway
Original language(s)Norwegian
No. of series1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producer(s)Tone Rønning
Producer(s)
CinematographyJohan-Fredrik Bodtker
Editor(s)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)
BudgetNOK 65 million (USD 8.2 million; GBP 6.4 million)[1]
Release
Original networkNRK1
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original release1 January (2017-01-01) –
12 February 2017 (2017-02-12)

It was named after the closed metro station Valkyrien in Oslo.

PremiseEdit

Surgeon Ravn Eikanger becomes furious when his supervisors do not allow him to test experimental medical procedures on his dying wife. In desperation, Eikander fakes her death as an apparent suicide and brings her to a makeshift clinic in the abandoned subway station Valkyrie. He is aided by Leif Lien, a paranoid prepper, who allows Ravn stay hidden if he operates an underground hospital where those who do not trust the Norwegian health care services can seek help.

Cast and charactersEdit

Episode listEdit

Series 1 (2017)Edit

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Undergrunnen (The Underground)"[6]Erik Richter StrandErik Richter Strand, Thomas Torjussen1 January 2017 (2017-01-01)
2"Styx"[6]Erik Richter StrandErik Richter Strand, Thomas Torjussen1 January 2017 (2017-01-01)
3"Vinn Vinn (Win Win)"[6]Erik Richter StrandErik Richter Strand, Thomas Torjussen8 January 2017 (2017-01-08)
4"Pro Bono Publico"[6]Erik Richter StrandErik Richter Strand, Bjørn Ekeberg15 January 2017 (2017-01-15)
5"TEOTWAWKI"[6]Erik Richter StrandKathrine Valen Zeiner22 January 2017 (2017-01-22)
6"Blindgjenger (UXO)"[6]Erik Richter StrandBjørn Ekeberg29 January 2017 (2017-01-29)
7"Post Mortem"[6]Erik Richter StrandErik Richter Strand, Kathrine Valen Zeiner5 February 2017 (2017-02-05)
8"SHTF"[6]Erik Richter StrandErik Richter Strand, Bjørn Ekeberg12 February 2017 (2017-02-12)

RemakeEdit

Mark Strong stars in a British remake of Valkyrien set in London named Temple which first aired on Sky One in the UK in September 2019 and was produced by Hera Pictures.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Norwegian TV Goes Underground With Valkyrien". Nordic Drama. 27 October 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  2. ^ Armstrong, Stephen (13 August 2017). "APOCALYPSE NOW: Scandi noir just got even darker with this dystopian drama". The Sunday Times. London. p. 17.
  3. ^ Tate, Gabriel (14 August 2017). "A new genre is born: the Scandi-medi-noir". The Times. London. p. 10.
  4. ^ Bennion, Chris (12 August 2017). "Critic's choice: Valkyrien". The Times. London. p. 28.
  5. ^ "Valkyrien: One heck of a ride". The Sunday Times. London. 13 August 2017. p. 44.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h "Valkyrien: Episode Guide". Channel 4. August 2017. Retrieved 17 August 2017.

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