More4 Acquires Norwegian WWII Drama ‘Heavy Water War’

More4More4 has closed a deal to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Norwegian World War 2 drama series Heavy Water War (AKA Kampen om tungtvannet).

Heavy Water War tells the story of the Nazi’s efforts to develop an atomic bomb and the Allies ‘desperate struggle to prevent it. Opening in 1933 and closing when the United States dropped their bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, the series charts the mission to stop the Nazi’s, including a daring mission by Norwegian saboteurs to blow up the heavy water factory in the mountains of Norway in 1943.

Produced for public broadcaster NRK, the six episode series was penned by Petter S. Rosenlund, directed by Per-Olav Sørensen and is a co-production between A Filmkameratene, Sebasto Film and Headline Pictures. The cast includes Espen Kloumann Høiner, Dennis Storhøi and German actor Christoph Bach and Anna Friel.

Heavy Water War is the latest foreign language acquisition for More4’s parent company Channel 4, who have been directly competing with Sky Arts and BBC Four in this area for the past couple of years. The broadcaster previously picked up such series as Les Revenants and political thriller Mamon.

The series joins a roster of first run imports on More4 which also includes top ratings performer The Good Wife, Shameless USA, Showtime’s critically acclaimed drama series Masters of Sex and the Connie Britton fronted music drama Nashville, which returns to the channel for its third season later this year.