TV Drama in Norway featuring Erika Lemay


The award-winning novel Halvbroren (The Half Brother), by Norwegian author Lars Saabye Christensen, has become an eight-part television series. This $10 millionproduction, directed by Per Olav Sørensen features Erika Lemay acting as the Chocolate Girl (Sjokoladepiken)


Finally a Norwegian drama series that actually deserves to be shown in prime time
— Reidar Spigseth in newspaper Dagsavisen.
More than a million Norwegians tuned in Sunday evening to the much-hyped premiere of the new television series based on Lar Saabye Christensen’s epic novel Halvbroren (The Half Brother). It becomes more than just a TV series with so many watching
— Per Olav Sørensen, director

"Half Brother" fights against Hollywood giant "Homeland" for World's Best TV Series.

 Drama series "Half Brother", nominated for the coveted award "World's Best TV Series" at the prestigious kåringen.Prisutdelingen, is South Korea's tribute to the film and television industry. With actors like Frank Kjosås, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Mariann Hole and Agnes Kittelsen in the leading roles, taking NRK series fight against major international TV series’ most famous challenger is American "Homeland" with Hollywood stars like Claire Danes and Damian Lewis in the lead roles.




This is the best opening a drama series on NRK has ever had

Distribution in more than 13 countries confirmed

Formal talks about an adaptation for Norwegian television started in 2002, and the project was presented in 2010. Produced for NRK by the production company Monster, the series will consist of eight 50-minute episodes directed by Per-Olav Sørensen. It premiered in January 2013. The movie have sold out to around 13 countries.


The Half Brother revolves around the life of a family spanning five generations in the 20th century. The book opens in Berlin in 1990, at the film festival, as the Berlin wall is still coming down. It ends in Oslo the day after. But the story begins with Vera, Barnum's mother, on V Day, 1945. At a local level the story is about the half-brothers Barnum and Fred growing up together in Oslo; Barnum with his father, Fred searching for his. At a universal level, the story is about Europe after World War II, a continent split in half, which shall become one again. And that too is the quest of this epic: To see two halves become a whole. The narrative chosen for the quest is that of a mystery: Who is the father? As the story progresses, we will realize that it is not just the identity of one father we are looking for. Written by Mette Marit Bølstad