×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

’22 July’ Drama Series Looks at Aftermath of Norway Terror Attacks

A new Norwegian drama will tell the story of the people who responded to the horrific 2011 terrorist attacks in Norway that left 77 dead, most of them teenagers. “22 July” is being produced by Norwegian pubcaster NRK’s drama arm and will be distributed by DRG, which landed the international rights. The first footage of the six-part show was screened Thursday at the Goteburg Film Festival.

Right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik killed eight people by planting a car bomb in Oslo’s government quarter. He then went to the nearby island of Utoya, where youth members of the Norwegian Labour Party were at a summer camp, and killed 69 young people. Paul Greengrass’ recent Netflix film “22 July” told the story of the attacks. The new series, which bears the same name but has no connection to the movie or Netflix, will focus on how ordinary people responded to the atrocity.

“22 July was one of Norway’s darkest days; it had a massive impact on our country and the events shocked the world,” said Ivar Køhn, head of drama at NRK. “But during this terrible time, we witnessed acts both large and small that help define us as individuals and as a nation. This is a story about those acts and about the systems that surround us and shape our daily lives….It’s not a story about a terrorist and his inhumane acts. It’s a story about the rest of us.“

U.K.-based DRG is part of the Nordic Entertainment Group and sells several Scandi scripted shows and formats. It recently boarded sales on upcoming sci-fi mystery series “White Wall.”

“While ‘22 July’ is a uniquely Norwegian story, its worldwide impact and universal themes – all sympathetically realized and beautifully filmed by a talented team – will undoubtedly resonate on the international stage,” said Dave Clarke, DRG’s EVP of content. “DRG has invested a multi-million-pound sum in Scandinavian scripted content in the past two years alone, and this commitment will continue in order to capitalize on demand and secure the very best and most original titles from the region.”

More TV

  • 'The Crown': Josh O'Connor, Erin Doherty

    'The Crown': Josh O'Connor, Erin Doherty on Charles and Anne 'Breaking the Mold'

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “The Crown” Season 3 on Netflix. The arrivals Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Princess Anne (Erin Doherty) midway through “The Crown’s” third season infuse the show with a youthful energy reminiscent of the first two years. But, they also offer a sense of rebelliousness, shaking [...]

  • Mindy Kaling Actors on Actors

    Why Mindy Kaling Turned to Social Media to Find the Lead of Her Netflix Series

    Constance Wu (“Hustlers”) and Mindy Kaling (“Late Night”) explained how the internet helped expand the casting pool for their projects during a conversation for “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.” Wu began the interview: “When I did ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ and they were looking for actors, it was crazy how many people said, ‘Well, there are [...]

  • SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- "Harry Styles"

    'Saturday Night Live' Turns the Impeachment Hearings Into a Soap Opera (Watch)

    “Saturday Night Live” kicked off its Nov. 16 episode with a take on the biggest news story of the previous week (and foreseeable future): the impeachment hearings. But another big story of the week, especially in Hollywood, was how NBC’s last remaining daytime drama, “Days of our Lives,” had let its actors out of their [...]

  • Andy Cohen attends BravoCon's "Watch What

    'The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City' to Debut in 2020

    Bravo announced Saturday during its first annual BravoCon that a tenth “Real Housewives” series, “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” will debut in 2020. Bravo host and “Real Housewives” executive producer Andy Cohen made the announcement during a panel titled “Ask Andy” at the NYC convention. “We’ve always tried to choose a city that [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content