Germany, WW2. Nobel Prize winning physicist Werner Heisenberg is coopted into working for The Nazi Party to develop the nuclear weapon that will win them the war.
Rjukan, Norway. The Norsk Hydro power plant falls under Nazi control and the deuterium oxide or “heavy water” that the plant produces is commandeered as a crucial element in Germany’s nuclear race.
London, England. Professor Leif Tronstad, the designer of the Norsk Hydro plant, defects to work with Allied forces. Together they plan and direct a team of British- trained Norwegian commandoes in a daring sabotage mission to destroy Norsk Hydro and Germany’s hopes of harnessing the atomic power of heavy water.
Spanning six episodes, The Heavy Water War dramatically portrays one of the most epic, yet little known chapters of WW2, telling the stories of the Nazis, The Allies, the saboteurs and the power plant staff caught in the middle.
A record-breaking smash hit in Norway on its TV release, THE HEAVY WATER WAR was watched by over a quarter of the country’s population.
2 x DVD
Language: English, Norwegian, German and Danish (with English Subtitles)
Run time: 6 eps x 45 min (approx)
Rating: M (Mature themes, violence and course language)
"Intriguing, exciting and involving... Not just goodies (allies) v baddies (Germans), it paints a more complex, interesting picture."
- Sam Wollaston, The Guardian
"A ripping yarn generated in Norway that sidesteps slate-grey contemporary angst and instead shows how oldfangled, true-life wartime adventure should be done."
- Andrew Collins, The Guardian