The Saboteurs

Series 1 - Episode 2



Norway’s a prime exponent of Slow TV, so if you’re not persuaded by the pyrotechnics of Glastonbury, tune in here to be enraptured by the staffing problems of a Norwegian fertiliser plant director supplying heavy water to the Nazis.

Yet the factory boss is one small part of this drama about the Allied attempts to halt the Nazis’ atomic programme, that also takes in physicists Werner Heisenberg and Niels Bohr’s famous falling-out over the ethics of science.

The drama is underplayed – watch the uncertainty in Heisenberg’s eyes as he tries to defend working on nuclear weapons – but then Anna Friel’s British spook Julie Smith comes stomping around, railing about training Leif Tronstad’s (Espen Klouman Hoiner) “bloody amateur” Norwegian resistance fighters and trying to be the brave woman hiding her hurt at her husband’s death.


While the Nazis are working on the first atomic bomb, the saboteur group Grouse is assembled from local resistance members who assist British commando forces in blowing up the heavy water facility. Werner Heisenberg travels to Copenhagen to meet his Danish mentor Professor Niels Bohr, who implores him to stop working on the bomb, but Heisenberg fails to understand his reasoning and dives back into his work. Drama, starring Espen Klouman Hoine, Christoph Bach and Soren Pilmark. In Norwegian, German, Danish and English.

Cast & Crew

Werner Heisenberg Christoph Bach
Elisabeth Heisenberg Peri Baumeister
Leif Tronstad Espen Klouman Hoiner
Arne Kjelstrup Torstein Bjorklund
Kurt Diebner Andreas Dohler
Hans Storhaug Endre Ellefsen
Birger Stromsheim Ole Christoffer Ertvaag
Niels Bohr Soren Pilmark
Kasper Idland Eirik Evjen
Director Per-Olav Sorensen
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