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Episode 6
When the Nazis try to relocate the heavy water factory to Germany and the Allies plan to undermine them, Tronstad returns home to protect Norway.

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Episode 5
After the sabotage, the Nazis rebuild the factory as its CEO tries to avoid being connected to the Germans. America gets involved.

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Episode 4
Sabotage teams Gunnerside and Grouse join forces on a mountainside plateau for a new mission to destroy the heavy water plant.

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Episode 3
When the British mission fails, Tronstad convinces the Allies not to bomb the heavy water plant and trains his own special team to blow it up.

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Episode 2
Leif Tronstad forms a group to aid the British in destroying the water plant at Vemork. In Germany, Heisenberg works on the atomic reactor.

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Episode 1
During World War II, a Norwegian scientist and resistance fighter comes to suspect the motives behind a large purchase of heavy water by the Nazis.

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The Heavy Water War is a gripping six-part drama series which first hit screens in 2015. The show is a Norwegian-Danish-British co-production and is originally called "Kampen om tungtvannet" in Norwegian, which translates to The Battle for Heavy Water. The series comprises a historical narrative set during World War II, diving in depth into an under-explored facet of the conflict – the race to achieve nuclear supremacy. The show prides itself on intense storylines, compelling characters, historical authenticity, and visually striking scenic beauty. The plot revolves around a pivotal clash of military intelligence, scientific adversaries, and raw human will against a backdrop of international politics. The primary narrative begins in 1934, at the inception of the discovery of nuclear fission. The story then follows the development of nuclear capabilities and the strategies and actions taken by both the Axis and Allied forces to control this devastating potential. The storyline revolves around the Norwegian company Norsk Hydro and its plant in Vemork, which is the sole producer of 'heavy water' (deuterium oxide). This heavy water was a crucial ingredient for Germany's World War II atomic bomb studies. The series delves into the high-stakes planning and execution of covert operations to obstruct the Nazi's pursuit of developing nuclear weapons, while also showing the German side's efforts to secure their supply of heavy water. The title "Heavy Water War" effectively sums up the series, with the tense, deadly and often lethal struggle between the Allies and Nazis to ultimately gain control of the production of the heavy water. The series is replete with dramatic tension, making an exciting watch for those even without detailed historical knowledge. The show does not shy away from portraying brutal realities of the war, but it balances war scenes with personal stories and political strategy, giving it an emotional depth and intellectual sheen. One of the key strengths of The Heavy Water War is its well-balanced execution. It expertly casts a light on both sides of the war, showing the depths to which each side was willing to sink for victory. The show has a deep emphasis on the moral and ethical dilemmas faced by the individuals caught up in this struggle, usually ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances. The Heavy Water War also showcases a high-quality cast with brilliant performances from actors like Espen Klouman Høiner, Christoph Bach, Anna Friel, and Pip Torrens. The casting ensures a perfect blend of Scandinavian and global talent mirroring the international collaboration during the real events. A balance of engaging dialogue and humanity vested in the characters, allows rounded and complex personalities to shine through, eliciting empathy amongst viewers. Besides the intriguing plotline, skillful acting, and an intense depiction of events, the cinematography is another notable feature. The scenic Norwegian landscapes, period-appropriate costumes, and detailed set designs are all but a treat for the viewer's senses. The series makes great use of its native Norwegian locale’s natural beauty, with the striking contrast between the snowy, peace-filled landscapes, and the tension and chaos of the war. The Heavy Water War marries reliable historical storytelling, character development, and stunning visuals in a way that allows it to stand tall amongst other Second World War dramas. The series was a great success upon its release and continues to garner appreciation for its meticulous and respectful handling of a crucial historical event that changed the course of the world. It’s a must-watch for fans of historical dramas and World War II enthusiasts. Its nuanced depiction of heroism, despair, courage, and ingenuity serves not only as a cinematic journey but also as a moving historical record of human resilience.

The Heavy Water War is a series categorized as a . Spanning 1 seasons with a total of 6 episodes, the show debuted on 2015. The series has earned a no reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at undefined.

Espen Klouman-Høiner, Christoph Bach, Anna Friel, Pip Torrens, Dennis Storhøi, David Zimmerschied, Søren Pilmark, Stein Winge, Maibritt Saerens, Espen Reboli Bjerke, Andreas Döhler
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