Norwegian TV to air fictional series about Russian invasion

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — In a move that has annoyed Russia, a Norwegian television channel says it will air a fictional TV drama depicting a Russian invasion of Norway after radical environmentalists seize power and freeze the Scandinavian nation’s oil and gas industry.

TV2 drama chief Christopher Haug said Saturday the 10-episode drama that starts Oct. 4 is “foremost about Norway and Norwegians, not Russia or Russians.”

In “Occupy,” Russia partly occupies Norway to resume the oil industry following a secret deal with the European Union.

Vyacheslav Pavlovsky, the Russian ambassador in Oslo, told Russia’s Tass agency that “Russia, regrettably, has the role of the aggressor” and said the TV series would scare Norwegians “with a non-existent threat from the East.”

Norway’s Foreign Ministry had no comment on the TV show.