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The story behind Hitler's plan of Germany getting the atomic bomb during WW2, and the heavy water sabotages in Rjukan, Norway, seen from four angles, the German side, the allied, the saboteurs and the company side.
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Series cast summary:
Andreas Döhler ...  Kurt Diebner 6 episodes, 2015
Robert Hunger-Bühler ...  Emil Leeb 6 episodes, 2015
Marc Benjamin Puch ...  Major Decker 6 episodes, 2015
Christoph Bach ...  Werner Heisenberg 6 episodes, 2015
Peri Baumeister ...  Elisabeth Heisenberg 6 episodes, 2015
Espen Reboli Bjerke Espen Reboli Bjerke ...  Jomar Brun 6 episodes, 2015
Torstein Bjørklund ...  Arne Kjelstrup 6 episodes, 2015
Endre Ellefsen Endre Ellefsen ...  Hans Storhaug 6 episodes, 2015
Ole Christoffer Ertvaag Ole Christoffer Ertvaag ...  Birger Strømsheim 6 episodes, 2015
Eirik Evjen Eirik Evjen ...  Kasper Idland 6 episodes, 2015
Anna Friel ...  Julie Smith 6 episodes, 2015
Ragnhild H. Myntevik Ragnhild H. Myntevik ...  Astrid 6 episodes, 2015
Benjamin Helstad ...  Jens-Anton Poulsson 6 episodes, 2015
Espen Klouman Høiner ...  Leif Tronstad 6 episodes, 2015
Frank Kjosås ...  Knut Haukelid 6 episodes, 2015
Rolf Kristian Larsen ...  Einar Skinnarland 6 episodes, 2015
Mads Sjøgård Pettersen ...  Fredrik Kayser 6 episodes, 2015
Søren Pilmark ...  Niels Bohr 6 episodes, 2015
Christian Rubeck ...  Claus Helberg 6 episodes, 2015
Maibritt Saerens ...  Ellen Henriksen 6 episodes, 2015
Audun Sandem Audun Sandem ...  Knut Haugland 6 episodes, 2015
Tobias Santelmann ...  Joachim Rønneberg 6 episodes, 2015
Dennis Storhøi ...  Bjørn Henriksen 6 episodes, 2015
Pip Torrens ...  Wilson 6 episodes, 2015
Stein Winge Stein Winge ...  Axel Aubert 6 episodes, 2015
David Zimmerschied ...  Carl Fredrich von Weizsäcker 6 episodes, 2015
Julia Schacht ...  Tone Jørgensen (2015) / ... 4 episodes, 2015
Clara Lien Sunde Clara Lien Sunde ...  Lise 4 episodes, 2015
Elg Elgesem Elg Elgesem ...  Rolf Danielsen 3 episodes, 2015
Corey Johnson ...  General Pritchard 3 episodes, 2015
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The story behind Hitler's plan of Germany getting the atomic bomb during WW2, and the heavy water sabotages in Rjukan, Norway, seen from four angles, the German side, the allied, the saboteurs and the company side.

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Norway

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Release Date:

1 February 2016 (USA) See more »

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The Heavy Water War See more »

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Prague, Czech Republic See more »

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NOK 75,000,000 (estimated)
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This TV-series managed to set a viewer record for national TV-drama premiere in Norway, when aired 4th of January 2015, when a massive 24,3 % of the Norwegian population was watching the whole two first episodes. It was also 62,5 % of the total TV-viewing at the time that Sunday. See more »

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Very good, but portrayal of Heisenberg is terribly unfair
9 April 2017 | by deschreiberSee all my reviews

After watching this, I mentioned to a friend of mine with a degree in physics that Heisenberg really was compromised working for the Germans during the war. He corrected me and suggested I read "Heisenberg's War" by Thomas Powers. Thank goodness, I did. It's an excellent book, and sets the record straight about what Heisenberg did and didn't do, and did and didn't think, during the war.

The miniseries show him trying to dazzle the German military with the destructive potential of his nuclear research, and it shows him working diligently on developing a bomb. What Powers shows, though, is that Heisenberg and the scientists who worked closely with him tried in various ways to discourage the Nazis from pursuing a bomb. And they were successful. After a critical meeting with Speer in 1943, in which Heisenberg emphasized all the problems and pointed out that a bomb, even if it could be developed, would take too long to be used in the war, bomb research stopped, and nuclear research was aimed at a reactor or "energy machine." The Heisenberg group were so horrified by the idea of an atomic bomb that they even signaled to scientists outside Germany that Germany was not working on a bomb, hoping to prevent a world of nuclear weapons. (This was misunderstood by many distrustful Allied scientists, who feared Heisenberg was trying to stop their work so that he could proceed without competition on his own.)

So enjoy the series, but please don't do as I did and take it as factual about Heisenberg's participation in a German atomic bomb program. I suppose that part of the story was added to crank up the excitement and drama.

Incidentally, after the destruction of the Norwegian hydro/heavy water plant and the sinking of the ferry carrying the heavy water, Germany's was completely crippled in its supply of heavy water, never to recover.


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