Per-Olav Sørensen to direct Christmas series for Netflix
James R | On 07, Dec 2021
Per-Olav Sørensen (Home for Christmas, Quicksand, Nobel) is teaming up with Lars Saabye Christensen to create a new Christmas series for Netflix.
The untitled Norwegian-language series is set in December 2022, when a group of people arrive at Oslo airport. Some to welcome their loved ones, some to fly home to their families, and some who want to fly away and escape Christmas. But in one way or another, their Christmas mission goes awry. They are all stranded at the airport and the clock is ticking – only 24 hours til Christmas – so what do they do?
The series is directed by Per-Olav Sørensen who is also acting as the writer of the show together with Lars Saabye Christensen and Jan Trygve Røyneland. The series will comprise six 35-minute episodes and will be produced by Janne Hjeltnes at The Global Ensemble Drama.
Per-Olav Sørensen is currently working on the film Royalteen as well as the series The Playlist, both set to launch on Netflix in 2022. Among Per-Olav Sørensen’s former credits are the award-winning series Nobel, The Heavy Water War and Quicksand as well as the Christmas romantic comedy Home for Christmas. Sørensen and co-writer Lars Saabye Christensen previously co-worked on the series The Half Brother.
Jenny Stjernströmer Björk, Director of Nordic Original Series at Netflix, says: “We are honored to continue our collaboration with Per-Olav Sørensen and to be working with him on this project. It is so exciting to see him take on a new show in the heartwarming Christmas mood that he has proved to capture so brilliantly in Home for Christmas most recently.”
Sørensen adds: “I am happy to collaborate with Netflix, and to collaborate with the great writer Lars Saabye Christensen yet again. This story about a handful of stranded characters at an airport really intrigues us, and we look forward to weaving these destinies together.”
The new Christmas series will launch globally on Netflix in 2022. The title and cast is yet to be announced. Production will begin in Oslo next year.