After creating a hugely popular talk show as well as conceptual music videos including The Fox, which has been watched close to 750m times on YouTube, brothers Bard and Vegard Ylvisaker, known to their millions of fans as Ylvis, have just completed a seven-episode TV show called Stories From Norway.

Each 26-minute episode is based around real incidents: “There’s the diving board built by a local council that was supposed to cost 1.5m kroner but which ended up costing 30m, the cross-country ski champion who crashed his car while drunk then ran away, and the Justin Bieber water scandal,” said Bard. “Our way of telling the story is to create a demo with actors and real experts who are interviewed for inserts, then we go back and forth until we feel that we’ve nailed it.”

“We always tell the story straight, and then draw the humour from what we create around it,” Vegard added. Stories from Norway is available as tape and in a format version. Negotiations are currently at an advanced stage with several territories.


This article was written by Gary Smith for MIPTV News magazine, and edited by Kristine Clifford. Read all MIPTV publications online here

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