“I don´t get enough of Vikings”, jokes prominent British TV producer Jeremy Freeston. Get ready for his new series; once more with solid coverage of Vestfold´s Viking heritage.
Text: Einar Chr. Erlingsen
The first of (so far) two programs in his new series VIKINGS – the true story will be launched on Viasat in March (exact date to be decided later). The program follows the Viking Trail through Vestfold and Telemark, from the high plateau Hardangervidda to the majestic Viking graves in Borre. It tells the story of Viking everyday life, from the production of bog iron and tar to boat building and exports of trading goods. And also of the spectacular Viking finds and monuments in this particular part of Norway.
Nowhere else anywhere in the world can match Vestfold and Telemark´s Viking attractions, including the Viking shipyard in Tønsberg and the ships Saga Oseberg and Saga Farmann and the smaller Saga Yngling. Another ship, the largest of them all, the Saga Gokstad is under construction.
Many known faces appears in the program, including our own “Vikings” Trond Borsheim, Ole Harald Flåten, Steinar Lillås and Tor Øydin, who are filmed when navigating down a river in Saga Yngling – which is filled with trading goods such as sharpening stones and reindeer antlers.
Jeremy Freeston is a merited TV producer from earlier series like Battlefield Detectives, Macbeth and The Viking Dead – including the program Mysteries of the Oseberg.
“It´s great to produce Viking programs in Vestfold and Telemark”, says Jeremy. “Everything is already there; the ships, the buildings and, not least, the people and the stories.”
Jeremy is already working on his new series. Then he will follow our ship Saga Farmann down the great European rivers to the Black Sea and Istanbul. So just get ready for more fun!