British TV station BBC 4 will begin to show Icelandic situation comedy Naeturvaktin, the Night Shift, next week, visir.is reports. The first episode is scheduled to be aired next Monday, according to BBC’s website.
According to the popular sitcom’s director Ragnar Bragason, this is a great recognition for the program. “It is amazing to get on British television. I think I’m right in stating that this is the first Icelandic TV series to be aired in Britain,” says Bragason. The episodes will be shown with English subtitles. “It is not very common for the British to air subtibled material, making it yet another thing to be happy about.”
The complete series, including the sequels Dagvaktin, The Day Shift, and Fangavaktin, the Prison Shift, as well as the subsequent film Bjarnfredarson, were shown on Finnish National Television this winter to great acclaim. There is a possibility that the programs will be aired in more countries as an international company holds the distribution rights.