Danish ‘Skam’ fans invade Oslo school in hopes of seeing stars

Just how popular is the Norwegian youth series ‘Skam’ in Denmark? Enough that the Hartvig Nissen school in Oslo that serves as the show’s setting has been overrun by Danish fans.

Danish 'Skam' fans invade Oslo school in hopes of seeing stars
Danish fans go to the school hoping to see Chris (Ina Svenningsdal), Eva (Lisa Teige), Sana (Iman Meskini) Vilde (Ulrikke Falch) or Noora (Josefine Frida Pettersen). Photo: NRK
The school has had so many Danish fans come to the school to get a first-hand experience of the show that it has had to take measures to keep the unwanted tourists out. 
Denmark’s Radio24syv reported that there have been several instances of Danish fans going on a ‘Skam’ safari and parking themselves outside the school’s classrooms in hopes of meeting actors from the series. 
“Teachers have been instructed that if they see unauthorized people in the building, they should politely ask them to leave,” the school’s headmaster, Hanna Norum Eliassen, told the Danish radio station. 
“We try to get things to function normal here every day and it is a bit unfortunate when our students leave their classroom and run into Danish tourists,” she added. 
Eliassen said there have been “several incidents” in which “a handful of Danes” have lurked outside one of the classrooms hoping to see actors from the popular series. Sometimes it happens multiple times per week. 
’Skam’ has been incredibly popular in the other Nordic nations, but has particularly struck a chord with Danes. Thus far, they are the only ones to frequently appear at the school. 
“I ran into a single Swede but 90 percent of those we have met over the past year have been from Denmark. They have taken the Oslo boat, which we call the ‘Danes’ boat’, and ‘Skam’ is the recent for their visit, Eliassen told Radio24syv. 
The headmaster said the show’s success has been a double-edged sword. 
“We think it's nice that ‘Skam’ has been a success in Denmark, but we try to avoid people going into our building,” she said. 
Although she said there have not been any unpleasant incidents involving the Danish fans, the school has now decided to not let them in during school hours. 
It was recently announced that ‘Skam’ would return for a fourth season in the spring. An American remake is also in the works

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Here are the first glimpses of the American ‘Skam’

‘Skam’, the hugely successful Norwegian television series following the lives of Oslo teenagers, has been given an American remake.

Here are the first glimpses of the American 'Skam'
Will the US Skam enjoy similar levels of success to its Norwegian predecessor? Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB scanpix

The first clips from ‘Skam Austin’, which will be broadcast on Facebook’s US streaming service, were released via social media this week.

As with the original Norwegian series, ‘Skam Austin’ gives viewers insight and sneak previews of the lives of its characters via videos and other content posted on social media accounts.

Broadcaster NRK last year sold the rights to the series, which ended last year after a highly-popular four-series run, to several European countries as well as the United States.

And the first glimpses of what is to come have now been made available online by production company XIX Entertainment, which made the series for Facebook Watch.

Fans of the show initially began speculating after Facebook page ‘SKAM Austin’ began publishing video clips last week.

The first video, a teaser, confirmed that the first episode will be released on April 24th.

Further videos have since appeared online, as have Instagram accounts connected to characters from the new series.

Julie Andem, screenwriter on the original version of Skam, also directed the new US series.

“This proves that NRK has made something world class, and is being noticed all over the world,” the Norwegian broadcaster's director Thor Gjermund Eriksen said to NRK when the US series was announced last year.


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