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William and Kate to visit set of ‘Skam’ on royal visit to Norway

Prince William and Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge will visit the school that provided the setting for hit series ‘Skam’ and meet the show’s actors during their forthcoming visit to the Scandinavian country.

William and Kate to visit set of 'Skam' on royal visit to Norway
File photo: Cornelius Poppe / NTB scanpix

The royal couple will arrive in Norway on February 1st after spending two days in Stockholm from January 30th, as part of a four-day official tour of Scandinavia.

The British royals will also meet Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, who will join them on a number of engagements throughout the visit.

The Duke and Duchess have asked their visit to include as many Swedes and Norwegians as possible, and will meet children and young people, those working in the mental health sector, and leaders in business, academia and scientific research, government, civil society and the creative industries, the couple’s communications office said in a press statement.

Their Royal Highnesses will land in Norway at Oslo Gardermoen Airport in the late morning of February 1st, where they will be met by Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit. They will then travel to the Royal Palace, where they will stay at the invitation of King Harald and Queen Sonja.

The second day of their tour will begin at the Hartvig Nissen School, the location for the hugely successful Norwegian television series 'Skam'.

The hit show, which is set for European and US remakes, highlights challenges young people face growing up, including gender identity issues, bullying, relationships, sexual assault, and eating disorders.

At the school, William and Kate will meet the stars and producers of Skam to hear more about the series, and will then meet students to learn about the effect Skam had on bringing issues out into the open and the role played by social media.

While in Oslo, they will also visit the ski jump Holmenkollen, one of the most recognisable landmarks of the Norwegian capital.

READ ALSO: Prince William and Kate coming to Sweden and Norway

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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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