Radio is pretty much on all the time at my apartment. After NRK changed some of the programs in the main channel NRK P1 the spring 2012, I hear more on other channels. This is NRK P2, NRK Alltid Nyheter and BBC World Service. I also listen at the radio at work, if it's possible.
NRK P2 sends cultural material, news, opinion, analysis, popular science and social programs.
NRK Alltid Nyheter broadcasts news 24 hours a day.
BBC World Service broadcasts news, talk, discussions 24 hours a day.
Programs on TV that catches my interest is mainly news, documentary and nature programs.
These are some programs I follow at the moment:
Wonders of the Solar System
This series in five parts from BBC and Science Channel reveals the true and spectacular beauty surrounding our solar system. Presenter Professor Brian Cox takes us through a journey that stretches from the sun and all the way to the outer space where Neptune is. Sent on BBC Knowledge.
Slik er universet (How The Universe Works, season 2)
A users guide to the cosmos from the big bang to galaxies, stars, planets and moons. Where did it all come from and how does it all fit together. A primer for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered (IMDb). Sent on NRK2 from 13 Mach 2013.
Nytt på nytt
A Norwegian satire program with presenter Jon Almaas. The program has been broadcast on NRK1 since 1999 and is a Norwegian version of the British satire program "Have I Got News for You". Sent on NRK1 at Fridays in the autumn and winter season.
A British comedy drama series, with Martin Clunes in the title role of Doc Martin. Story takes place in the coastal village "Portwenn" (Port Isaac, Cornwall, UK). Five series produced between 2004 and 2011. Sent in Norway on VOX, a sister channel to TV Norge.
Some of the programs I followed in winter/spring 2013:
Team Bachstad: Sesong 2 - I India (Team Bachstad: Season 2 - In India)
A Norwegian comedy travel series in four parts. After travelling from Norway to Mongolia in a 3-tonne vintage fire truck in "Rally Mongolia" in the first season, they are back. Two of Norway’s best humorists, Øystein Bache and Rune Gokstad are this time in India at the charity race "The Rickshaw Run" with an auto rickshaw from Shillong to Jaisalmer, a distance of 3,500 kilometers. Sent on NRK1 from 29 January 2013.
Livet i oldtida (Ancient Worlds)
A British documentary from the BBC in six parts. The documentary is a journey of civilization development. Archaeologist and historian Richard Miles explores Uruk, 'all cities' mother', which is south of Iraq. Then he travels to Syria, Egypt, Anatolia and Greece, where he examines the challenges the humans had to cope with when they lived close together. Sent on NRK2 from 28 January 2013.
Brenner - historier fra vårt land (Brenner - Stories from our country)
A documentary series from NRK in 6 parts. The presenter Hans Olav Brenner travels around Norway with a Volvo Amazon from 1966 looking for people and phenomena that have changed the Norwegian culture. Sent on NRK1 from 7 January 2013.
Naturen og vår sivilisasjon (How Earth Made Us)
Nature Series from the BBC in five parts.
This innovative series reveals the epic story of how the forces of nature on the planet has shaped the Human civilization. First aired in the autumn 2010, sent again from 6 January 2013 on NRK2.
A British series about housing projects. The series is produced for Channel 4 and the presenter is the designer Kevin McCloud. Grand Designs is broadcast on Channel 4 since april 1999. Sent in Norway on VOX, a sister channel to TV Norge.
Some of the programs I followed in autumn/winter 2012:
Stålindustriens giganter (Les Hommes du Fer)
The development of the steel industry in 1900 century industrial revolution. Steel became the new symbol of progress. France and Germany dominated the market for nearly 150 years. A French documentary in 2 parts sent on NRK December 2012.
Dei blå hav (Oceans)
A documentary from the BBC in 8 parts. A dive team with diving experts, ecologists and marine biologists travel around to different ocean areas to explore different phenomena. In the series, we are taken to the California Bay, Southern Ocean, Red Sea, Atlantic, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean. Was sent in autumn 2012 on NRK and now in reprise winter 2012/13.
Vitenskapens verden (Planet Science, Series 6)
A British documentary in 13 parts from 2010. The series answers some of the most challenging questions that humanity ask themselves. Was sent in the spring of 2011 at NRK and now in reprise winter 2012 from 29 November 2012
En reise i vannets fremtid (A journey into the Future of Water)
Norwegian documentary. You will find huge but unknown plans to utilize water in new ways, and to move water in large artificial rivers to areas where the shortage is acute. The series is made in 25 countries in collaboration with Professor Terje Tvedt, who was behind the earlier series "En reise i vannets historie" (A Journey in the History of Water). 3 episodes broadcast on NRK2 from 28 October 2012.
Coast: series 4
A great documentary about the British coast, but we also get an insight of the coastline of France, Norway and the Faroe Islands. BBC documentary sent on NRK autumn 2012
Secret des 7 soeurs
Documentary about the cartel activities of the seven major oil companies and how they used that power to control the global oil industry. French documentary sent on NRK autumn 2012
A BBC documentary about the Norman expansion and ambitions between the 10th and 13 century. BBC documentary sent on NRK autumn 2012
A British drama production about the Norman attacks on Anglo-Saxons, and the takeover of power in England. The year 1066 is considered as the end of the Viking Age, when Harald Hardrada falls at the Battle of Stamford Bridge. BBC series sent on NRK autumn 2012.
Livet i slummen (Slumming It)
Kevin McCloud is involved in one of the most extreme and densely populated places: Dharvi in Mumbai. He lives and works with the natives and exploring the 15,000 tiny industries in the slums. A Channel 4 program sent on VOX, a sister channel to TV Norge.
I really appreciate watching a good film, but what I mean with a good film may differ from the common view what a good movie is. Great commercial movies are okay to watch, but necessarily don't give me the great experience. Then I appreciate more the films that are a bit on the sideline, not with the big budgets, not with lots of graphics, but where the actors' performances that make the film to be great in my eyes. Also appreciate the European films. This views will probably come up in my list of good movies.
My top 20 movies in alphabetical order:
A British - Comedy, Drama, Romance film from 1996 - 90 min
In a suburb of London, young Jamie is escaping sport hours, to avoid being the victim of his comrades. Young Ste, his neighbor, is beaten by his father, and comes to sleep overnight. They discover new feelings, sleeping in the same bed. (IMDb)
A warm film about two boys coming out of the closet. (TF)
A British - Comedy, Drama film from 2000 - 110 min
A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family (IMDb)
Bucket List, The
A US - Adventure, Comedy, Drama film from 2007 - 97 min
Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die. (IMDb)
Caligula (uncut version)
A Italian/US - Adult, Drama, History film from 1979 - 156 min
Details the graphic and shocking, yet undeniably tragic story of Rome's most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula. (IMDb)
A raw and brutal, but honest film about the Roman Empire decadence. Not a film for the faint hearted. (TF)
Das Boot (uncut version)
German - War, Drama film from 1981 - 293 min
The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. (IMDb)
I consider this film as a gigantic epic anti-war film. (TF)
Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, The
A British - Comedy, Romance film from 1995 - 99 min
When an English cartographer must tell a Welsh village that their mountain is only a hill, the offended community sets out to change that. (IMDb)
Four Feathers, The
A UK/US - Action, Drama film from 2002 - 132 min
A British officer resigns his post just before battle and subsequently receives four white feathers from his friends and fiancee as symbols of what they believe to be his cowardice. (IMDb)
Green Mile, The
A US - Crime, Drama from 1999 - 189 min
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift. (IMDb)
Hamam (Steam: The Turkish Bath)
A Italian/Turkish/Spanish - Drama, Romance film from 1997 - 94 min
Francesco and Marta are husband and wife running a small design company in Rome. When Francesco's long forgotten Aunt Anita dies in Istanbul, he travels there to look after the sale of the hamam (one of a few traditional Turkish baths left) he inherited. (IMDb)
L'immortel (22 Bullets)
A French - Action, Crime, Thriller film from 2010 - 117 min
A retired mobster goes on a revenge spree after being left for dead with 22 bullets in his body by his former childhood friend. (IMDb)
Why watch American action movies when you have French action, which is much better. (TF)
A UK/France - Comedy, Drama, Romance from 2003 - 135 min
Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely and interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. (IBDb)
Man Who Would Be King , The
A US - Action, Adventure film from 1975 - 129 min
Two British soldiers in India decide to resign from the Army and set themselves up as deities in Kafiristan--a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander. (IMDb)
A Italian/US - Comedy, drama, romance from 2000 - 109 min
A woman provokes sensual awakenings in a group of adolescent boys. (IMDb)
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (Cinema Paradiso)
A Italian - Drama from 1988 - 155 min
A filmmaker recalls his childhood, when he fell in love with the movies at his village's theater and formed a deep friendship with the theater's projectionist. (IMDb)
Ofelaš (nor: Veiviseren, eng: Pathfinder)
A Norwegian - Adventure, Action, Drama film from 1987 - 86 min
Around the year 1000 AD warlike people, the so-called "tjuder", roam in northern Scandinavia. As they brutally kill a family in a remote area, including the parents and their little daughter, the families teenage son, Aigin, observes the slaughter. (IMDb)
Tea with Mussolini
A UK/Italian - Drama, Comedy film, War from 1999 - 117 min
Semi-autobiographical tale from the early life of director Franco Zeffirelli looks at the illegitimate son of an Italian businessman. The boy's mother has died, and he is raised by an Englishwoman in pre-WWII Fascist Italy. (IMDb)
Third Man, The
A British - Mystery, Thriller film from 1949 - 104 min
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime. (IMDb)
A British - Black Comedy, Drama film from 1996 - 94 min
Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends. (IMDb)
Va, vis et deviens (Live and Become)
A French - Drama film from 2005 - 140 min
In 1980 the black Falashas in Ethiopia are recognised as genuine Jews. In turn they are secretly carried to Israel. The day before the transport the son of a Jewish mother dies. In his place and with his name (Schlomo) she takes a Christian 9-year-old boy. (IMDb)
Änglagård (House of Angels)
A Swedish/Danish/Norwegian - Comedy, drama from 1992 - 127 min
A rural village is divided when an extraordinary couple move into a cottage. (IMDb)
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