Skam Awarded Peer Gynt Prize By Prime Minister

Hit Norwegian youth drama Skam (Shame), which follows the everyday lives of a group of High School students in Oslo, has been awarded the Peer Gynt Prize for exercising social responsibility and showing Norway in a positive light abroad.

The prize, which is voted for by politicians at The Storting, was presented to series writer Julie Andem and producer Marianne Furevold-Bolandby by Prime Minister Erna Solberg at the Peer Gynt Festival in Gudbrandsdalen yesterday.

Head of the Peer Gynt Foundation, Rune Støstad, said: “We are all far from perfect. That’s how it is real life. Such was the journey in Peer Gynt’s life, and so is the journey in the lives of William, Nora, Isak, Sanaa and the others in today’s largest Norwegian contemporary drama.”

Julie Andem said: “I was very nervous at first if we were to reach Norwegian 16-year-olds. But beyond that, I had no idea about the scope or the viewers we have today or have had now. I could not believe that… It is overwhelming and fun that it has reached so many.”

So widespread is the reputation of Skam, that Simon Fuller (Idol) has bought the rights to produce an American version of the series, which goes into production this year.