State of Happiness “Well Killers” 20 August 2022: Series 2 Episode 2 on BBC Four
It’s Studio 37’s opening night, but is anyone going to show up? The nation holds its breath as the work to prevent an oil catastrophe continues.
In Norwegian and English with English subtitles.
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About State of Happiness
Drama set in the summer of 1969 in the small coastal town of Stavanger. International oil companies have been test-drilling in Stavanger for years, but nothing has been found, and they are now in the process of leaving.
Phillips Petroleum have been contracted to drill one final hole, but the company is reluctant to throw good money after bad, and they send an ambitious young lawyer to Stavanger to wind things up. The town, however, is desperate for one last chance – it lives off fish and the North Sea is emptying out.
In the end, Phillips finally agrees to try one more hole, and the night before Christmas 1969 the gas flare at the Ocean Viking is lit. The largest sub-sea oil basin in history has just been discovered, and everything is about to change.
This show is broadcast on BBC Four, also known as the British Broadcasting Corporation.
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