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Revolving around the life of un-produced screenwriter Barnum Nilsen, The Half Brother is a dramatic family saga that offers an historical parable of 20th century Europe. On V Day, May 1945, as a continent emerges from war, Barnum's mother Vera is raped in her attic in Oslo by an unknown man, leading to the birth of Barnum's half brother, Fred. When Barnum is born five years later, to the man that Vera has since met and married, the Nilsen family, like Europe, is already splitting in two. Growing up together during the Cold War – Barnum with his father, Fred searching for his – the half brothers become estranged and Fred eventually disappears. At the film festival in Berlin in 1990, as the Wall is still coming down, Barnum learns that Fred has returned. Finally, as the true identity of Fred's father comes to light, the two half brothers may once again be reunited.

Show Info

Network: Norway NRK1 (2013 - 2013)
Schedule: Sundays at 20:55 (45 min)
Status: Ended
Language: Norwegian
Show Type: Scripted
Genres: Drama
Episodes ordered: 8 episodes

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Previous Episode


Episode 1x08; Feb 17, 2013

Barnum decides to leave Vivian, and heads back to Røst to get on the wagon. Incidentally, Røst is precisely where he at last finds the answers to the half-brother riddle. When Peder invites him over to Berlin to sell screenplays, Barnum joins him. Ho

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x08: SkarvenFeb 17, 2013
1x07: DebutanterFeb 10, 2013
1x06: StraffFeb 3, 2013
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Extra Details

Also known as:
  • Velipuoli (Finland Finland)
  • Der Halbbruderq (Germany Germany)
  • A féltestvér (Hungary Hungary)
  • Halfbrodirinn (Iceland Iceland)
  • Pusbralis (Latvia Latvia)
  • Halvbrodern (Sweden Sweden)
  • The Half Brother
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