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Martin Compston’s Norwegian Fling | Preview (BBC Two)

Martin Compston with friend and co-presenter Phil MacHugh gets immersed in modern Norway, in this new six-part series in which they travel almost 2,000 miles along the length of Scotland’s nearest Scandi neighbour.

In this first episode, Martin and Phil embrace the Nordic way of life in the vibrant capital city Oslo. It’s the first step of an epic journey that will explore the differences and similarities between Scotland and Norway.

First, they head to the country’s centre for skiing excellence, Holmenkollen, where they discover Norwegians don’t let a lack of snow get in the way of their love for skiing.

Here the boys have a crash course – literally for Martin - in roller-skiing, with Olympic gold medallist cross country skier Ragnhild Gløersen Haga and champion roller skier Ragnar Bragvin Andresen. And of course, they’re encouraged to take a leap off the world famous Holmenkollen ski jump, thanks to its epic zip line.

Next, the boys do their bit for Scottish-Norwegian relations as they meet Norway’s youngest MP, Maren Grøthe, at The Storting, Norway’s parliament. Then, to round off their first day, the lads then head out into the countryside to experience Norwegian cabin life. On the way, they stop to pick up a carry out of bevvy from the local Vinmonopolet and learn just how expensive Norway is.

Their remote cabin gives them pause for reflection as they look ahead to the massive journey they have ahead of them, which Martin hopes to soundtrack with his beloved Scottish dance music.

Martin Compston’s Norwegian Fling begins week commencing 17th February on BBC Two.


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