In Norway: TV2. Aired from October 2015
In the UK: Wednesdays, 9pm, Sky Arts
What is science-fiction? It's a harder question than you might think. As soon as you think you know what it is - it's set in outer space, it involves some non-existent technology or science, it involves aliens - you can think of some counter-example, such as The Man In The High Castle that doesn't fit your rules. Often, it boils down to a definition like that of pornography: you know it when you see it.
Even then, there are disagreements. Think back to 1987 and you'll remember the BBC's Star Cops. Set in the then far-off year of 2027, it simply tried to imagine what life would be like in that year, particularly when it comes to investigating crime. No aliens, yet clearly science-fiction, with its imagined new technologies (computer viruses! Personal digital assistants!), moon bases and space stations.
Star Cops, for all its ambitions at future reality, suffered from the fact that like most future-set science-fiction, it was an extrapolation of the then present. Like 2010, The Terminator and other 80s sci-fi shows, it assumed that the USSR and an aggressive Russia would be intact in the future and antagonistic to the West. My, how we laughed at their naivety when the Berlin Wall fell, and even Terminator 2 had to revise the franchise's predicted 1997 to take account of the fact the "Russians are our friends now".
My, how we laugh at our naivety now. Who predicted the rise of Valdimir Putin and the return of an antagonistic Russia? Who foresaw the return of Russian jets probing Norway's airspace? Apparently, Chris Boucher did in Star Cops. Sorry for laughing at you in the 90s, Chris.
All of which takes us to Occupied (Okkupert), a thriller based on an idea by noted Scandi author Jo Nesbø that could be described as science-fiction or political thriller, depending where you sit in the whole 'what is science fiction?' debate. Set in the 'near future', it predicts the US achieving energy self-sufficiency and withdrawing from NATO, leaving the EU and other nations in the West to try to get by on dwindling oil reserves, largely produced by Norway.
Then in the wake of a climate change-induced hurricane that devastates Norway, along comes a new Norwegian prime minister (Henrik Mestad) with a strong green agenda. He shuts down oil production and instead offers the world nuclear-generated electricity powered by Norway's Thorium reserves. Except the EU and other neighbouring countries aren't too impressed by the instant move to green power - how exactly do you run existing petrol-powered cars on nuclear energy? - and in a somewhat radical move, team up with the Russians to force Norway to start up oil production.
The Russians kidnap Mestad, make it clear what's going to happen next, and before you know it, Russia's doing a 'US in Vietnam' and sending in teams of 'advisors' (with Mil Mi-24 helicopter gunships) to help Norway crank up oil production again. Yes, Russia has invaded Norway - although Mestad tries to convince everyone that it's all very peaceful - and there's seemingly nothing anyone can or will do about repelling the former superpower.
Or is there? Because Norway has its own Jack Bauer - security service guard Hans Martin Djupvik (Eldar Skar) - and he's going to do his upmost to deal with the Russians, in his own way.
Here's the original Norwegian trailer for the show or you can watch the unembeddable English-language one over on Sky Arts.