Images of Wicklow and Ireland were beamed into the homes of around 500,000 people in Norway this week, when an episode of a reality dating TV show – filmed here this
summer – aired on TV2, the largest commercial TV channel in Norway. A TV crew – filming for a special Ireland episode of one of Norway’s most popular TV programmes, called Jakten på kjærligheten (meaning ‘The Farmer Wants a Wife’) – was in Ireland in July, as guests of Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.
Pictured are contestants Are Stifjell (second left) and Hanna Hovland (fourth left) during filming at the Wicklow Wolf Brewery in Bray; also pictured are Ole Andreas Grøntvedt,cameraman; Peter Reynier, Wicklow Wolf Brewing Company; Togeir Lindblad, crew member; Niamh Walsh, Tourism Ireland; Meena Rathore, crew member; and Andre Johansen, sound.
Jakten på kjærligheten is all about single farmers meeting a number of potential partners; then, the farmer and his ‘favourite’ partner go on a dream date to a foreign location – in this instance, Wicklow. It’s one of the top reality TV shows in Norway, attracting about half a million viewers each week – with many more fans chatting online about it.
Viewers saw the couple – Are Stifjell and Hanna Hovland – visiting the Wicklow Wolf Brewery and enjoying a picnic on the grounds of Powerscourt Estate.