I didn't expect that a series set in a Reykjavik petrol station would have me in stitches, but that's exactly what happened. Night Shift is an Icelandic gem, with understated writing, perfect timing and best of all, unique characters.
The events of each episode are generally seen through the eyes of new employee Daníel Saevarsson, who witnesses the chaos generally caused by his boss, the wannabe Marxist dictator Georg Bjarnfreðarson, and his colleague, the good-natured but dimwitted Ólafur Ragnar. Daníel is immediately a very sympathetic character, and also apparently the only really sane person in the building. Ólafur is loveable, despite living in Cloud Cuckoo Land most of the time. And Georg? Well, imagine if Vladimir Lenin and Captain Mainwaring had a love child. That should give you some idea what Georg is like...
There are plenty of laugh out loud moments, including Georg's pompous speeches ("I have FIVE university degrees!!") and Ólafur's many scrapes. There are also moments of real drama and pathos, often revolving around Daníel, but also sometimes Ólafur as well. The episodes are very well acted and the three main actors (who were also involved in writing the show) are to be commended for creating memorable and subtly-drawn characters.
If you can get hold of a copy of this series it will keep you amused for a long time - and you won't be able to pass a petrol station without looking for the "Personnel on the Forecourt"!