Public Service Announcement 17 of 2019: Deutschland 86

Deutschland 83 caused something of a stir when it hit our screens almost exactly three years ago: its first episode was the most-watched foreign-language drama premiere ever, and the show unfolded into a witty and pop-culture-literate take on the depths of the Cold War as seen from the East German side, handling with skill and intelligence the intersection of the personal and the political. As ever, of course, it’s worth bearing in mind that when it was shown, the idea of a divided Europe and a warmonger in the White House seemed quaint. Oh God. Anyway, I said at the time that I’d be up for a sequel, and here it is: we’re three years closer to the Wall coming down, Martin is in exile in Angola, and his Aunt Lenora is now on manoeuvres in Cape Town. It starts tonight at 9pm on More4, with the whole thing available via All4 thereafter.


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