❚ WHAT A ROLLERCOASTER! Just finished all three hit series of Deutschland83/86/89 on Channel4 catchup, an eye-opening panorama of Cold War life during the 1980s, notably in East Germany, the GDR. There, almost every member of your family had been pressed into spying on everyone else by the Stasi and hence at arm’s length by the Russian KGB. In the newly aired series three, the Fall of the Wall and the terrifying prospect of “freedom” becomes almost laughable, were people’s reflexes not so grim as the red peril turns in on itself.
➢ Catch up on Deutschland 83, the irresistible German thriller series set during the 1980s Cold War. Young East German guard Martin Rauch is inveigled into spying
➢ Guardian TV review, 2021 – Western hubris is unpicked as a new series of the hit German drama explores the deeper consequences of the fall of the Berlin Wall