New German Series: Deutschland 83 Posted by Constanze on Jan 8, 2016 in Culture, Language
Guten Tag, liebe Leser!
I hope 2016 is treating you well so far!
At the end of last year I saw posters and billboards all over the place advertising a new drama series here in the UK called Deutschland 83. I was intrigued, but as I have never in all my years here seen a German TV series broadcast in the UK (at least, not without dubbing), I assumed it would be an American production and be in English.
But I am happy to say I was wrong! The first episode of Deutschland 83 aired in England on Sunday 3rd January, and I was delighted to find that it is 100% German! Not only is it made in Germany, but it is in German with English subtitles.
Continental drama has gained huge popularity here in recent years, but it has been dominated by the Swedes, Danes and French. I wonder if they’ll ever show a German series here? I kept thinking. You can not imagine how excited I was to hear the German language on English primetime TV, at long last!
So what’s Deutschland 83 all about? If you live in the US, you may already be familiar with it, as it aired there in June 2015 (and was, incidentally, the first German language series on a US network, too!).
Deutschland 83 is an 8-part drama set in the Cold War period in Germany. It follows a 24 year-old East German man who is sent undercover to the West as a spy for the Stasi.
So far only 1 episode has been shown, but it looks like it’ll be a great series, in my opinion. It has had excellent reviews so far.
If you are able to watch it, I recommend that you do. The fact that it’s subtitled rather than dubbed means you get to listen to the German language, with the subtitles to support you (see how much you can understand without them!). Plus, its subject matter means you get a bit of a German history lesson from it, too.
If you are in the UK, you can watch it on Sundays, Channel 4, 9pm. If you’re outside the UK, you might be able to watch it on YouTube, if it’s available in your country.
Who says watching TV can’t be educational? 😉
Here is the trailer, plus a scene from the first episode.
Clip from episode 1:
Happy watching! x
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