Deutschland 83 is an eight-episode Cold War espionage German television series filmed in and around locations in Berlin, Germany. The series is written by Anna Winger and co-written by Jörg Winger, Steve Bailie, Ralph Martin and Andrea Willson. It is directed by Edward Berger and Samira Radsi, and the cinematography is by Philipp Haberlandt and Frank Küpper. The show is notable for its extensive use of 1980s popular music.
Official SundanceTV Trailer (Music: New Order – Blue Monday)
It’s 1983. The Cold War is hot. Russian SS20 Missiles in East Germany are already pointed West. American Pershing II Missiles will soon be placed in West Germany, pointing East. The threat of nuclear conflict looms. Our hero, Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay), is 23. Born and raised in East Germany, he is sent undercover, as Moritz Stamm, to West Germany, to work for a top General in the Bundeswehr. Officially, his job is to gather intelligence on the placement of the Pershing II Missiles. A secondary gig develops, infiltrating youth culture through close relationships with the General’s two children. But nothing and no one are as they seem. Deutschland 83 is a coming-of-age story within a suspenseful thriller, set against the real events, culture wars and political realities of Germany in the 1980s.
Deutschland 83 was met with excellent reviews and is a co-production of AMC Networks’ SundanceTV and RTL Television by the production company, UFA Fiction, with international distribution by RTL Group’s FremantleMedia International and North American distribution by Kino Lorber. The series premiered on 17 June 2015 on the SundanceTV channel in the United States, becoming the first German-language series to air on a US network. In November 2015, the series was renewed (and retitled “Deutschland 86”). A third season, Deutschland 89, will very likely follow being set in the pivotal year of 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell.
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