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German series "Deutschland 83" goes global

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 01:48

The Cold War comes to the small screen with ''Deutschland 83'', a German television series about espionage, the threat of nuclear war and 1980s pop culture. Sara Hemrajani reports.

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The Cold War comes to the small screen with "Deutschland 83". Set in 1983, the German TV series follows Martin, a young East German border guard who's recruited for an undercover mission in West Germany. With political tensions running high, the unwilling spy finds himself caught between U.S. and Soviet military forces. The show's star Jonas Nay said he spent a lot of time preparing for the role, but added that the best advice often came from the crew and his cast mates. SOUNDBITE: Jonas Nay, actor, saying (English): "You know you have to imagine yourself being in a crew with 50 or 60 people who had their growing up time or their youth time in the '80s and '83. And they were so passionate about that time because they made their experiences then. When we got into a film set, they took something out of the props and were like, 'Do you remember!'". "Deutschland 83" made its way to the States last year, becoming the first ever German language series to air on a U.S. network. Its debut episode in the UK in January also pulled in over 2 million viewers. Now there's talk of sequels, with the action possibly moving to 1986 and 1989. SOUNDBITE: Jonas Nay, actor, saying (English): "I would be totally on board for more. I'm standing - or sitting - in a starting position right now because I know they are discussing it right now in Berlin, that they're sitting on a table and they're talking about "86" and "89" and how to do it. And I know that there are so many ideas. Anna Winger, the head author, she's like a creative super brain." It seems audiences and critics are keen for more - "Deutschland 83" picked up the prestigious Golden Camera Award in Hamburg earlier this month.

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German series "Deutschland 83" goes global

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 01:48