It was announced in February that the highly anticipated German Cold War coming-of-age spy series “Deutschland 83” would be coming to SundanceTV later in the year, making it the first original German language TV program to be broadcast on a U.S. network, and it now has a release date of June 17 at 11pm ET/PT.
It is a bold step for the network, but having received great reviews during the world premier at the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival, and The New York Times touting the eight-part series as an “ingenious, counterintuitive look at the Cold War,” SundanceTV may have made a brilliant move co-producing the series with Germany’s RTL Television.
SundanceTV sets “Deutschland 83” up as a “captivating story set against the real culture wars and political events of Germany in the 1980s. The drama follows Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay) as the 24-year-old East German native is pulled from the world as he knows it and sent to the West as an undercover spy for the Stasi foreign service. Hiding in plain sight in the West German army, he must gather the secrets of NATO military strategy. Everything is new, nothing is quite what it seems and everyone he encounters is harboring secrets, both political and personal.”
Source: TV by the Numbers
Photo: Nik Konietzny