Full disclosure: I’m REALLY looking forward to Babylon Berlin. The Sky Germany series is an expensive, ambitious project that not only looks like a million dollars, but also costs a million dollars (actually MANY millions of dollars). I’m a sucker for anything set in this era (the lamp-lit streets, the fashions, the socio-political stuff…), so I’m hoping Babylon Berlin will deliver the story and characterisation on top of all the aesthetics. The good news is that we now know when it’s going to air.
Based on the bestselling series of novels by German writer Volker Kutscher, the engrossing mystery follows police inspector Gereon Rath as he is sent to the glamorous, decadent world of pre-World War II Berlin to investigate a porn ring run by the city’s mafia.
Set against the social and political upheaval of Germany in 1929 – with a failing economy and a rise of right-wing extremists, some may even find timely parallels to events today – nothing is what it seems as the case spirals and Gereon’s life is changed forever.
Now, anyone who has read Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther books will probably be salivating at the moment. It just sounds fantastic (but then again I felt the same way in the lead-up to SS-GB and look how that turned out). The eight-part series will be shown in double bills every Sunday night.
Here’s a trailer:
I mean, COME ON!
Babylon Berlin: Sunday 5th November, 9pm, Sky Atlantic