REVIEW: Babylon Berlin (S3 E3&4/12)

German series Babylon Berlin – the noirish tale of murder and skullduggery in Weimar-era Berlin – began its third series last week, and you have to say it simmered – as it always has done – rather than blazed a trail. Once again it looked gorgeous, and all the elements were fascinating, but I always…

REVIEW: Babylon Berlin (S3 E1&2/12)

One of the more spectacular crime dramas of recent years, Babylon Berlin – costing tens of millions per episode – is back to tell its story of corruption, political manoeuvring, underhand skullduggery in Weimar-era Berlin. Underpinning the whole story is Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch), a tormented homicide detective from Cologne now fully integrated into the…

Sky Atlantic announces transmission date for series three of Babylon Berlin

Now here’s some news to cheer our winter hearts. Sky Atlantic has announced the transmission date for series three of Babylon Berlin, the terrific Berlin-based noir. Based on the bestselling detective novels of Volker Kutscher and arguably the most lavishly-produced non-English language television production ever, Babylon Berlin returns for its third chapter in the Weimer-era…

Babylon Berlin series three confirmed, plotlines revealed

We ran a story a month or so ago saying that series three of Weimer Republic-era noir, Babylon Berlin, was to start production. Now we have more details. Deadline reports: Director-writer trio Tom Tykwer, Henk Handloegten and Achim von Borries are currently working on the scripts for ten new episodes, based on Volker Kutscher’s second Gereon…

Production begins on series three of Babylon Berlin

Last year, Babylon Berlin sashayed onto our screens with quite the fanfare – the German series based on the novels by Volker Kutscher, which told the story of Detective Gereon Rath in a pre-World War II, Weimar Republic-era Berlin. It looked like a million dollars (because it really did cost many millions of dollars) and…

Review: Babylon Berlin (S1 E7&8/8), Sunday 26th November, Sky Atlantic

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE This week’s penultimate episode was highly expositional, but welcomely so. We still didn’t know for real who Alfred Nyssen was, which secret organisation he represented, which side Sventlana was batting for and why, and why the crowd of war veterans were gathered in front of Der Armenier at the end of the…

Review: Babylon Berlin (S1 E5&6/8), Sunday 19th November, Sky Atlantic

Apologies for the delay in posting this (been busy innit), but Babylon Berlin deserves a review – its sensuous realisations of Weimer Republic-era Berlin are one thing, but there’s an interesting story bubbling away here, too. Detective Goreon Rath has been our main focus, as has his continuing investigation into a blackmail plot involving a high-ranking…

Review: Babylon Berlin (S3&4/8), Sunday 12th November, Sky Atlantic

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE Babylon Berlin – the expensive, and fantastic-looking, Weimer Republic-set German crime drama based on the books by Volker Kutscher – got off to a good start last week, thanks to a heady mixture of decadence, sexual blackmail, political unrest and post-war poverty. We were introduced to Kommissar Gereon Rath, a PTSD-suffering policeman sent to…

Review: Babylon Berlin (S1 E1&2/8), Sunday 5th November, Sky Atlantic

NB: SPOILERS INSIDE Thanks to a mahoosive £36million budget, we’re going to be transported back to 1920s, pre-Hitler Berlin for the next month. This good-looking, eight-part series is set in the years immediately after World War I, and the hype train is in full flow for Babylon Berlin – it was a huge hit in…

Sky Atlantic confirms transmission date for Babylon Berlin

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…