ZDF greenlights The Lost Daughter

German crime drama has undergone a bit of a renaissance in recent years, broadcaster ZDF has announced that it is joining the party. The Lost Daughter (Die Verlorene Tochter) tells the story of a family whose daughter disappeared 10 years ago on a thundery night in a mysterious way. There were no witnesses, no clues, nothing. Then Isa…

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 two of Dark

Netflix’s German crime/supernatural drama, Dark, made it into our top 10 of Best Crime Dramas last year. The, well, dark show beguiled and unsettled in equal measure and helped to kick-start Netflix’s commitment to drama sourced around the globe. Now we hear that series two – which was commissioned pretty much during the first series…

BBC Four snaps up German hostage drama

We’ve been hearing whispers in the wind about what is coming next in the Saturday-night, 9pm foreign-language crime slot on BBC Four, and now we’re hearing that the Beeb has bought a new hostage drama from Germany. No stranger to hostage dramas – thanks to Denmark’s Below The Surface shown earlier this year – the…

New German crime drama coming to Amazon Prime Video

German crime drama is an ever-growing genre at the moment and, thanks to the likes of Dark, Cenk Batu and Babylon Berlin, the quality has increased significantly over the recent years. Now news reaches us that a new German offering – Beat – has been snapped up by Amazon Prime Video, and will air on…

Review: Dark (S1 E1-10), Netflix

Everything is connected. That’s the mantra at the core of new supernatural crime series Dark, the first big-budget German TV collaboration with Netflix. Unusually for a native language show, the streaming service has gone in big on its promotion, presumably in an attempt to ensnare viewers post-Stranger Things who are searching for something equally spooky…

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 (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…