Autumn’s here. The darkness is approaching. Nights are getting longer. Surely it’s time for something scary but high quality? And another TMINE German TV competition?
You’re right. It is. Because I’ve got two copies of top Bron/Broen remake Der Pass (Pagan Peak) up for grabs.
Der Pass (Pagan Peak)
Season one of Der Pass (Pagan Peak) was last week’s Boxset Tuesday – spoiler alert: I loved it – so I’m quite delighted to be able to give it away on DVD, since I suspect not as many people would have seen it as would have liked to have seen it, given it aired here on Sky Atlantic.
Here’s the blurb, to explain it:
TV phenomenon The Bridge has inspired numerous remakes across the globe and heralded a new dawn of television. Now from the award-winning makers of hit drama The Dark comes a thrilling new German-Austrian spin that takes the initial premise to the brand-new gripping heights of Der Pass.
This Sky Original garnered exceptional viewing figures when it premiered in Germany, earning critical acclaim and now it’s set to take the UK by storm as it arrives on DVD and digital from Acorn Media International following its premiere on Sky Atlantic this summer.
When a gruesomely staged, dead body is found in a mountain pass in the Alps near the German-Austrian border, two detectives from either side are brought in to investigate.
Not only are they from two different countries, they are worlds apart in their careers… German detective Ellie (Julia Jentsch) embraces the case as the first real challenge of her profession, while her Austrian counterpart Gedeon (Nicholas Ofczarek) is jaded and seems to have lost any ambition.
They soon discover more crime scenes with symbolically posed victims, which appear reminiscent of pagan rituals. Are they all part of a much bigger, sinister plan?
Ellie puts herself under increasing pressure to try and understand the deranged murderer’s motives so she can stop them killing again, and as the hunt goes on the detectives are drawn deeper into the dark valleys and archaic Alpine customs – and the paranoid world of the killer.
Set against a majestic backdrop, the eight-part series is produced by the Academy Award-winning Max Wiedemann and Quirin Berg (The Lives of Others) and won the award for Best TV series at Austria’s ROMY TV Awards. It arrives on DVD and digital on 23 September 2019.
Make the darkly enthralling Der Pass your new favourite ritual.
Entry closed last night and the following people were all cool and retro enough to want to have Deutschland on DVD:
Good odds, hey? Given nearly 600 people knew about the competition just through Facebook and at least another 250 through Twitter, that suggests to me either Deutschland ’86 isn’t that popular or the fact it’s available for free on All 4 means people aren’t fussed about owning it on DVD (yet). Bad luck them!
Now, using the mighty power of the Internet Random Number Generator, I’ve picked two of these three wise people at random from the entries to receive the DVDs. And they are…
In 2016 a German language drama premiered on Channel 4; it has since become the most popular foreign-language drama in the history of British television with an audience of 2.5 million viewers.
That drama was Deutschland ’83, a gritty Cold War drama with a soundtrack that hit all the right nostalgic buttons (99 red balloons anyone?).
Three years later and the series returns – as Deutschland ’86: East Germany is broke, Perestroika is real, terrorism plagues Europe, the AIDS crisis intensifies and the struggle against apartheid rages on. And there’s still plenty of ’80s pop music, of course.
Banished for his sins in 1983, Martin Rauch wallows in limbo until his Aunt Lenora conscripts him into her plan to drum up hard currency abroad. They set off on an adventure through Africa, Western Europe and finally home to East Germany. Can mafioso-style Capitalism save Communism just in the nick of time?
All you had to do to enter was ‘Like’ the TMINE Facebook page and leave a comment on the competition entry post. Since Disqus malfunctioned for at least one person, I allowed commenting on the Facebook post announcing the competition for said person.
Entry closed last night and the following people were all smart and talented enough to want to have Babylon Berlin on DVD and to follow the instructions:
Look at the advanced technology that runs TMINE, hey? Have you ever seen its like before?
Anyway, as usual, together with the mighty power of the Internet Random Number Generator, I’ve picked two people at random from the entries to receive the DVDs. And they are…