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…
It’s been a little while, I know, since the previous TMINE competition. But look at this! Here’s a chance to win series one and two of Babylon Berlin on DVD and there’ll be a chance to win Deutschland ’86 in a few weeks, too.
Babylon Berlin, of course, was one of TMINE’s Top 14 Shows of 2017. But in case you don’t know about it, here’s the Spiel (did you see what I did there?)
THE CRITICALLY acclaimed, multi award winning hit German period drama Babylon Berlin follows a young police inspector uncovering a tangled web of corruption amongst the political, social and sexual extremes of the Weimar Republic. Making waves at home and internationally after its run on Sky Atlantic, and with its third series due later this year, Babylon Berlin Series One & Two Box Set is set to arrive on DVD courtesy of Acorn Media International.
The lavish, $40m series is Germany’s most expensive drama to date, and explores a metropolis in turmoil: growing poverty stands in stark contrast to the excesses and indulgence of the night life in 1929 Berlin.
Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch), an ex-soldier from Cologne, is transferred to Berlin to investigate one of Berlin’s biggest pornography rings, together with stenotypist Charlotte Ritter (Liv Lisa Fries) and his partner Bruno Wolter (Peter Kurth). Rath is forced into an existential conflict, torn between loyalty and uncovering the truth as an even greater conspiracy unfolds: Soviet rebels confronting the rise of National Socialism. Berlin’s police headquarters increasingly become the melting pot of a democracy whose days are numbered.
The social climate and political factors that coalesce into a growth in power of the populist far-right has striking political relevance even now, 90 years after the show is set. With a rare 100% critics consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, Babylon Berlin is perfect for your next box set binge.
Babylon Berlin Series One & Two will be available digitally to download and keep from iTunes, Amazon Prime Video and Google Play on 1 March 2019 and arrives on DVD as a four-disc box set on 1 April 2019.
Last week, I gave you the chance to win tickets to Friday’s Totally Serialized showing, of amongst other things, the first episode of season 4 of Spiral/Engrenages. The deadline has passed and I can proudly announce that the winner is…