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Weekly update: Deutschland 86 hits UK screens

Updated: Mar 30, 2020

By Ben Rowe

The ten-part sequel to 2015’s Deutschland 83 returned to UK screens on Friday. Reviews were broadly positive, with the Guardian giving it a 3* review. The Telegraph’s Judith Wood wrote about ‘Ostalgie’, and why the show's hit international success hasn’t been replicated in Germany.


As the UK’s exit of the EU draws ever nearer, our trading ties with Germany are under the spotlight. This article in the Financial Times explains what the implications of a no-deal could be, particularly for the German port of Cuxhaven which relies heavily on British trade.

To continue our celebration of Bauhaus in its 100th year… Fiona MacCarthy’s Walter Gropius: Visionary Founder of the Bauhaus reveals the more personal side of the man who fathered the movement. You can read a review of the book here.

A television reboot of 1981’s film classic, Das Boot, has been renewed for a second series. The Guardian’s review was a microcosm of widespread critical approval for the first series, which aired on Sky Atlantic. Das Boot achieved the best ratings ever for a European production on pay TV. 

Simon Winder’s ‘Lotharingia: A Personal History of Europe’s Lost Country’ was released this week. The ‘lands of Lothar’, once dividing medieval France and Germany, are the focus of Winder’s latest upbeat, humorous exploration of European history. They follow his previous works ‘Germania’ and ‘Danubia’.

One for those planning on visiting Germany soon, Paul Hughes’ book, ‘There’s nothing wrong with Germany… But here’s 50 things you’ll notice’ promises a hilarious take on what makes Germany, German.

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