The Cold War is getting hot again! Three years on from his cross-border exploits in "Deutschland 1983", East German spy Martin Rauch is recalled from his African banishment and sent back into the field. Abandoned by Moscow and desperate for cash, the East German leadership are pushing their secret operatives to experiment with global capitalism to save their sinking socialist ship. Dark deals and a dangerous mission lead him to South Africa, Angola, Libya, Paris, West Berlin and finally back to East Berlin, where he must make an impossible decision. Filmed in German, with English subtitles, the series stars Jonas Ney and Maria Schrader.
Episode 1 airs on Channel 4 on Friday March 8th at 9pm
Brecht's 'Mother Courage' at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre
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NIEMANDSLAND - THE AFTERMATH
Following Irmgard's moving story in February last month about her home city of Hamburg comes a film, THE AFTERMATH, set in postwar Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal. In cinemas from March 1st.