Babylon Berlin 3 from 1st April on Sky and Now TV
A crucial, “black” year of change: it is in 1929 that the third season of the German series Babylon Berlin takes place (from 1 April every Wednesday at 9.15 pm on Sky Atlantic and streaming on Now TV). This time the investigation by the chief inspector of the homicide team Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch) in the German capital concerns the death of a movie star, Betty Winter, right in the studios of Babelsberg Film. Hit by a spotlight, it seems she was simply unfortunate but the policewoman Charlotte Ritter (Liv Lisa Fries) does not think so, on the contrary, she believes that death, far from accidental, is linked to the local mafia. As usual, the crime scene investigation is intertwined with personal battles of the protagonist, who this time return from the past more vivid than ever, like his addiction to drugs, and his assistant, often on the edge of a department dominated by men.
Gereon and Charlotte, protagonists of Babylon Berlin
For those unfamiliar with history, here is a general picture: first of all it is the most expensive non-English TV show in the history of TV. It was worth it, as it was sold in over 100 countries with immediate success. The credit goes in part to the suggestive historical setting that precedes Nazism, when the coexistence of different voices was not only tolerated but encouraged. Taken from novel Death makes no noise by Volker Kutscher, it seems an classic noir, almost old-fashioned, who follows the story of a detective who comes from the province and finds himself working in Berlin.
This vibrant, sensual and mysterious city accompanies crimes and reveals mysteries, but also incredible contrasts, on a journey from the most unbridled luxury to the most squalid taverns. A bit like the protagonist himself, always slightly out of synch or out of place in this sophisticated urban environment. Luckily he and colleague Lottie are like ying and yang and they balance and compensate each other, above all because in the couple she is the wise guide who ferries him into this unknown world, that of the legacy of the First World War, of the crunches of the Weimar Republic, of the criminal balances and of the secret military bases. Reality and fiction intertwine in a masterly way and the public is immersed in it, but as a protagonist and not as a mere spectator.