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Deutschland 83 becomes UK's highest rated foreign-language drama

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The release of fully consolidated ratings for the launch episode of Deutschland 83 has shown that the German spy drama is now the highest rated foreign-language drama in UK TV history.

After launching with 1.49 million viewers, the first episode has now consolidated with 2.5 million viewers, overtaking the launch of The Returned (9th June 2013) on Channel 4 which previously held the record with 2.2 million. The series forms part of Walter Presents, a brand new on-demand service showcasing the world’s best foreign-language drama.

Set against the real events, culture wars and political realities of Germany in the 1980s, Deutschland 83 is a stylish coming of age story, framed within a suspenseful thriller. Season 1 culminates with the true story of a nuclear stand-off in late 1983, caused by a NATO war game and botched intelligence on the East German side.

Created by husband and wife team Anna and Jörg Winger, Deutschland 83 is the first German- speaking drama to play on a mainstream US cable network.

Walter Presents will eventually host more than 600 hours of drama that will be available for box-set

viewing on All 4, including the option to download episodes to watch on the go.

Praise for Deutschland 83


“It’s only January but let’s call it already: coolest show of the year.”

Grazia

“This is the next subtitled sensation……..unmissable TV.”

TV Times

“This pacy saga could be your new subtitled obsession.”

The Guardian

“A stylish curtain-raiser for Walter Presents.”

The Times

“Great fun, and powered by an irrestible 1983 vintage soundtrack.”

The Daily Telegraph

“Evocative and gripping.”

The Daily Mail

Ends.


Notes to Editors


Top 10 highest rated foreign-language dramas 2010-2016 (highest occurring episode):

#

Programme Title

Channel

Date

Volume

1

DEUTSCHLAND 83

Channel 4

03/01/2016

2,456

2

THE RETURNED

Channel 4

09/06/2013

2,217

3

THE BRIDGE

BBC4

21/11/2015

1,813

4

SALAMANDER

BBC4

08/02/2014

1,349

5

THE KILLING III

BBC4

17/11/2012

1,264

6

THE KILLING II

BBC 4

19/11/2011

1,248

7

BORGEN

BBC 4

05/01/2013

1,188

8

GENERATION WAR: OUR MOTHERS, OUR FATHERS

BBC 2

26/04/2014

1,177

9

INSPECTOR MONTALBANO

BBC 4

09/11/2013

1,083

10

THE YOUNG MONTALBANO

BBC 4

02/01/2016

1,033

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