BBC Two to show ground-breaking German drama, Generation War

Generation War has a truly epic sweep and emotionally compelling narrative - we are really delighted to bring this critically-acclaimed and thought-provoking series to BBC viewers.”Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition
Date: 19.08.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.15
Category: BBC Two; Drama
BBC Two acquires Generation War - the 3x90-minute ground-breaking German drama will be the first foreign language series premiere on BBC Two since 2001 (The Kingdom, series two).

Generation War depicts the lives of five German friends from 1941-45; two brothers who become Wehrmacht soldiers, a singer, a nurse, and their Jewish friend. Described as a German ‘Band Of Brothers’, the series drew record ratings for ZDF, sparked a nationwide discussion about the role of ordinary Germans during the Second World War, and was called “…a turning point in German television” by Der Spiegel.

Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition, BBC, commented: “Generation War has a truly epic sweep and emotionally compelling narrative - we are really delighted to bring this critically-acclaimed and thought-provoking series to BBC viewers.”

Berlin 1941. Highly-decorated officer Wilhelm is off to the eastern front with his younger brother Friedhelm, a sensitive dreamer more interested in books than warfare. Deeply in love with Wilhelm is Charlotte, a young nurse who feels her duty calling and agrees to serve in the Wehrmacht, also on the eastern front.

While talented singer Greta dreams of being another Marlene Dietrich, her Jewish boyfriend Viktor begins to realise that the lives of both him and his family will be in grave danger if they stay in Germany. As the war takes hold, none of the friends can imagine how the conflict will ultimately change not only them, but the rest of the world.

Alex Agran, Managing Director, Arrow Films, added: “Arrow Films and the BBC have a long heritage of working together and we are thrilled to have the BBC as the perfect broadcaster for this superlative series.”

TeamWorx produced Generation War for ZDF and ORF in association with Beta Film. The worldwide distributor is Beta Films in cooperation with Arrow Films in the UK.

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