Damien Love’s TV high­lights in­clud­ing Baby­lon Ber­lin

THE UK’S BEST TV CRITIC DAMIEN LOVE RAMPAGES HIS WAY THROUGH THE WEEK IN TELE­VI­SION

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HIGH­LIGHT OF THE WEEK

Sun­day Baby­lon Ber­lin 9pm & 10pm Sky At­lantic

IN the over­crowded field of flawed TV de­tec­tives, it can some­times take that lit­tle some­thing ex­tra to stand out, and Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch) springs his party piece with im­mac­u­late tim­ing.

It comes to­ward the end of the first slow but en­gross­ing episode of Baby­lon Ber­lin. By this stage you might think you’ve got the mea­sure of this guy, re­served as he seems. It’s 1929 and, in Ber­lin, the Roar­ing Twen­ties are grow­ing hoarse. In boho base­ments, the Weimar Re­pub­lic’s rest­less youth still strive to shake off the shad­ows from the war of a decade ear­lier, and forge a new world built around free­dom, democ­racy and modernism. But other com­pet­ing ideas about the fu­ture are at large. The Soviet strug­gle be­tween Trot­sky­ists and Stal­in­ists is spilling on to Ger­man streets, and the brown shirts of the Na­tional So­cial­ists are emerg­ing. Mean­while, the Great De­pres­sion spreads. A young de­tec­tive in­spec­tor, Rath has re­cently ar­rived in the thrum­ming city, trans­ferred from Cologne. He re­mains a puzzle to his new col­leagues in the in­creas­ingly busy Ber­lin vice squad, par­tic­u­larly his sus­pi­cious su­pe­rior, Bruno Wolter (Peter Kurth), a cop who ap­proaches his

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