Damien Love’s TV highlights including Babylon Berlin
THE UK’S BEST TV CRITIC DAMIEN LOVE RAMPAGES HIS WAY THROUGH THE WEEK IN TELEVISION
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