Those interested in Cold War series The Americans, a spy/mole thriller set in the early 1980s, might want to also give this one a try. Deutschland ’83, while also set in early 1980’s Cold War, is instead set in West Germany.
Officially it is an eight-episode German television series starring Jonas Nay as a 24-year old native of East Germany who in 1983 is sent to the West as an undercover spy for the Stasi. For RTL Television and Sundance TV it will also supposedly have a streak of tongue-in-cheek black humour.
“‘Deutschland 83’ is a gripping coming-of-age story set against the real culture wars and political events of Germany in the 1980s. The drama follows Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay) as the 24 year-old East Germany native is pulled from the world as he knows it and sent to the West as an undercover spy for the Stasi foreign service. Hiding in plain sight in the West German army, he must gather the secrets of NATO military strategy. Everything is new, nothing is quite what it seems and everyone he encounters is harboring secrets, both political and personal.”
The trailer, to my eyes, blatantly and egregiously rips off a documentary from the 2000s called 1983: The Brink of Apocalypse. Not many have seen that documentary, but I have and it’s uncannily ‘inspired’.