Sky Series Guide: "Babylon Berlin" – Murder series between pomp and glamor of the 20s

We present current series highlights at Sky – in addition to well-known long-running favorites, we also take a look at upcoming new releases. As the currently most expensive German series production, “Babylon Berlin” has thrilled audiences and critics alike since 2017.


Cult director Tom Tykwer (“Lola runs”, “Cloud Atlas”) created together with Henk Handloegten and Achim von Borries a crime series in the noir style of the Fritz Lang era. The Volker Kutscher novel “The Wet Fish” (2008) served as the model for the first two seasons, and has so far received six further literary sequels on the cases of Commissioner Gereon Rath.

Following this logic, the current season 3 was based on the second Rath novel “The Silent Death” (2009). Again, a series of murders takes place against the Berlin backdrop of the golden twenties, but this time in the artistic milieu or in the environment of a film set, which in principle is a guarantee of pomp and glamor. Detective Commissioner Gereon (Volker Bruch) and Lotte (Liv Lisa Fries) investigate the death of actress Betty Winter (Natalia Mateo) who was injured by a falling headlight and electrocuted.

Was it an accident or was it a planned murder? And above all: who is behind it? In addition to the case, the series also illuminates the color of the times of the late Weimar Republic including the strengthening National Socialism.

The fact that the season starts on the set of a sound film can be interpreted as a reference to Fritz Lang’s “M – A city is looking for a murderer” – one of the first German sound films to be released in 1931 while the series plot was set in 1930. Instead of a child killer, the ominous perpetrator (s) seem to be targeting actresses. When the fourth season will be released and whether it will refer to the third novel “Goldstein” has not yet been announced.

The third season of “Babylon Berlin was broadcast from January 2020 on Sky One and on demand on Sky Ticket, Sky Go and Sky Q.

Original title: Babylon Berlin
Country: DE
Year: 2020
Directed by Henk Handloegten, Achim von Borries and Tom Tykwer
Actors: Volker Bruch, Liv Lisa Fries
Scope: 12 episodes of approx. 45 min
Age rating: from 12 years
Linear reception: Sky One
Reception call: Sky Ticket, Sky Go, Sky Q


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