Sunday, 14 February 2016

Theme Time: Peter Schilling - Deutschland 83

Tonight sees the screening of the final episode of Deutschland 83 on Channel 4.

I've loved this wonderful German series about a young East German border patrol guard who is sent over the Berlin Wall by the Stasi to spy on the Western military at the height of the Cold War's nuclear threat. It's like a cross between The Lives of Others (for the espionage and suspense) and Ashes to Ashes (for the nostalgia of the music and pop culture references)

The theme tune is German pop star Peter Schilling's 1983 hit Major Tom (Coming Home) an affectionate ode/sequel to Bowie's Space Oddity. However I believe in its native Germany, the theme used is actually New Order's Blue Monday

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