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Deutschland 83 is a German language thriller made for TV, which has broken records in the U.K. as the highest rated foreign language TV show in the history of television. The story focuses on the life of an East German border patrol guard, Martin Rauch, who is sent to West Germany by his aunt who is a senior member of the East German government.

At the outset of the 1980s-set thriller members of the East German government are concerned about the increasing military presence building up under U.S. authority in West Germany. Martin Rauch is approached to enter West Germany under the pseudonym Moritz Stamm, and with the code name Hummingbird. Once the spy has entered West Germany with the aid of the Stasi he is sent on a series of missions that place him in increasing amounts of danger.

As Martin is dragged further into his role as a spy he becomes worried about the health of his mother, and the growing threat of nuclear war he is slowly uncovering through his work. Martin finds himself slowly beginning to question the role he is playing and who he believes will serve humanity the best during the last years of the Cold War.

Wednesdays 11:00 PM et/pt on Sundance Channel
2 Seasons, 18 Episodes
June 17, 2015
8.1/10
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  • Lenora is grounded and demoted after the cruise ship plan is uncovered.

  • Martin is finally able to return to the East and see his son for the first time.

  • Martin has positioned himself for a trade back to East Germany but needs to prove his loyalty to the BND before they accept him as a double agent. Meanwhile, Tina is incarcerated in STASI prison with no idea where her family is.

  • Lenora returns to East Germany with Rose, determined to develop top-secret communication technology for the ANC in a secret operation called Operation VULA.

  • Martin returns to West Berlin.

  • Brigitte tries to convince Martin to work as a double agent.

  • Badly injured, Martin wakes up in the Libyan desert, where he meets Samira and Khaled, and uncovers an imminent terrorist plot. Meanwhile, Lenora arrives at an Angolan hotel.

  • Gary Banks double-crosses Martin and Lenora, leading them headfirst into a proxy conflict at an Angolan oil refinery. Seriously injured in the fighting, Martin is abandoned by Lenora.

  • Martin reluctantly agrees to help Lenora.

  • Banished for his sins in 1983, Martin wallows in limbo until his Aunt Lenora conscripts him into her plan to drum up hard currency abroad.

  • Moritz returns to East Germany to stop his HVA superiors in their tracks. At HVA HQ, fear of a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the West has become a very real possibility, while in the West, the war game Able Archer reaches its peak.

  • When Moritz learns that the HVA believes the NATO's nuclear war game, Able Archer, is a real attack, he must ask General Edel to pull back before it is too late.

  • When Moritz returns to his undercover life in West Germany he is drawn into Alex Edel's fatal plans. Recovering in a room at Charite, Moritz encounters Annett for the first time since he left. He wants to stay home now, she tells him to go West again. Much is left unsaid. She is now in with Schweppenstette, who visits him next and insists, in a tense, father-son coded argument, that Moritz return to his post. Meanwhile Alex Edel has taken General Jackson hostage and forced him, at gunpoint, to film a seething denouncement of US military plans in Western Europe. Lenora follows the whole thing over the wire from the StäV. But by the time Moritz and Kramer get there to break them out before the Police arrive, the damage is already done.

  • Moritz is sent back to East Berlin, on the way, he must deliver a seemingly harmless package to a mysterious man in West Berlin.

  • Once the bug has been found underneath Linda's desk, NATO is on high alert. Linda travels to Martin, who scrambles to turn her loyalties around.

  • Martin has been ordered to seduce and bug the head security analyst's secretary Linda on his first assignment during a NATO conference in Brussels, Belgium.

  • Martin is instructed by Tischbier to get his hands on a top secret security report.

  • East Germany's Secret Service is concerned by American military plans in West Germany. East Germany's Seret Service employee Lenora Rauch sends her nephew to West Germany to act as a spy.

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DEUTSCHLAND 83 | On Set: Sylvester Groth | SundanceTV Clip (01:58) DEUTSCHLAND 83 | 'Questioning Edel' Official Clip | SundanceTV Clip (02:03)

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