8 Days – German T.V. Show

Being a late to bed and late riser, I am sat here watching my T.V at 2 a.m. in the U.K. (GMT) having just watched episode 5 of a sub-titled German thriller called 8 Days which is being shown on the Sky Atlantic channel. I didn’t use to watch sub-titled programmes as I often semi-watch, by which I mean read something else at the same time or wander out of the room without pausing the show. However, the rise of Scandi-Noir has converted me and I have now watched numerous such shows from different corners of Europe. Still having a bit of a problem maintaining my concentration, probably just demonstrates my laziness as a native English speaker, (despite having learnt Danish as a child, and promptly lost it when I left, plus my mother having been fluent in four languages).

The show centres on a wider German family in the last days before an asteroid is due to hit Europe. It is a clever play on the migration crisis as people pour out of central Europe and the rest of the world limit immigration. The authorities do have some bunkers ready, but without spoilers, the plot revolves around the politics and morality of who gets a place. a bit slow to start with but really picks up as the story develops although I haven’t got to the end yet, I would be interested in other opinions and envisage an English language version in due course.

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