Film und Medien Stiftung NRWNewsNews"Babylon Berlin": fourth season on Sky from 8 October

"Babylon Berlin": fourth season on Sky from 8 October

  • 12 new episodes of the hit series backed by the Filmstiftung
  • Star-studded cast: Volker Bruch, Liv Lisa Fries, Lars Eidinger, Hannah Herzsprung, Meret Becker, Benno Fürmann, Ronald Zehrfeld, Fritzi Haberlandt, Saskia Rosendahl, Max Raabe
  • Season 3 sold to 140 countries, over 10 million views in ARD’s Mediathek

The fourth season of the Filmstiftung-backed hit series "Babylon Berlin" (directed by Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries and Henk Handloegten) will be launched by Sky on Saturday, 8 October, at 8.15 pm, with two episodes airing each week. The script for the new season was written by the established directorial trio together with the co-authors Bettine von Borries and Khyana El Bitar. Das Erste plans to broadcast all twelve episodes in 2023. Season 4 had already celebrated its world premiere at the Delphi Filmtheater in Berlin on 20 September .

"Babylon Berlin" is a production of X Filme Creative Pool in co-production with ARD Degeto, Sky and Beta Film. The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW backed the fourth season with 1.2 million Euros, the third season with 1.5 million Euros, and the first two seasons with a total of two million Euros. The new season was also supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and the German Motion Picture Fund. The series was shot in Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia, including at Schloss Drachenburg in Königswinter as well as in Cologne, Krefeld and Bochum.

Unique success story

"Babylon Berlin" has been a unique success story since the series first went on air in 2017. The production wowed critics worldwide and won numerous national and international awards, including the European Achievement Award at the European Film Awards, the Bambi, the Grimme Award, four German Television Awards, the Bavarian Television Award and the Austrian Romy. The series reached an audience of millions in Germany, Europe and beyond. When first broadcast on Sky, "Babylon Berlin" was one of the channel’s most successful series. The ratings of the free-TV premiere by Das Erste were also outstanding, with the third season reaching over 10 million views in the ARD Mediathek.

The cast of the fourth season

Volker Bruch as Gereon Rath and Liv Lisa Fries as Charlotte Ritter are joined again by numerous actors from the first two seasons, including Benno Fürmann, Lars Eidinger, Hannah Herzsprung, Christian Friedel, Udo Samel, Godehard Giese, Fritzi Haberlandt, Karl Markovics, Jördis Triebel, Ronald Zehrfeld, Meret Becker, Hanno Koffler, Martin Wuttke, Trystan Pütter and Saskia Rosendahl. There are also some notable new additions to the cast for season 4: Mark Ivanier, Barbara Philipp, Moisej Bazijan, Ronald Kukulies, Thomas Arnold, Lenn Kudrjawizki, Hannes Wegener and Max Raabe, among others.

About the series

The script for the fourth season is based on Volker Kutscher’s novel "Goldstein" (the third novel in his Gereon Rath series) and focuses on the approaching end of the Weimar Republic: Berlin on New Year’s Eve 1930/31. People are drinking and dancing in the bars. Life is supposed to be like in the popular song of the moment: a day like gold! Away from the gutter, the factory owner Nyssen toasts with bigwigs from politics and the Reichswehr – he has a dream of conquering the moon. But what the new year will bring is not crystal clear. While the underworld embarks on  bloody war for supremacy of the city, the future of the Weimar Republic is decided on the streets, in the party headquarters as well as in the editorial offices of the fascist press.