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‘Babylon Berlin’ Star Gives Update On Series Five After Sky Exit

EXCLUSIVE: Things have been quiet on the Babylon Berlin front since the shock news came down middle of last year that Sky was pulling out of original commissioning in Germany, including on the hit period drama.

Series four aired last fall and fans have been waiting for an update on the fate of series five, which producers said last summer would go ahead without Sky.

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In a new interview with Deadline set to run tomorrow, the show’s lead actress Liv Lisa Fries confirmed that the plan is to shoot the “last” series of the show later this year:

“At the end of this year we’re going to shoot the last season of Babylon Berlin. It’s still in financial process but they’re writing. Money is a question mark but my schedule is to shoot it later this year.”

Producer Beta Film couldn’t confirm a timetable or financial structure for the show but told us: “The season is currently in development. Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries, and Henk Handloegten are working on the scripts.”

German free TV network ARD Degato and producers Beta and X-Filme put out a statement last summer that production would continue without Sky.

The German-language show has been a big hit globally, selling to 140 territories, and with Netflix carrying it in the U.S.

Babylon Berlin is set in Berlin in the roaring 1920s, exploring a hotbed of crime, politics, sex, drugs, emancipation and extremism. Tykwer, von Borries and Handloegten are the directors and Fries stars alongside Volker Bruch as a young detective caught up in dark conspiracies and a bright young woman struggling to improve her family’s miserable living conditions and her own standing in a male-dominated police department.

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