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Sequel to Deutschland83 will run on All 4

Titled Deutschland86, the second series picks up the story of Communist agent Martin Rauch who we last saw in East Germany, caught up in a betrayal plot amongst his superior officers.

Three years later, in 1986, Martin emerges as an exile in East Africa and is once again enlisted by his Aunt Lenora to fight in the Global Cold War. Set amongst true stories of terrorism in 1980s Western Europe, Deutschland86 journeys through events in Paris, Johannesburg, and Tripoli before returning to a divided Berlin where nationwide anxieties are coming to a head.

Channel 4 to broadcast upcoming presidential debates

Left: Trump giving a speech at the Trump SOHO Hotel in New York in June. Right: Clinton giving a speech in Atlantic City Credit in July: REX/Shutterstock

The channel's live coverage of the debate, held on September 26th, reached a consolidated audience of just under 200,000 viewers.

Channel 4 Current Affairs Commissioning Editor, George Waldrum said: "This has been a US election like no other with phenomenal public interest. Everyone wants to know if Trump can really pull off a shock victory. We're excited to bring what could be a pivotal moment in both Clinton and Trump's bid to be the next President, to a UK audience. It's unmissable."

Channel 4 acquires US hit comedy black-ish

Currently in its third season in the US, the show stars Anthony Anderson (Kangaroo JackThe Departed) as Andre Johnson, a middle-class father of four who is afraid he and his family have lost sight of their culture as black Americans living in a white suburban neighbourhood. The series follows Andre's attempts to reclaim his family's heritage and encourage his children to celebrate their roots.

This week's Top TV: 12 - 18 September

Hooten and the Lady confront hair-raising obstacles as they travel the globe in search of hidden treasures (Credit: Sky)


Celebrity Home Secrets

ITV, 8pm

Janet Street Porter (Credit: ITV)

In this show, famous faces revisit their former homes to share memories and secrets from when they lived there.

This week we get an insight into the colourful life of Janet Street Porter as we look back at her various homes, including the ‘castle’ she built in the middle of London.

RTS Midlands July conference

Joe Godwin, Head of BBC Birmingham (Credit: BBC)

At the RTS Midlands Centre conference, Joe Godwin, director of the BBC Academy and BBC Birmingham, discussed training and apprenticeship schemes, as well as the success of BBC Drama.  

The diversity workshop was chaired by former BBC community affairs correspondent Barnie Choudhury, and featured actor and broadcaster Phina Oruche, BBC head of business development Tommy Nagra and Godwin.  

Choudhury asked whether diversity had been “highjacked by those who want to stop creativity”, prompting an impassioned debate. 

Will Charles Gurassa succeed as chair of Channel 4?

Charles Gurassa (Credit: Channel 4)

There is never any shortage of top-quality candidates competing to land the job of chairing Channel 4, but Ofcom looks to have played a shrewd hand by appointing an unsullied newcomer to this key role.  

Businessman Charles Gurassa is personable and speaks calmly and quietly. He has none of the overriding self-importance common to those as successful as this veteran of the travel industry and several bruising corporate battles. 

Why broadcasters need religious literacy

A wall painting of Moses and the Burning Bush (Credit: Dura Europos Synagogue)

"My generation grew up thinking that religion was completely marginal to British life, which, as for the rest of the world, has been proved more and more wrong,” historian Simon Schama famously said.

In this, if in little else, Schama and I have something in common. Born in the same year, I was also carried along on the wave of 1960s optimism, which assumed that everyone was basically good, life was getting better for all, and reason would triumph.