Hello my lovely readers!
Today I want to talk about one of my 2017 discoveries. I stumbled upon this mini series by surprise by was hooked from the first episode on!
What is it about?
This show is actually based on a novel written by Len Deighton. The rather irritating title already indicates the plot: it’s an alternative timeline where the Nazis won the Battle of Britain and currently occupy the land. Set in 1941 we follow Douglas Archer, a Scotland Yard detective, who despite trying to keep out of things soon finds himself in over his head…
Why should you check it out?
First of all, those alternative timelines always have something haunting. It’s like an entire story full of what-ifs. For me it’s fascinating to explore what might have been, especially if the plot is constructed this thoughtfully and cleverly. I’m no expert on WWII, and especially not on Great Britain, but this show largely felt very realistic. You could tell that they paid attention to even the smallest details. Shout out to the BBC for always delivering quality work!
What initially got me to watch the show is Sam Riley playing the main role. His gloomy look is just perfect for this role. And by the way, he speaks German! There are many German conversations throughout the five episodes and I’m glad that they actually casted someone capable of uttering an understandable sentence in German. Furthermore, many German actors were cast to play the bad guys (it seems the only roles out there for German actors are Nazi-related…). That makes the whole thing even more realistic.
However, I had read that many people complained about the mumbling during the first episode and that many parts of the conversations were hard to understand. Well, I think that the whispering and all the rather quiet voices just added to the atmosphere. You have to really focus on the show and not do anything else while watching but for me that’s a good thing.
SS-GB is a fascinating, thrilling and rather authentic mini-series. Sam Riley gives an intense performance in these five episodes!
Did you watch the show? Let me know in the comments what you think!