Riviera with 2.3m viewers in the first series was Sky Atlantic’s most successful output and the second one much hyped and promoted.
It’s a Harold Robbins novel with a Gallic portion of Dynasty.
It’s a peek at the Super-rich with their superyachts, mansion villas on the Riviera and unhappy lives.
Georgy is an art dealer/expert but the glimpses of this world are pretentious too.
It was partially saved by exquisite shots of the Riviera but otherwise plodded along .
It’s set in East Germany in 1986 where a committee of financiers and spies set up a scheme to supply arms to apartheid South Africa as they are so short of hard currency. It’s a perceptive look with attention to detail on how grim the GDR was. One mother who tries to escape is separated from her two young daughters who are brought up in a state orphanage.
The Sopranos rewrote the rules on soaps – one of its traits was often the punch/twist came in the middle of an episode, not the end as is usual, where there was – as often as not – a fade out.
This was adopted in Deutschland 86 but, confusingly for me, as I recorded the series and had no idea I had watched the last one.
I find one soap a week is enough. I left feeling rather unsatisfied but I do applaud the contributions of European broadcasters of modern drama starting with The Killing, then the French Spiral, the Italian Montalbani and now Deutschland 86.