BBC correspondent Matt Frei presents this three-part series that charts the history, architecture and people that have come to define Berlin through the centuries. From its humble beginnings during the seventeenth century, Berlin evolved over its turbulent history into a crossroads for political thought, and eventually found itself at the very heart of European philosophy, art and culture.
Matt Frei is the BBC’s Washington correspondent. Born in Germany, he was sent by the BBC to Berlin in 1989 to report on the fall of the Wall. Now, 20 years later, he returns to take us on a fascinating journey through Berlin’s history to reveal the true spirit of the city.
Over three hour-long documentaries he explains this incredible city’s ideas, buildings and people. DANGEROUS IDEAS explores how Berlin has been a crucible for radical thought – giving birth to communism and fascism, theories of sex and sexuality, eugenics and the atomic bomb – and how the price of such experimentation has been a history of bloodshed, tyranny and violence.
RUINED VISIONS tells a story of human creativity and destruction through the buildings of Berlin. From Friedrich the Second’s imperial city and Bauhaus to the impact of Speers’ Neo-classical Nazi dream and the Wall; what began as a 17th century provincial town became a city unique in the world.
ICH BIN EIN BERLINER reveals the spirit of Berlin’s people, characterised by their struggle for freedom. Having flocked to enjoy the city’s religious toleration, they took on the Nazis and risked their lives to cross the Wall – the iron rod of oppression and a thirst for liberty have shaped the Berliner.
Awesome documentary. The best around by far. Its not just a history programme.Published 3 months ago by Mr. R. J. Atterton
Really interesting and engaging view on Berlin, great to fill me in on the city before my trip there.Published 4 months ago by EILEANBAN
Brilliantly written and presented. I liked this so much that by the end I wanted more. Matt Frei is astoundingly knowledgeable and talented. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Matt Frei is a great journalist - a REAL journalist. Bring that together with well-tried and tested presentation skills via the BBC and you know this is going to be a Grade A look... Read morePublished 5 months ago by MathGuy
I like Matt Frei and I like his reporting style. C4 news et al. I think the BBC could have given him a four DVD series instead of just one. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael Mcclean
I liked the style of Matt's film and he covered the recent past in an interesting way. I think he could have told the story in a longer version and with more personal stories and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brad