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Cold war TV drama gets premiere, 37 years after Gdr censorship

23 June 2011 4:12 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Director unearths not only missing episode of East German police show but the story behind why politburo seized tapes

An episode of an East German police TV drama banned by the politburo during the cold war is to get its premiere 37 years on. The storyline in Polizeiruf 110 (Dial 110 for Police) about a murderous paedophile was censored in 1974 because the Gdr government feared it would lead to an uncomfortable debate about the death penalty.

The tapes were confiscated shortly before broadcast and assumed lost until they were found in the German Broadcasting Archive in Babelsberg, near Berlin, in 2009. The recovered footage had no sound, but, after the script also came to light, director Stefan Urlass recreated the dialogue with the help of actors from the long-running series, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Urlass has spent much of the past two years working on the reconstruction of the episode, »

- Helen Pidd

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