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Shadowplay (TV Series)

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GenreHistorical Thriller[1]
Written byMåns Mårlind
Directed byBjörn Stein Måns Mårlind
Music byNathaniel Méchaly[2]
Original language(s)English /German / Russian
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producer(s)
  • Jonas Bauer
  • Rola Bauer
  • David Davoli
  • Aaron L. Gilbert
  • Jim Gillespie
  • Tim Halkin
  • Adrian Kelly
  • Måns Mårlind
  • Steven Thibault
Production location(s)Prague, Czech Republic
  • Sven Budelmann ... (5 episodes, 2020)
  • Björn Stein ... (4 episodes, 2020)
  • Tony Kearns ... (1 episode, 2020)
  • Sidney Wolinsky ... (1 episode, 2020)
Production company(s)
  • Tandem Productions
  • BRON Studios
  • Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
  • StudioCanal (2020, All Media, World-Wide)
  • Netflix (2021)
First shown in2020 (premiere) - CANNESERIES - Festival International des Séries de Cannes[3]

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Shadowplay or The Defeated, as it is also known in its USA/Canadian title[4], is a 2020 TV series written by Måns Mårlind and directed him and by Björn Stein. The series is set in 1946, in a post-World War II broken Berlin, as crime thiller[5], during a period of time that saw the city of Berlin occupied by four different military forces (American, British, Russian and French) and devided into sectors. [6]

As people are trying to get by and reconstruct the city, the Berlin Police, working on the American sector, is trying to tackle the serious problems that come the situation, like the brutally and high rape cases inflicted on German women from men belonging to the foreign troups. One police oficer from New York city comes to Berlin to help this Belin police team get organized, while he searches for his own brother; missing since fighting in the war.[7]

The show was actually filmes in Prague in Czech Republic.[8]


  • Taylor Kitsch as Max McLaughlin
  • Michael C. Hall as Tom Franklin
  • Logan Marshall-Green as Moritz McLaughlin
  • Nina Hoss as Elsie Garten
  • Tuppence Middleton as Claire Franklin
  • Maximilian Ehrenreich as Gad
  • Sebastian Koch as Dr. Werner 'Engelmacher' Gladow
  • Mala Emde as Karin Mann
  • Anne Ratte-Polle as Marianne

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  1. Power, Ed (18 August 2021). "The Defeated, review: A grimly gripping thriller set in the ruins of post-war Berlin". The Telegraph.
  2. https://nathanielmechaly.com/cinema/shadowplay
  3. "CANNESERIES | Cannes International Series Festival".
  4. "Also Known As (AKA)". 2020.
  5. Power, Ed (August 2021). "The Defeated, review: a grimly gripping thriller set in the ruins of post-war Berlin". The Telegraph.
  6. {{Cite web|url=https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/a-divided-city-the-big-three-fall-out-in-post-war-berlin |title= A divided city: the Big Three fall out in post-war Berlin|via=spectator.co.uk}
  7. https://nathanielmechaly.com/cinema/shadowplay
  8. "The Defeated (TV Series 2020– ) - IMDb".

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