This week, the strange and rather wonderful story of how the BBC tried (and failed, pretty badly) to create a European soap opera back in the 1990s. Former ‘Eldorado’ star Kai Maurer reflects on how his unlikely role playing a German beach bum kicked off his acting career and how the show was ahead of its time.
Plus: a landmark Spanish court ruling and the ugly realities of European consensus politics. Read the article that sparked Katy’s El Dorado obsession here.
Should we launch a campaign to get the BBC to bring it back?
Dominic’s singing in Berlin, Katy’s painting in Paris, and a forest is quietly growing just outside Oslo. Our guest this week is Anne Beate Hovind, project manager of a strange and wonderful project in Norway involving books, trees and the passage of time. Also on the menu, Florence is taking things OFF the street food menu and Poland is harnessing the power of the howling wind. Plus, a glimmer of hope after some dark days in Chemnitz.
As you’ll see in this week’s episode, we’re warming to two themes this season: urine, and the far-right.
Timo Lochocki, an expert on populism in Europe, is on the line from Berlin to talk about why we SHOULDN’T talk about Steve Bannon’s new venture on this side of the Atlantic. On a brighter note, Adrian Murphy’s here to talk about Europeana, a lovely EU culture project that is currently collecting personal stories about migrating around the continent.
Also: good times for cash-strapped Berlin parents, bad times for Shakespearean amateur voiceover artists, and a disaster averted in Katy’s hometown.
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