Tunnel 29 [Tunnel 29] [World Service]

Episodes

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01The escape2020022220200223 (WS)

“I didn’t want to be a part of this new world. ? Joachim is on holiday in East Germany when he hears Berlin is to be divided. The wall is built and the escapes begin. Joachim has to decide whether he'll be among them.

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. It’s also the story of the Stasi spy who betrays the tunnel, the American TV network which funds it and the love that develops between refugees who find freedom together.

The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.

Helena Merriman tells the true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

The extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

01The escape2020022220200223 (WS)

“I didn’t want to be a part of this new world.” Joachim is on holiday in East Germany when he hears Berlin is to be divided. The wall is built and the escapes begin. Joachim has to decide whether he'll be among them.

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. It’s also the story of the Stasi spy who betrays the tunnel, the American TV network which funds it and the love that develops between refugees who find freedom together.

The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.

Helena Merriman tells the true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

The extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

01The Escape2020022220200223 (WS)

“I didn’t want to be a part of this new world.” Joachim is on holiday in East Germany when he hears Berlin is to be divided. The wall is built and the escapes begin. Joachim has to decide whether he'll be among them.

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. It’s also the story of the Stasi spy who betrays the tunnel, the American TV network which funds it and the love that develops between refugees who find freedom together.

The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.

Helena Merriman tells the true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

The extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

Episode One: The Escape
“I didn’t want to be a part of this new world.” Joachim is on holiday in East Germany when he hears Berlin is to be divided. The wall is built and the escapes begin. Joachim has to decide whether he'll be among them.

02The spy20200229
02The Spy2020022920200301 (WS)

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. It’s also the story of the Stasi spy who betrays the tunnel, the American TV network which funds it and the love that develops between refugees who find freedom together.
The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.

Helena Merriman tells the true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

The extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

03The deal2020030720200308 (WS)

“We have a tunnel. ? The diggers are on the hunt for money, and make an unlikely alliance.

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. It’s also the story of the Stasi spy who betrays the tunnel, the American TV network which funds it and the love that develops between refugees who find freedom together.
The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.

\u201cWe have a tunnel.\u201d The diggers are on the hunt for money, and make an unlikely alliance

The extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

03The Deal2020030720200308 (WS)

“We have a tunnel.” The diggers are on the hunt for money, and make an unlikely alliance.

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. It’s also the story of the Stasi spy who betrays the tunnel, the American TV network which funds it and the love that develops between refugees who find freedom together.
The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.

\u201cWe have a tunnel.\u201d The diggers are on the hunt for money, and make an unlikely alliance

The extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

Episode Three: The Deal
“We have a tunnel.” The diggers are on the hunt for money and make an unlikely alliance.

Helena Merriman tells the true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

03The deal2020030720200308 (WS)

“We have a tunnel.” The diggers are on the hunt for money, and make an unlikely alliance.

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. It’s also the story of the Stasi spy who betrays the tunnel, the American TV network which funds it and the love that develops between refugees who find freedom together.
The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.

\u201cWe have a tunnel.\u201d The diggers are on the hunt for money, and make an unlikely alliance

The extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

Helena Merriman tells the true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

042020031420200315 (WS)

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. It’s also the story of the Stasi spy who betrays the tunnel, the American TV network which funds it and the love that develops between refugees who find freedom together.
The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.

Episode Four: The Death Strip
“If we could hear them, they could hear us. ? The diggers reach the terrifying death strip.

Helena Merriman tells the true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

The extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

Episode Four: The Death Strip
“If we could hear them, they could hear us.” The diggers reach the terrifying death strip.

052020032120200322 (WS)

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. It’s also the story of the Stasi spy who betrays the tunnel, the American TV network which funds it and the love that develops between refugees who find freedom together.
The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.

Episode Five: The Trap
“We had no chance to be together. ? The diggers hatch a new plan, unaware the Stasi are onto them.

Helena Merriman tells the true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

The extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

Episode Five: The Trap
“We had no chance to be together.” The diggers hatch a new plan, unaware the Stasi are onto them.

062020032820200329 (WS)

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. It’s also the story of the Stasi spy who betrays the tunnel, the American TV network which funds it and the love that develops between refugees who find freedom together.
The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.

Episode 6: The Gun
“And then my interrogation began. ? The escape operation unravels.

Helena Merriman tells the true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

The extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

Episode 6: The Gun
“And then my interrogation began.” The escape operation unravels.

07The Interrogation2020040420200405 (WS)

Helena Merriman tells the true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

The extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. It’s also the story of the Stasi spy who betrays the tunnel, the American TV network which funds it and the love that develops between refugees who find freedom together.
The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.

Episode 7: The Interrogation
“That’s the first time I saw her again.” Wolfdieter's show trial begins.

08The Messenger2020041120200412 (WS)

Helena Merriman tells the true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

The extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. It’s also the story of the Stasi spy who betrays the tunnel, the American TV network which funds it and the love that develops between refugees who find freedom together.
The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.

Episode Eight: The Messenger
I said "ok, I'll do it”. Ellen, Mimmo's girlfriend, agrees to play a dangerous role.

092020041820200419 (WS)

Helena Merriman tells the true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

The extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

092020041820200419 (WS)

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. It’s also the story of the Stasi spy who betrays the tunnel, the American TV network which funds it and the love that develops between refugees who find freedom together.
The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.

Episode Nine: The Signal
“If you don’t have a coffee, then bring me a cognac. ? Ellen's plan is derailed.

Helena Merriman tells the true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

The extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

Episode Nine: The Signal
“If you don’t have a coffee, then bring me a cognac.” Ellen's plan is derailed.

102020042520200426 (WS)

Helena Merriman tells the true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

The extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

102020042520200426 (WS)

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Helena Merriman tells the extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel into the East, right under the feet of border guards, to help friends, family and strangers escape. It’s also the story of the Stasi spy who betrays the tunnel, the American TV network which funds it and the love that develops between refugees who find freedom together.
The series is based on original interviews with the survivors as well as thousands of documents from the Stasi archives and recordings from the tunnel.

Episode 10: The Shoes
“I started dancing with Eveline. ? A final twist in the final chapter.

Helena Merriman tells the true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

The extraordinary true story of a man who dug a tunnel under the Berlin Wall

Episode 10: The Shoes
“I started dancing with Eveline.” A final twist in the final chapter.