One of my favorite bits of Netflix Tudum 2023 – and one of the coolest new TV shows announcements from the event – was the trailer for Berlin, the second spin-off from the superbly stylish and enjoyably silly crime thriller Money Heist. But the title's a little misleading because the city isn't where the heist is going to happen – Berlin is the person who's going to make it happen.
Berlin (aka Andrés de Fonollosa), played by the wonderful Pedro Alonso, was a key character way back in season one of the original Money Heist and continued to be in Money Heist season 5, making him one of the most popular characters for viewers.
An anti-hero rather than a hero, the terminally ill robber, jewel thief and safe cracker is Europe's greatest thief – and in the show that takes his name, he's about to embark on the most audacious heist yet.
What is Berlin about and when can I watch it?
There's a slight problem (and a huge spoiler if you aren't up to speed with Money Heist yet) about making a show around Berlin: he's dead. Not to be deterred, Netflix is going back in time to show Berlin before the iconic job in Money Heist. This is a move that takes away a little bit of the tension – we know at least one character is going to make it to the end – but that enables cast, writers and crew to have some fun with a character who proved to be much more popular than the writers of Money Heist had anticipated.
The heist this time around is to steal €44 million from one of the top auction houses in Paris, and of course that means assembling a squad of highly skilled and highly dangerous individuals. That squad includes Michelle Jenner, Begoña Vargas and Tristán Ulloa alongside Yuri D. Brown, Marcel Gonzalez, Miko Jarry, Julien Paschai, Joel Sánchez and Julio Peña.
There will be eight episodes of Berlin, and you'll be able to watch them in December. And after that? Expect more spin-offs based on other characters from the show. As show creator Álex Pina told Oprah Daily: "We do have many possibilities for some spinoffs... we’ve always looked for characters to have a very complex, layered design. So I think almost every character of Money Heist has a duality that we would like to see in a spinoff. We could watch any of them in other contexts."
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Writer, broadcaster, musician and kitchen gadget obsessive Carrie Marshall (Twitter) has been writing about tech since 1998, contributing sage advice and odd opinions to all kinds of magazines and websites as well as writing more than a dozen books. Her memoir, Carrie Kills A Man, is on sale now. She is the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR.