TV series, first broadcast 2010, ARD

Based on the idea of Annette Hess

Concept and script: Annette Hess, Friedemann Fromm

Director: Friedemann Fromm

Production: Marc Müller-Kaldenberg Regina Ziegler


2016: Adolf Grimme Prize in the category “Special/Fiction Season 3

2011: Nomination for the Adolf Grimme Prize

2011: Prize of the Frankfurter Autorenstiftung for Annette Hess

2011: German Television Award 2011 in the category “Best Series”




“Germany can do series” – this attribution we owe to a large extent to Annette Hess and her idea of Weissensee. The ARD television series has been very well received both in Germany and abroad. The author, who was represented by the agency from 2001-2019, has masterly  succeeded in telling a story of the intrigues between two important families in the GDR. Annette Hess manages to let the abysses of the human soul seem plausible and comprehensible, thus drawing a multi-layered picture of the individual characters.

Trailer (German):