In the Eighties, a large British television audience tuned into two German-made mini-series: Das Boot, which followed the misfortunes of a U-boat and its doomed crew, and Heimat, a saga concentrating on a German village from the end of the First World War to the 1980s.
More recently, viewers of Coronation Street were treated to the spectacle of old soldier Percy Sugden overcoming his hostility to the Germans when one of his former Wehrmacht adversaries turned up at the time of the El Alamein anniversary.
Mr Malik also claims to have spotted an anti-German chauvinism running through the D-Day commemorations. Would it not have been appropriate to say a word in favour of British broadcasters, who have made sure that the Germans themselves are being seen and heard at this time?
Senior Lecturer in German
University of Bath
Claverton Down, AvonReuse content