Die Kinder

Die Kinder (The Children) is a six-part British television political thriller miniseries, written by Paula Milne and directed by Rob Walker, that first broadcast on BBC2 on 14 November 1990.[1] The series, which starred Miranda Richardson and Frederic Forrest, follows housewife Sidonie Reiger (Richardson) as she tries to rescue her children, who have been kidnapped by her ex-husband, a former radical activist. She enlists the help of private investigator Lomax (Forrest), as they find themselves caught between her husband's past associates and an international array of security service operatives.[2]

Die Kinder
Cover of the novelisation of the series by Gavin Richards
Written byPaula Milne
Directed byRob Walker
StarringMiranda Richardson
Frederic Forrest
Hans Kremer
Sam Cox
Derek Fowlds
Ulrich Pleitgen
Tommy Selby-Plewman
Composer(s)Richard Hartley
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6 (list of episodes)
Producer(s)Michael Wearing
CinematographyRoger Cann
Editor(s)Ardan Fisher
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)BBC Studios
Original networkBBC2
Picture format4:3
Audio formatStereo
Original release14 November (1990-11-14) 
19 December 1990 (1990-12-19)

The series co-starred Hans Kremer, Sam Cox and Derek Fowlds. The series aired in the United States as part of PBS' Mystery! strand of programming. The series has never been released on DVD.[3] A novelisation of the screenplay by author Gavin Richards was published on 25 October 1990, three weeks prior to broadcast.[4]



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Direct Action"Rob WalkerPaula Milne14 November 1990 (1990-11-14)
Germany takes shape in a changed Europe. A long way, it seems, from the London suburb where Sidonie and her two children live. Then her husband's past traps their children in a deadly network of intrigue and terror. Sidonie begins a lonely, dangerous journey into the unknown.[5]
2"Ghosts"Rob WalkerPaula Milne21 November 1990 (1990-11-21)
Sidonie's desperate search for her abducted children is of unusual interest to German Security. The dubious Lomax seems her last resort. But there are other calls for his services - to find the shadowy figure from Stefan's past, wanted terrorist Karin Muller.[6]
3"Hidden Agenda"Rob WalkerPaula Milne28 November 1990 (1990-11-28)
Ruth Muller’s death is thought to be a suicide, but Lomax doesn’t think so. Lomax goes back to the flat to investigate, and he’s taken by some heavies to meet Bellenberg. He is later told that Karin Muller is active again, which is why the security forces are suddenly so keen to find her.[7]
4"Catastrophe Theory"Rob WalkerPaula Milne5 December 1990 (1990-12-05)
'Find Karin Miiller or your children will die.' As Stefan responds to the RLF ultimatum in London, Sidonie and Lomax pursue the trail in Hamburg. But who does Lomax really work for?[8]
5"The Gathering Storm"Rob WalkerPaula Milne12 December 1990 (1990-12-12)
Gunther Beck is in London and Stefan and Sidonie act on new evidence connecting him to Karin Muller. With the economic conference imminent, Lomax goes to see a man about a plant, and begins to figure out the game plan.[9]
6"Revolution Recycled"Rob WalkerPaula Milne19 December 1990 (1990-12-19)
Sidonie and Lomax confront the enigmatic Karin Muller. Stefan faces up to Bellenberg, who seems to have Karin, Gunther Beck and the children in a trap. Can Lomax find a way out?[10]


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