Voted Best Couple of the Decade in a TV Drama-Christian and Oliver
My interest in soap opera with controversial themes started after I watched the Philippines TV drama, My Husband's Lover(MHL). A Facebook friend suggested that if I like drama in the same genre as MHL I should looked into the German drama titled Verbotene Liebe( Christian and Oliver). To my surprise this drama(Forbidden Love) had been in TV for quite sometime, but I have no idea of its popularity with millions of viewers in Europe and in the US. Luckily old episodes are available in the Internet and I am starting to view old episodes and enjoying it. The topics portrayed in this drama are indeed ground breaking exploring issues that is of interest not only to the LGBT community but to all lovers of soap operas all over the world. Like most popular TV dramas, the series is about Money, Sex and Power. For the summary of this drama series read the Wikipedia.
An Excerpt from the Award winning German TV drama, Verbotene Liebe, translated as Forbidden Love
The series has become well known for its groundbreaking treatment of LGBT characters, presenting bisexuality and homosexuality as normal, and homosexual and bisexual relationships as equal to heterosexual relationships on the show. For this reason, it has become popular with gay and lesbian audiences in Europe and the United States. Ever on the cutting edge, the series is not afraid to tackle controversial issues such as drug addiction and abuse, murder, rape, suicide, adultery, incest, homophobia, alcoholism, HIV, schizophrenia, miscarriage, kidnapping, and sexual confusion.
In 2005, Verbotene Liebe (Forbidden Love) received the prestigious Rose d'Or award for "Best Soap," and in 2010 was nominated for the category of "Best Soap or Telenovela." More recently, the show was nominated for eight German Soap Awards in 2011, winning three. The show is filmed at the Cologne-Ossendorf studios of the Magic Media Company, with outdoor scenes and exterior shots regularly shot in and around Cologne and Düsseldorf. In January 2011,the series began filming in high definition.
Old episodes of this drama is in the Internet. Happy Viewing and let me know if you like this drama and if this is also your first time.