directed by
Christian Schwochow


based on an original idea by Lisa Blumenberg


Eugénie Anselin

Technical data

Year: 2018
Language: German
Country: Germany, Luxembourg
Duration: 6 x 52 min
Producers: Nicolas Steil - Iris Productions
Lisa Blumenberg - Letterbox Filmproduktion
Distribution: Federation Entertainment (Ventes Internationales)

Awards and festivals

ROMY - 2019 : ROMY in the "Best Book TV Fiction" category (Oliver Kienle)

GRIMME PRIZE - 2019 : Prize in the "Fiction" category with special mention for Oliver Kienle (chief author, assistant author team), Christian Schwochow (director), Lisa Blumenberg (producer), Paula Beer (performance of Jana Liekam) and Désirée Nosbusch (Performed by Christelle LeBlanc)

Deutscher Fernsehpreis - 2019 : Best TV Series and Best Director - Christian Schwochow

New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards - 2019 : World Gold Medal in the "Feature Films" category

Lëtzebuerger Filmpräis - 2018 : Best TV Production

Metropolis - 2018 : Best Director  (Christian Schwochow)

Bambi 2018 : Best National Actress (Paula Beer)

Deutsche Akademie für Fernsehen - 2018 :

Best Actor in a Leading Role for Barry Atsma
Best Supporting Actress for Désirée Nosbusch
Best Supporting Actor for Albrecht Schuch
Best Casting Director for Anja Dihrberg
Best Program Officers for ZDF & ARTE
Best Production Company for Lisa Blumenberg

Hessischer Film- und Kinopreis - 2018 : Special award for BAD BANKS and Lisa Blumenberg for outstanding individual achievement of a film project

Deutscher Regiepreis Metropolis - 2018 : Prize in the category "Best Director TV Series / Multi-Part" (Christian Schwochow)

Deutscher Schauspielpreis - 2018 : Prize in the category "Actor in a leading role" (Paula Beer and Barry Atsma)

Lëtzebuerger Filmpräis - 2018 : Prize in the category "TV and new media productions"

30. Bayerischer Fernsehpreis : Blue Panther for Best Director in the "TV Movies / Series and Series" category (Christian Schwochow)

5th Festival of German Films in New York : # KINO18 Audience Award

German Film Festival of New York - 2018 : Public Prize

GOLDENE KAMERA - 2019 : Nomination in the categories  "Best Series" and "Best Actress" (Paula Beer)

ROMY - 2019 : Nomination in the categories "Best TV Series", "Best TV Fiction Book" and for the KURIER-ROMY in the category "Most Popular Actress Series" (Paula Beer)

International Emmy Awards - 2019 : Nomination in the category "Best Drama Series"

Bambi - 2018: Nomination in the categories "Series of the year" and "Best national actress" (Paula Beer)

Berlin International Film Festival - 2018 : Drama Series Day

Luxembourg City Film Festival - 2018

Prix ​​Europa - 2018 : Nomination in the category "Best Series"

Shanghai International Film and Television Festival - 2018: Nomination in the category "Best Foreign Series"


After being wrongly fired from Crédit International, a prestigious investment bank in Luxembourg, Jana Liekam, a talented young investment banker, is offered a dream-job in Frankfurt under the supervision of prominent Gabriel Fenger, Head of Investment Banking at Deutsche Invest.

Suddenly, Jana not only had to give up her job, but also leave her boyfriend and his 5-year-old daughter behind. While Jana quickly manages to impress Fenger and his team with her passion and ambition, she realizes only too late that Christelle Leblanc, her former boss at Crédit International, has secretly been pulling the strings and manipulating Jana to her own advantage.

Soon, Jana finds herself torn between her new obligations and Leblanc's relentless blackmail...will she and her career survive this merciless power play?

Videos: BAD BANKS - International trailer  |  BAD BANKS - Teaser