Alles Klar

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started10th May 1982
ended14th Jun 1982
last rpt3rd Jun 1985
4 school years
duration15 mins
age rangeSecondaryAge 11-13 & Age 13-16
languagede/enIn German & In English

BBC TV GermanHierarchyPrevious.gifPrevious series: Treffpunkt: Deutschland Next series: Unter Uns... HierarchyNext.gif

Alles Klar is a German-language BBC schools TV series from the 1980s, covering German Language for secondary school pupils.

A series for beginners in their first or second year of studying German, covering the basic vocabulary and techniques for conversation in the language such talking about your family and asking for things.

The programmes are introduced in English by Max Mason who explains what is going on. There is film of German teenagers carrying out their day to day lives and saying basic, structured phrases to the camera. Key words and phrases appear on screen to be read.

A singular feature of the series is that the vocabulary is further illustrated through short, sometimes comic, role-playing sketches performed by a pair of male and female actors. Max Mason even occasionally interacts with the sketch players to point out something they are doing.

Each episode is made up of several short sequences on particular topics, each introduced by a brief Alles Klar title sequence, so that teachers could record and play back the material they wanted. The BBC referred to this format as "'mini-programmes' for video recording."

The film of German teenagers, without any of the presenter or sketch material, was re-edited into the series Unter Uns... a few years later.

Both series were later replaced by another presenter-led German series, Mach's Gut!

Titles & Theme Music

Colourful lines and curves making up the words 'Alles Klar' appear one by one, and glow as they form the complete phrase.

The title music is an extract from a track called Light (3) by Barry Morgan from the KPM library music album Bass Guitar and Percussion Volume 1.

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Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. Talking About Yourself; Feeling Ill; Saying You're Sorry #1982-05-10-00-00-0010 May 1982
2. Asking Permission; Asking the Way; Tickets and Travel #1982-05-17-00-00-0017 May 1982
3. Wanting and Asking; Dealing with Money; Needing Things #1982-05-24-00-00-0024 May 1982
4. Making Requests; Quantities and Sizes; Asking the Time #1982-06-07-00-00-007 Jun 1982
5. Having to Do Things; Likes and Dislikes; Comparing and Preferring #1982-06-14-00-00-0014 Jun 1982


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1981-82 Summer 1982 Monday, 11:42am Tuesday, 9:35am BBC1
1982-83 Autumn 1982 Tuesday, 9:30am BBC1
Spring 1983 Thursday, 9:10am BBC1
1983-84 Autumn 1983 Thursday, 9:33am BBC2
1984-85 Summer 1985 Monday, 11:23am BBC2 Ep2 on Tuesday due to bank holiday Monday


Introduced by Max Mason
With Gina Kalla

Lutz Liebelt

And pupils of the Hittorf Gymnasium, Münster
Consultant John Lockyer
Film cameraman Godfrey Johnson
Film sound recordist John Tellick
Film editor John Billingham
Designer Colin Green
Graphic designer Sue Rae
Series producer John Prescott Thomas
Produced and directed by Susan Paton


Teacher's Notes

There were several resources published to accompany the series, but none of them by the BBC directly.

A booklet of teacher's notes was available from the Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research (CILT), in common with many other BBC TV language series of the time. They originally cost 95p although the cost increased significantly in later years - by 1984 they cost £1.70 including postage.


An Alles Klar pupils' book by John Prescott Thomas was published by Longman. Buy from Amazon

Longman also published a pack of worksheets as spirit duplicating masters and an audio cassette to accompany the series.


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