Auf Deutsch

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started17th Sep 1962
ended17th Jun 1963
last rpt17th Jun 1964(locally)
2 school years
duration15 mins
age range4th & 5th FormsAge 13-16
languagedeIn German
ITV/C4 GermanNext series: Wir Waren VierHierarchyNext.gif

Auf Deutsch is a German-language ITV schools TV series from the 1960s, covering German Language for secondary school pupils.

A series of interviews with people from Germany about their life and work, with props from their life to discuss with the interviewer in a simple question and answer format.

The interviewer is well-known German television personality Carlheinz Hollmann, who alternates in the spring and summer terms with German journalist Renate Harpprecht.

In the autumn term all of the guests come from the town of Wedel Green-marker.png in north West Germany near Hamburg. A range of school children, young people and local professionals are interviewed, culminating with the town's mayor.

People from Wedel in the ATV studios

In the spring and summer terms the net is spread wider for people from other areas of West Germany to discuss their pastimes, including several from the nearby town of Lübeck Green-marker.png .

A customs officer interviewed by Renate Harpprecht in a spring term programme

The programmes were made at ATV's studios in England and all of the guests were invited over specially to make the programmes in the UK, rather than in their home environment[1].

The interviews aimed for natural language speaking and were not carefully controlled for comprehension of every word, rather viewers were expected to be able to understand the overall gist of the conversation from the context, rhythm, repetition and visual cues. In each episode some key vocabulary was highlighted in a 'close-up' section with deliberate speaking and visuals showing an important message.

This philosophy of natural language taking priority over detailed grammatical work was the speciality of the programme advisor, Mary Glasgow, who also published a successful range of educational books and magazines. The programmes were intended for students studying in the fourth and fifth forms at school towards their secondary school examinations, but were not linked directly to any exam syllabus.

After one year of national broadcasts, and another of repeats to schools in the Midlands, West of England and Wales only, the series was replaced by another new venture in German by television from ATV, in the form of a drama series called Wir Waren Vier.


The programmes were made in England, with guests from various places in West Germany.

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Episode List

Episodes were titled in German, and an 'official' English translation of the title was also provided in the TV Times magazine. Both are listed here.

# Title English title Broadcast
1. Unser Jugendheim Our Youth Centre #1962-09-17-00-00-0017 Sep 1962
2. Die deutsche Bundespost The German Postal Service #1962-09-24-00-00-0024 Sep 1962
3. Das Abitur winkt The Exam in Approaching #1962-10-01-00-00-001 Oct 1962
4. Der Kuchenkünstler The Artist in Cakes #1962-10-08-00-00-008 Oct 1962
5. Die Krankenschwester erzählt The Nurse's Tale #1962-10-15-00-00-0015 Oct 1962
6. Vorsichtig fahren! Drive Carefully! #1962-10-22-00-00-0022 Oct 1962
7. Ein Quartett aus der Schule A Quartet from School #1962-11-05-00-00-005 Nov 1962
8. Mahlzeit! Have a Good Meal! #1962-11-12-00-00-0012 Nov 1962
9. Der Adventskranz The Advent Wreath #1962-11-19-00-00-0019 Nov 1962
10. Der Bürgermeister Spricht The Mayor Speaks #1962-11-26-00-00-0026 Nov 1962
11. Zu Hause in Deutschland At Home in Germany #1963-01-14-00-00-0014 Jan 1963
12. Besuch aus dem Wald A Visitor from the Forest #1963-01-21-00-00-0021 Jan 1963
13. Ein Anzug aus Samt A Suit of Velvet #1963-01-28-00-00-0028 Jan 1963
14. Mit Rucksack und Wanderkarte With Rucksack and Walking Map #1963-02-04-00-00-004 Feb 1963
15. Marzipan ous Lübeck Marzipan from Lübeck #1963-02-11-00-00-0011 Feb 1963
16. Schmuggler und Grenzen Smugglers and Frontiers #1963-02-18-00-00-0018 Feb 1963
17. Aschenputtel kommt zu Besuch Cinderella Comes on a Visit #1963-03-04-00-00-004 Mar 1963
18. Das Rote Kreuz im Edelweis The Red Cross in the Edelweiss #1963-03-11-00-00-0011 Mar 1963
19. Jeden tag etwas Neues Something New Every Day #1963-03-18-00-00-0018 Mar 1963
20. Silber, Gold und Stahl Silver, Gold and Steel #1963-03-25-00-00-0025 Mar 1963
21. Der Mann im Trainingsanzug The Man in the Track Suit #1963-04-29-00-00-0029 Apr 1963
22. Allein auf de Lokomotive Alone on the Engine #1963-05-06-00-00-006 May 1963
23. Die Lübecker Knabenkantorei The Lübecker Boys' Choir #1963-05-13-00-00-0013 May 1963*
24. Fertig und nach Mass Ready-made and Made to Measure #1963-05-20-00-00-0020 May 1963
25. Sehr geehrter Herr Dear Sir #1963-06-10-00-00-0010 Jun 1963
26. Willkommen an Bord Welcome on Board #1963-06-17-00-00-0017 Jun 1963*

* - Die Lübecker Knabenkantorei was previewed as part of an Out of School programme on Monday 31 December 1962 at 15:01 on ITV

* - Willkommen an Bord was previewed as part of an Out of School programme on Thursday 18 April 1963 at 11:26 on ITV


Year Term Day Time Day Time Day Time Channel Details
1962-63 Autumn 1962, Spring & Summer 1963 Mon 14:35 Tue 12:20 Wed 15:26 ITV Mon shown nationally
Tue in ATV & TWW regions only
Wed in ATV region only
1963-64 Autumn 1963, Spring & Summer 1964 Tue 15:28 Wed 13:30 ITV Tue in ATV region only
Wed in ATV & TWW regions only (including former WWN region from spring)


Presenters Carlheinz Hollmann

Renate Harpprecht

Autumn term guests Gönna Vogler, Volker Vogler, Hartmut Laufer (episode 1)
Karl-Heinz Hockendorff (episode 2)

Gisela Heesch, Detlev Schult, Wolfram Giffel (episodes 3 & 7)
Franz Kock (episode 4)
Annemarie Seger, Silke Prüssmann (episode 5)
Hans Joachim Schmidt (episode 6)
Helmut Förster (episode 7)
Christian Güldensoph (episode 8)
Inge Matuschkat (episode 9)
Heinrich Gau (episode 10)

Spring term guests Gerti Daub (episode 11)
Walter Arnold (episode 12)
Herbert Voss (episode 13)
Karl Heinrich Russmann (episode 14)
Jutta Eggers (episode 15)
Arnold Rosenberg (episode 16)
Barbara Lankau (episode 17)
Karl Höfler (episode 18)
Cecilia von Stadnitz (episode 19)
Harmute Liesiamn (episode 20)
Summer term guests Jürgen Rieck (episode 21)
Wilhelm Obele (episode 22)
Rudolf Höppner, Gert Müller (episode 23)
Eva Mestermann (episode 24)
Thomas Grau (episode 25)
Alfred Pitzka, Renate Lehmitz (episode 26)
Education liaison officer William Hemingway
Dialogue assistant Marianne Calmann
Rosemary Davidson
Programme adviser Mary Glasgow
Director Pembroke Duttson
Producer Donald Carter


Teacher's Notes

There were teacher's notes available for each term.


Sources & References

  • ATV (1962) School Broadcasts Programme Outlines school year 1962/3. Birmingham: Associated Television Limited. p.8
  • Birmingham Post television listings, 1962-64.
  • Cline, Sally (1962) 'First ITV School Lesson for under-10s' in TV Times (Northern Edition) no 359, 14 Sep 1962. pp.8-9
  • Liverpool Daily Post television listings, 1962-64.
  • The Times television listings, 1962-64.
  • TV Times television listings, 1962-64.

With thanks to Roddy Buxton, Ben Rigsby and Trevor Wells

  1. ATV (1962) makes clear that the programmes were recorded in England, not Germany: "A number of people have been invited to come to England from Wedel and will talk about their homes, their life, their work and their play."


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