The German Collection
The German Collection is a German-language BBC schools TV series from the 1990s and 2000s, covering German Language for further education students.
A series of short features extracted from German TV programmes, to support A level students in presenting authentic and up-to-date German speech.
The series is a re-branded continuation of the earlier A Level German, in fact the first broadcasts billed as The German Programme in summer 1993 were simply a repeat of the five 20-minute episodes of A Level German which had been broadcast since the late 1980s, including two programmes called Fünf Wochen Im Herbst about Berlin around the fall of the wall.
In summer 1994 three new 25-minute episodes were introduced with The German Collection branding, containing short clips from German TV including documentaries on young people and current social issues, and features such as a hidden camera stunt. Each episode concludes with a music video from a pop group.
The series followed the re-branding of all of the BBC's Advanced Level Studies and A Level TV programmes into Collections, such as The Statistics Collection, The Science Collection and The French Collection.
From 1996 the series was broadcast overnight as part of 'Night School TV' and the 'Learning Zone', with the two Berlin Wall episodes and three clips episodes making up a 1 hour 50 minute presentation. The final 10 minues of the 2 hour slot were taken up with a compilation of songs from the secondary schools series Hallo aus Berlin.
|-||It's a Man's World||28 Apr 1993|
|-||Umwelt - Schütz oder Schmutz||5 May 1993|
|-||Gabriele Stiegler||12 May 1993|
|-||Fünf Wochen Im Herbst, Teil 1||19 May 1993|
|-||Fünf Wochen Im Herbst, Teil 2||26 May 1993|
|1.||Leute Von Heute||8 Mar 1994|
|2.||Alltag||15 Mar 1994|
|3.||Brennpunkte||22 Mar 1994|
The summer 1993 broadcasts were repeats of all five prevailing episodes of A Level German, listed above with the dates that they were first shown as part of The German Collection.
The two Fünf Wochen Im Herbst episodes continued to be shown as episodes 1 & 2 in all subsequent broadcasts of The German Collection, with updated opening titles, making the three new episodes listed above actually episodes 3, 4 & 5 in typical broadcast order.
|1992-93||Summer 1993||Wednesday, 11:15am||BBC2||A Level German repeats|
|1993-94||Spring 1994||Tuesday, 11:40am||Thursday, 9:00am||BBC2|
|1994-95||Spring 1995||Wednesday, 1:00pm||BBC2|
|1995-96||Summer 1996||Thursday, 2:00am+||BBC2||18 Apr|
|1997-98||Summer 1998||Thursday, 2:00am||BBC2||11 Jun|
|1998-99||Spring 1999||Thursday, 2:00am||BBC2||28 Jan|
|2001-02||Autumn 2001||Sunday, 3:00am+||BBC2||11 Nov|
|Consultant||Yolanda Schwager, Goethe-Institute London|
|Offline editor||Peter Harris|
|Online editor||Simon Coldrick|
|Production assistant||Kirsty Todd|
|Assistant producer||Jennifer Davies|
|Series producer||Len Brown|
The series was accompanied by a teacher's pack published by the BBC, containing notes, transcripts and photocopiable worksheets for £9.99.
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