The German Programme
The German Programme is an ITV and later Channel 4 schools TV series from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, covering German Language for secondary school pupils.
A parent series for all of ITV's (and for a time also Channel 4's) German language programmes in the 1980s and 90s.
The episodes are all presenter-led and, from the very beginning, divided into short segments designed for video recording and playing back as the viewing teacher wishes. Many of them are intended to support preparation and revision for secondary school exams.
Some of the early programmes break into English for a while to explain certain points, but the majority of the language heard is in German.
In the 1980s a lot of programmes were made to support a language course called Partner being devised by Thames Television and Longman publishers. The books and other support materials for this course were finally released around 1987, just as the television broadcasts of Partner programmes came to an end.
When The German Programme started in 1980, ITV had not attempted to support German language studies for over a decade, since the Midlands company ATV's Karl und Christa in 1967 which had been received relatively poorly. London company Thames re-entered the subject after the success of its late 1970s French language series French Studies, which was renamed The French Programme. The German Programme started heavily modelled on successful broadcasts from The French Programme.
The German Programme title ceased to be used at the turn of the 21st Century, by which point Channel 4 had taken over independent schools broadcasts and started to put out successful free-standing language programmes such as Top! and Extra without an umbrella series title above them.
The units of The German Programme were based in various towns of north Germany.
|1.||In der Stadt||3 Nov 1980|
|2.||Bei Bekannten||10 Nov 1980|
|3.||Einkaufen||17 Nov 1980|
|4.||Im Café||24 Nov 1980|
|5.||Auf dem Bahnhof||1 Dec 1980|
Five clearly structured programmes supporting pupils preparing for their German language exams, and especially the oral part of the exams.
|1.||Programme 1||28 Feb 1984|
|2.||Programme 2||6 Mar 1984|
|3.||Programme 3||13 Mar 1984|
|4.||Programme 4||20 Mar 1984|
|5.||Programme 5||27 Mar 1984|
A set of programmes for beginners studying German, mostly in the early years of secondary school, following a German family in their everyday life, with some explanations in English.
|1.||Programme 1||26 Feb 1985|
|2.||Programme 2||5 Mar 1985|
|3.||Programme 3||12 Mar 1985|
|4.||Programme 4||19 Mar 1985|
|5.||Programme 5||26 Mar 1985|
Five magazine-style programmes presented by young Germans in a studio in Germany with an audience of young Germans, with various features including documentary films, a dramatised section and studio-based games.
|1.||Das Essen||10 Feb 1986|
|2.||Das Reisen||24 Feb 1986|
|3.||Freizeit und Hobbies||3 Mar 1986|
|4.||Tiere||10 Mar 1986|
|5.||Einkaufen||17 Mar 1986|
A further five programmes presented by Brigitte and Lars (known as Dieter) in the Partnerklub studio linking a range of films, interviews and studio-based activities.
|1.||Reiten||2 Mar 1987|
|2.||Im Zirkus Auftreten||9 Mar 1987|
|3.||Theaterspielen||16 Mar 1987|
|4.||Windsurfen||23 Mar 1987|
|5.||Segelfliegen||30 Mar 1987|
A third and final unit of magazine programmes entrely in German with young presenters Brigitte and Dieter (Lars) linking together a mix of filmed segments and studio-based games, this time supporting viewers studying towards level 3 graded tests.
|1.||Personalien||31 Oct 1989|
|2.||Lernen||7 Nov 1989|
|3.||In der Stadt||14 Nov 1989|
|4.||Freizeit||21 Nov 1989|
|5.||Umwelt||28 Nov 1989|
A series of short items - 25 altogether across five episodes - each showing a different aspect of life in modern Germany.
|1.||Alles über uns||19 Jan 1995|
|2.||Meine Familie und mein Heim||26 Jan 1995|
|3.||Einkaufsparadies||2 Feb 1995|
|4.||Rund ums Essen||9 Feb 1995|
|5.||Wir feiren ein Fest!||16 Feb 1995|
|6.||Freizeit!||2 Mar 1995|
|7.||Sport! Sport! Sport!||9 Mar 1995|
|8.||Auf dem Bauernhof||16 Mar 1995|
|9.||Leben in der Großstadt||23 Mar 1995|
|10.||In der Schule||24 Mar 1995*|
A group of trendy German teenagers present various features entirely in German to inspire intermediate learners. They sing and dance and reenact their everyday lives in comic sketches.
|1.||Patricia in Berlin, Blind date, Oriental Hip-Hop||14 Jan 1999|
|2.||Wildschweine, Flaschengeist, Ostalgie||21 Jan 1999|
|3.||Boxen, strafe vermeiden, Schlager||28 Jan 1999|
|4.||Moorleichen, Verrückte spiele, Neue Volksmusik||4 Feb 1999|
|5.||Fusball, Pubertät, Popmusik||11 Feb 1999|
A collection of short, irreverent documentary sequences exposing unusual aspects of life in German-speaking countries. There is a mix of clips from German television programmes, pop music, comedy sketches including a look at the stages of puberty, a word or phrase of the week, and specially shot material including a weekly slot for comedian John Moloney to look at culture such as the German love of the TV series Baywatch or the significance of toilets.
|1980-81||Wie Sagt Man...?||Wie Sagt Man...?|
|1981-82||Wie Sagt Man...?|
|1982-83||Wie Sagt Man...?|
|1983-84||Partner Video Sequences|
|1984-85||Partner Video Sequences||Partner TV1|
|1985-86||Partner TV1||Partner TV2|
|1986-87||Partner TV1||Partner TV2||Partner TV3|
|1987-88||Partner TV1||Partner TV3|
|1988-89||Partner TV2||Partner TV3|
|1989-90||Partner TV3||Videothek GCSE|
|1998-99||Channel Hopping auf Deutsch|
|1999-2000||Channel Hopping auf Deutsch|
|2000-01||Channel Hopping auf Deutsch|
|2001-02||Channel Hopping auf Deutsch|
|1980-81||Autumn 1980||Monday, 10:40am||Friday, 10:15am||ITV|
|Summer 1981||Friday, 9:30am||ITV|
|1981-82||Spring 1982||Tuesday, 11:39am||Wednesday, 10:16am||ITV|
|1982-83||Spring 1983||Tuesday, 11:39am||Friday, 10:35am||ITV|
|1983-84||Spring 1984||Tuesday, 10:21am||Thursday, 11:39am||ITV|
|1984-85||Spring 1985||Tuesday, 10:37am||Friday, 10:26am||ITV|
|1985-86||Spring 1986||Monday, 10:45am||Tuesday, 10:25am||ITV|
|1986-87||Spring 1987||Monday, 10:45am||Friday, 10:50am||ITV|
|1987-88||Autumn 1987||Tuesday, 10:21am||Channel 4||not Grampian/Scottish regions|
|1988-89||Autumn 1988||Tuesday, 10:21am||Channel 4|
|1989-90||Autumn 1989||Tuesday, 10:21am||Channel 4|
|1990-91||Autumn 1990||Tuesday, 10:21am||Channel 4|
|1991-92||Spring 1992||Tuesday, 10:21am||Channel 4|
|1992-93||Autumn 1992||Wednesday, 9:30am||Channel 4|
|1993-94||Autumn 1993||Tuesday, 10:02am||Channel 4|
|1994-95||Spring 1995||Thursday, 11:40am||Channel 4||ep10 first shown overnight|
|1995-96||Spring 1996||Thursday, 11:40am||Channel 4|
|1996-97||Spring 1997||Thursday, 11:40am||Channel 4|
|1997-98||Spring 1998||Thursday, 11:10am||Channel 4|
|1998-99||Spring 1999||Thursday, 11:10am||Channel 4|
|1999-2000||Spring 2000||Thursday, 11:40am||Channel 4|
|2000-01||Autumn 2000||Tuesday, 4:00am+||Channel 4|
|2001-02||Spring 2002||Tuesday, 4:00am+||Channel 4|
More details of the resources are presented on the pages for each individual unit.
Notes for teachers, and sometimes for pupils too, were available for every term.
Across the years every single episode of The German Programme was released for schools to buy on video.
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