The German Programme: Channel Hopping auf Deutsch

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companyRapido TV
started14th Jan 1999
ended11th Feb 1999
last rpt15th Jan 2002
4 school years
duration20 mins
age rangeAge 14-19Age 13-16 & Age 16-19
languagedeIn German

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Channel Hopping auf Deutsch is a unit of the ITV Schools series The German Programme from the 1990s & 2000s, covering German language for secondary school and further education pupils.

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.

Each episode ends with a musical performance including the acts Tocotronic, Superkind, Gute Zeiten, Sabrina Setlur and the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest entrant Guildo Horn.

The programmes were inspired by the successful Channel Hopping French-language programmes produced by Rapido TV for Channel 4, and traded on the youth popularity of the production company's similar late-night Channel 4 series Eurotrash.

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. Patricia in Berlin, Blind date, Oriental Hip-Hop #1999-01-14-00-00-0014 Jan 1999
2. Wildschweine, Flaschengeist, Ostalgie #1999-01-21-00-00-0021 Jan 1999
3. Boxen, strafe vermeiden, Schlager #1999-01-28-00-00-0028 Jan 1999
4. Moorleichen, Verrückte spiele, Neue Volksmusik #1999-02-04-00-00-004 Feb 1999
5. Fusball, Pubertät, Popmusik #1999-02-11-00-00-0011 Feb 1999


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
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 17th October
2001-02 Spring 2002 Tuesday, 4:00am+ Channel 4 15th January


Presenters Patricia Pantel
John Moloney
Language adviser Hans-Joachim Fuhrig
Executive producer Peter Stuart
Series producer Ian Russell
Producer Cosima Dannoritzer


Study Guide

A booklet of activities and transcripts of each programme was available for £4.95.


The 5 episodes were released on video for £19.99.


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