The German Programme: Partner TV1

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started26th Feb 1985
ended26th Mar 1985
last rpt13th Oct 1987
4 school years
duration20 mins
age rangeAge 11-13
languagedeIn German
German Programme Partner title.jpg

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Partner TV1 is a unit of the ITV Schools series The German Programme from the 1980s, covering German language for Secondary pupils.

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.

The unit is designed to be an entertaining mix of segments with a relatively challenging vocabulary to promote general compehension, with the presenters Brigitte and Lars - known as Dieter - linking everything together and referring to their programme as the Partnerklub in which studio participants and viewers could be involved. The programmes are based in the German town of Wuppertal Violet-marker.png and were recorded in 1984.

The unit includes selected extracts from actual German TV programmes such as pop music performances, documentary films about life in Germany and an interview segment known as Schnickschnack.

At the end of each episode is a dramatised story called Briefpartner (penpals) in which a German schoolboy called Klaus Shäfer recounts his everyday activities to a correspondent. Klaus's adventures would be expanded in future units Partner TV2 and Partner TV3.

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. Programme 1 #1985-02-26-00-00-0026 Feb 1985
2. Programme 2 #1985-03-05-00-00-005 Mar 1985
3. Programme 3 #1985-03-12-00-00-0012 Mar 1985
4. Programme 4 #1985-03-19-00-00-0019 Mar 1985
5. Programme 5 #1985-03-26-00-00-0026 Mar 1985


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
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 ITV also Fri 10:50
1987-88 Autumn 1987 Tuesday, 10:21am Channel 4 not Grampian/Scottish regions


Presenters Brigitte Zeitz
Lars Emrich
Series adviser Jack Lonergan
Director Bob Service
Producer Mary Law


Video Book

Booklet of notes on the programmes, one for teachers and another for pupils, were both branded as 'video books'.


Thames Television International released two separate VHS videos from this unit around 1986.

One was an edited version of the programmes themselves (I would speculate removing the copyrighted programme extracts from German TV, but I'm not sure), and the other a compilation of the Briefpartner sequences. Both videos were sold for £25 plus VAT according to an advert in the Times Educational Supplement of 31/10/1986, p.34.

By 1990 the Partner TV1 video was available for £40 plus VAT, and the Briefpartner video was no longer advertised.

Language course

The Longman/Thames Partner language course, conceived since the early 1980s, was finally published around 1988, designed to include separate pupils' and teachers' books, audio cassettes and worksheets.


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