The German Programme: Partner TV3

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started2nd Mar 1987
ended30th Mar 1987
last rpt24th Oct 1989
4 school years
duration20 mins
age rangeAge 13-15Age 13-16
languagedeIn German
German Programme Partner title.jpg

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Partner TV3 is a unit of the ITV Schools series The German Programme from the 1980s, covering German language for Secondary pupils.

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.

Brigitte (pictured in Partner TV2)

Regular features again include an Informationsecken with short documentary films about life in Germany, mostly abound the town of Wuppertal Violet-marker.png where it was filmed, an interview segment called Schnickschnack and games played in the studio which could be followed up in the classroom.

The final part of each episode is another dramatised sequence with schoolboys Klaus and Uli in a comic serial Sommerferien about their summer holidays.

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. Reiten #1987-03-02-00-00-002 Mar 1987
2. Im Zirkus Auftreten #1987-03-09-00-00-009 Mar 1987
3. Theaterspielen #1987-03-16-00-00-0016 Mar 1987
4. Windsurfen #1987-03-23-00-00-0023 Mar 1987
5. Segelfliegen #1987-03-30-00-00-0030 Mar 1987


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
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


Presenter Brigitte Zeitz
Lars Emrich
Writer Terry Hawkin
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' and sold as a pack. The teacher's version contained transcrips and worksheets, while the pupils' book contained background material, activities and illustrations.

In the first year of transmission before the 'video books' were ready teachers could instead buy a temporary transcript of the programmes for £1.75.


Thames TV released the unit on video around 1990, costing £40 plus VAT and postage.

Language course

The course books to accompany the Partner language course, conceived by Thames TV and the publisher Longman and which all of the Partner TV units were designed to complement, was finally released around 1988, in the year after this unit was first shown.


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