The German Programme: Partner Video Sequences

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started28th Feb 1984
ended27th Mar 1984
last rpt22nd Feb 1985
2 school years
duration20 mins
age rangeAge 11-12Age 11-13
languagede/enIn German & In English
German Programme Partner title.jpg

ITV/C4 GermanHierarchyPrevious.gifPrevious unit: Wie Sagt Man...?Next unit: Partner TV1HierarchyNext.gif

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

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.

The unit follows the Brandt family living in Celle Violet-marker.png as they live at home, the children go to school, and then they all go on holiday to Goldegg in Austria Violet-marker.png .

These were the first programmes produced for Thames TV's planned partnership with the publisher Longman on a German language course to be called Partner. Three further units of Partner programmes followed later in the 1980s.

Episode List

# Title Broadcast
1. Programme 1 #1984-02-28-00-00-0028 Feb 1984
2. Programme 2 #1984-03-06-00-00-006 Mar 1984
3. Programme 3 #1984-03-13-00-00-0013 Mar 1984
4. Programme 4 #1984-03-20-00-00-0020 Mar 1984
5. Programme 5 #1984-03-27-00-00-0027 Mar 1984


Year Term Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Channel Details
1983-84 Spring 1984 Tuesday, 10:21am Thursday, 11:39am ITV
1984-85 Spring 1985 Tuesday, 10:37am Friday, 10:26am ITV


If you can add any more details about this unit including the credits please get in touch by email.

Education Officer Mary Law
Director & Producer Tony Davenall


Teacher's Notes

Teacher's notes including transcripts of the German sequences in the programmes were available for £1.50. In order to include accurate transcriptions of the finished programmes the notes were not sent to schools until just before the first broadcasts in spring 1984.


Thames Television International released the unit on VHS video around 1986, priced £25 plus VAT according to an advert in the Times Educational Supplement of 31/10/1986, p.34.


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