Es muss nicht immer Kaviar sein (TV series)
|Es muss nicht immer Kaviar sein|
|Created by||Johannes Mario Simmel (novel)
Antonio Molino Rojo
Dan van Husen
|Theme music composer||Martin Böttcher|
|Opening theme||Martin Böttcher|
|Country of origin||Germany|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer(s)||Artur Brauner|
|Camera setup||Hansjürgen Kiebach
|Running time||60 (including the recipe)|
|Production company(s)||Berliner Union-Film
|Original release||11 May – 19 October 1977|
Es muss nicht immer Kaviar sein ("It Can’t Always Be Caviar") is a TV adaption of a novel of the same name by Austrian author Johannes Mario Simmel. Directed by Thomas Engel Siegfried Rauch walks in the footsteps of O. W. Fischer who played the protagonist "Thomas Lieven" already in 1961, just one year after the bestseller had been released. The series is unique for providing a little cooking show at the end of each episode. The book also includes recipes because "Thomas Lieven" is an accomplished amateur cook.
Thomas Lieven works as employee of an International bank in the City of London. Occasionally he is the bank's courier for he is fluent in three languages: English of course, but also German and French. In 1939 he is again sent to Germany but this time it is different because the Gestapo arrests him. Thomas Lieven, a pacifist through and through, has no interest whatsoever to even toy with the thought to get entangled in spy business but the German secret service doesn't take no for an answer. So he has to pretend compliance for the time being, just to be able to get home to England. But when he returns to London he gets arrested again, this time by English secret service. It is explained to him that it was his duty to become a double agent. Thomas Lieven is no Eddie Chapman and the mere idea of having to go to Nazi Germany another time seems to be unbearable. So he escapes to France, but is picked up by French secret service. Like German "Major Loos" (Herbert Fleischmann) and British "Mr. Lovejoy" (Rainer Penkert) also French "Captain Simeon" (Erik Schumann) attempts to persuade Lieven that he ought to serve him. In the course of a mission in Marseille he meets the small-time criminal "Bastian Fabre" (Heinz Reincke) who introduces him to his boss, an attractive lady called Chantal (Marisa Mell). She falls for his gentleman-like manners and his exquisite meals. That he she has in common with other ladies he will also acquaint during the adventures about to come: "Estrella" (Nadja Tiller), "Yvonne" (Heidrun Kussin), "Jeanne" (Louise Martini) and eventually "Helen" (Christiane Krüger) who wants to recruit him for the American secret service.
The series covers only the first half of the novel. The second half was never filmed.
|Episode||Title||Original Air Date||Presented Recipe|
|01||Wie alles begann (How it all started)||11 May 1977||Sauerkraut cooked with champagne|
|02||Französische Küche (French cooking)||25 May 1977||Palatschinke|
|03||Wenn die Eisbären flügge werden (When polar bears fledge)||8 June 1977||Romanian onion salad|
|04||Ich heiße Mabel (I'm named Mabel)||22 June 1977||Stew of beans and goose legs|
|05||Tote kann man nicht erschießen (Can't kill dead people)||6 July 1977||Chop suey American style|
|06||Planquadrat 135 Z (Grid square 135 Z)||20 July 1977||Stuffed grey partridge|
|07||Shakespeare lässt bitten ( Shakespeare asks you in)||3 August 1977||Home fries|
|08||Lazarus||17 August 1977||"Matelotte" (French fish soup)|
|09||Chantal||31 August 1977||Bigos, a Polish stew|
|10||Die ganz feine Tour (In a very distinguished manner)||14 September 1977||Chili con carne|
|11||Nummer Sieben (Number seven)||28 September 1977||Swiss collarsteaks from porc|
|12||Nachtigall 17 ruft (Nightingale 17 is calling)||12 October 1977||Rump steak|
|13||Schwarzmarktgeschäfte (Black market trade)||19 October 1977||Steak tartare with caviar|
- "It Can't Always Be Caviar (Es Muß Nicht Immer Kaviar Sein), was an international bestseller in the 1960s.". Retrieved 2011-11-25.