In aller Freundschaft

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In aller Freundschaft (English "In all Friendliness") is a German television soap opera that began airing in 1998 every Tuesday. The series follows the staff of the fictional Sachsenklinik hospital in the city of Leipzig.[citation needed]

The series is produced by Degeto (a subsidiary of the German TV channel ARD) and by Saxonia Media Filmproduktion GmbH in the studios of Media City Leipzig.

The first broadcast was on 26 October 1998. Since then, approximately 600 episodes have aired.

Initially, the focus was on three main characters and their friendship Dr. Roland Heilmann, Dr. Achim Kreutzer, and Dr. Maia Dietz. Nowadays, there is a growing cast of 15-20 characters which the plot follows (of the original trio, only Dr. Roland Heilmann can still be seen in the program).

Many actors were already acting in the television and cinema in the German Democratic Republic. Other locally renowned personalities from the former GDR that contribute to the program include Celino Bleiweiß, Klaus Gendries, and Peter Hill.[citation needed]

Even though the series is set in the city of Leipzig (Saxony), which is home to the Upper Saxon German dialect, it is rarely used in the series in order to make it easier for the rest of the German population to understand, and because it not a popular dialect in Germany due to its association with the former GDR regime.[citation needed]

Current cast[edit]

As of 2016, the cast consists of the following actors:

Spin-off: In aller Freundschaft - Die jungen Ärzte[edit]

In July 2014, the MDR announced the production of a spin-off named In aller Freundschaft - Die jungen Ärzte. The series focuses on Dr. Niklas Ahrend (Roy Peter Link), who at the beginning of the series accepts a senior physician's office at the Johannes-Thal-Klinikum in Erfurt, leaving the Sachsenklinik and five assistants. The production of 42 episodes took place since autumn 2014, the weekly broadcast on Thursday evenings began on 22 January 2015 at Das Erste.