Lindenstraße

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Lindenstraße
Lindenstrasse Logo 2015.jpg
The logo appearing on the series' title screen
Created byHans W. Geißendörfer
StarringSee below
Country of originGermany
Original language(s)German
No. of episodes1,704
(as of January 27, 2019) [1]
Production
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time30 minutes
Release
Original networkDas Erste
Picture format4:3
16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release8 December 1985 –
March 2020
External links
Website

Lindenstraße (literally "Lime Street") is a German television drama series, broadcast by Das Erste. The first episode aired on 8 December 1985 and since then new episodes have been broadcast weekly.[2] Its current timeslot on Das Erste is Sundays at 18:50. The events of the Sunday episode usually take place on the Thursday before the show. This is a result of the original plan having been to show each episode on a Thursday night. Before the start of the series the programme's timeslot was switched to Sunday evening, but Thursday remained the day on which the events are normally shown as taking place, because the original concept of dramatizing the events of daily life as experienced by a group of characters on an ordinary weekday has continued unchanged. Exceptions are the so-called holiday episodes where the events take place on such special occasions as Christmas and Easter; also on important election days (especially general elections to the German Bundestag).

Setting the pace for other soap operas in Germany, the first episodes were mostly met with poor reviews. However, Lindenstraße soon became one of the most successful shows on German television.[3]

On 16 November 2018 it was announced that the ARD television programme conference had decided – on cost grounds, despite the programme's continuing to attract between two and three million viewers weekly – not to extend its contract with the show's producers, Geißendörfer Film- und Fernsehproduktion, and that the series would therefore come to an end, after 35 years, in March 2020.[4]

Development[edit]

Logo used until September 2015.

The creator of Lindenstraße is Hans W. Geißendörfer, whose company Geißendörfer Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH (GFF - "Geißendörfer film and TV productions") still produces the series today.[5] In the beginning, Geißendörfer also directed the series. It is set in Munich, but filmed at the WDR studios in Cologne-Bocklemünd, where an entire outdoor street mock-up of the eponymous Lindenstraße was built. An actual street named 'Lindenstraße' exists in Munich's Harlaching district, but it has nothing to do with the series' fictional street.

The show is based on the long-running British soap Coronation Street, from which it borrows its main premise (the everyday life of a number of neighbours).[3] It tackles topics such as racism, cancer, AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, disabilities (both physical and mental), and homosexuality. In 1987, it gained notoriety for showing the first gay kiss on German television. The show is also known for its prompt incorporation of real-life events and current topics.

United States television actor Larry Hagman made a cameo appearance on Lindenstraße on 19 February 2006.

Geißendörfer wrote and directed the first 31 episodes himself. Now, there are different directors that take turns in about 10-episode blocks. The current directors are Herwig Fischer, Kerstin Krause, Dominikus Probst and Iain Dilthey.

There have been many different writers of the show throughout the years. Currently, three authors share the responsibility of writing the episodes: Michael Meisheit, who has been writing for Lindenstraße since 1997, and Irene Fischer, who has been writing for Lindenstraße since 1999. She has also been playing a main character in the series since 1987. In 2013, Geißendörfer's daughter Hana Geißendörfer joined the team and the first episodes written by her aired in late April.

Setting[edit]

The series is set in the Lindenstraße, a fictional street in Munich. The resident families Beimer-Schiller, Beimer-Ziegler and Zenker, as well as couples without children and communes are very prominent characters in the show. There is also a doctor's office, currently run by Dr. Iris Brooks. In the past, it has been run by Dr. Ernesto Stadler, Dr. Carsten Flöter and his stepfather Dr. Ludwig Dressler. There is also a Greek restaurant "Akropolis" and a supermarket.

There are also a few shops in the Kastanienstraße (literally "Chestnut Street"), which is at one end of the Lindenstraße. There is an organic food shop called "1 A Bio" (It used to be the chocolate store "Kakao" and the gourmet food shop called "Alimentari". There is also a café called "Café Bayer" and a travel agency called "Träwel und Iwends" (a pun on the German pronunciation of Travel and Events) as well as the car shop "Die Werkstatt". There are also several minor characters who live on this street.

On the other end of the Lindenstraße, one can find the Ulrike-Böss-Straße. In it is a movie theater ("Astor"), the "Café George" and a hair salon.

Cast[edit]

Lindenstraße Nr. 7, the Dressler residence

Due to the frequency of social problem topics treated in the series, a high proportion of the characters come from minority groups of diverse kind or live in patchwork relationships. From the Greek Restaurant with its family and a Vietnamese which were there from the beginning, characters and whole families with migration background have come and gone from Italy, Turkey, Eastern Europe etc. The current cast counts three male homosexuals, two of them living in marriage with an adopted son, and one female homosexual with a test-tube baby. There's a homeless man, a man in a wheelchair, a child with Down syndrome and so on.

Fans of the series have proclaimed in mild jest that a "normal" family wouldn't survive the Lindenstraße. As if to prove this, the model bavarian family Stadler which moved to the street in September 2008 has only one member, the contrarian Grandfather, remaining in the street as of early 2013. He "occupies" a room in a commune otherwise populated by twens. His son, the family father, fled the street after the family mother had a love-affair with his brother. The mother then broke up with the brother and started a new affair with a young immigrant from the Balkans who hid his visa-less family in an apartment in the same house. The younger family daughter, who became a teenage mother after a Lindenstraße resident of her age purposely broke a condom, fell in love with the same immigrant and left the street in shock after finding out that he preferred her mother over herself. The mother and the immigrant then left the street together. The older teenage daughter had more luck and married a widely liked Lindenstraße resident in Las Vegas with whom she started a successful business in the street, only to suddenly die from a food poisoning originating in the Greek restaurant in February 2013.

Current cast members[edit]

Actor Character Duration
Michael Baral Timotheus "Timo" Zenker #2 2009, 2014–2018
Daniela Bette Angelina Dressler, adopted, née Buchstab 2007–
Jo Bolling Andreas "Andy" Zenker 1990–
Sophia Brinkmann Deniz Dağdelen 2011–
Anna-Sophia Claus Lea Starck #2 1999–
Ole Dahl Paul Dağdelen, accepted, née Hoffmeister #3 2009–
Irene Fischer Anna Ziegler, née Jenner 1987–2013, 2015–
Joris Gratwohl Alexander "Alex" Behrend 2000–
Jan Grünig Martin "Mürfel" Ziegler 1999–2013, 2015–
Erkan Gündüz Murat Dağdelen 1999–
Ludwig Haas Dr. Ludwig Dressler 1985–
Hermes Hodolides Vasily Sarikakis 1985–
Trixi Janson Mila Pashenko #2 2013–
Jojo Simon Schildknecht #3 2014–
Beatrice Kaps-Zurmahr Andrea Neumann 2004–2009, 2010–
Marie-Luise Marjan Helga Beimer, née Wittich 1985–
Sarah Masuch Dr. Iris Brooks 2012–
Philipp Neubauer Dr. Philipp Sperling 1992–2003, 2012–
Sontje Peplow Lisa Dağdelen, née Hoffmeister 1991–
Moritz A. Sachs Klaus Beimer 1985–
Jannik Scharmweber Nicolai "Nico" Zenker #6 2015–
Greta Short Lara Brooks 2012–
Rebecca Siemoneit-Barum Iphigenie "Iffi" Zenker 1990–2012, 2014–
Gunnar Solka Peter "Lotti" Lottmann 2004–
Philipp Sonntag Adolf "Adi" Stadler 2008–2018
Andrea Spatzek Gabriele "Gabi" Zenker, née Skabowski 1985–
Amorn Surangkanjanajai Gung Pham Kien 1985–
Jacqueline Svilarov Nina Zöllig 1999–2007, 2011–
Sara Turchetto Marcella Varese #2 1998–
Georg Uecker Dr. Carsten Flöter 1986–1991, 1995–
Claus Vinçon Georg "Käthe" Eschweiler 1996–2006, 2007–
Cosima Viola Jacqueline "Jack" Aichinger 2001–
Martin Walde Marek/Sunny Zöllig 2016–
Sybille Waury Tanja Schildknecht 1985–
Katharina Witza Antonia "Toni" Zenker 2005–

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Episode List
  2. ^ "Lindenstrasse: Germany's answer to Coronation Street". BBC News. 19 April 2013.
  3. ^ a b Coronation Strasse. BBC Radio 4. 20 April 2013.
  4. ^ Lindenstraße: Abschied nach mehr als drei Jahrzehnten. WDR Presse und Information, 16. November 2018.
  5. ^ "Radio and TV - Formats - Goethe-Institut". Goethe.de. 1985-12-08. Retrieved 2013-12-21.

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