Pan Tau

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Pan Tau
Genre Children's television series, fantasy
Starring Otto Šimánek
Vladimír Menšík
František Filipovský
Jiřina Bohdalová
Karel Höger and others down
Country of origin Czechoslovakia
West Germany
Original language(s) Czech
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 33
Editor(s) Ota Hofman
Jindřich Polák
Production company(s) Czechoslovak Television (ČST)
Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)
Barrandov Studios
Original release 1969 – 1978

Pan Tau (Czech for "Mr. Tau") is a character created for a children's television series. There were 33 episodes in 4 series made by the Czechoslovak Television (ČST) in co-operation with Barrandov Studios and the West German TV network Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR). A pilot film was shot in 1966, 33 episodes were made from 1969 until 1978. The project ended with a feature film in 1988.

The protagonist Pan Tau, who generally didn't speak and communicated through pantomime, was played by Otto Šimánek (1925–1992). The series was written by Ota Hofman and directed by Jindřich Polák. The stories were generally funny, but contained some kind of problem for a child, and here Pan Tau found the way to solve the problem.

Pan Tau always had a gentle expression and a friendly smile, he was elegantly dressed in a stroller, with an umbrella and a white carnation in the lapel. Foremost, he was famous for his magic bowler hat. By tapping on his hat, Pan Tau was able to change his appearance into a puppet, to conjure up miscellaneous objects or to do other magic. His most characteristical behaviour is that he would help children who were experiencing some sort of difficulties in-between their dreams and reality, like finding a place for skiing, settling family problems on Christmas, and even give a boy a good time at a fair when he is supposed to have piano lessons. To adults, he usually remained invisible.

Although Czechoslovakia then was under communistic regime, this never was very obvious for the viewers. And Pan Tau was a popular children program in several countries eather side of the Iron Curtain (f.i. in West and East Germany and also in the Scandinavian countries) which also appealed to the adult parents in a certain degree.

Theodor Pištěk designed the costumes for the series.

Ten years after the end of the series, Šimánek again appeared as Pan Tau in a 1988 cinema film. He was also featured in Nena's 1990 music video for Du bist überall ("You Are Everywhere", from the Wunder gescheh'n studio album), which was shot in Prague.


Pan Tau and first adventure[edit]

First series[edit]

Second Series[edit]

Third Series[edit]


  • Pan Tau a první dobrodružství - Pan Tau and first adventure

First series[edit]

  • Pan Tau Přichází - Pan Tau is coming
  • Pan Tau Naděluje - Pan Tau gives gifts
  • Pan Tau Na Horách - Pan Tau in the mountains
  • Pan Tau a Neděle - Pan Tau Sunday
  • Pan Tau jde do školy - Pan Tau go to school
  • Pan Tau a samá voda - Pan Tau and lots of water.
  • Pan Tau a Claudie - Pan Tau and Claudie
  • Pan Tau to zařídí - Pan Tau will arrange it
  • Pan Tau a cesta kolem světa - Pan Tau and journey around the world
  • Pan Tau v cirkusu - Pan Tau in circus
  • Hledá se pan Tau - looking for Pan Tau
  • Pan Tau a tisíc kouzel - Pan Tau and a thousand spells

Second series[edit]

  • Pan Tau se vrací - Pan Tau is coming back
  • Pan Tau a robinson - Pan Tau and robinson
  • Pan Tau a příliš velký balón - Pan Tau and too big balloon
  • Pan Tau a pes kozopes - Pan Tau and Dog Goat-Dog
  • Pan Tau a rodinná slavnost - Pan Tau and Family festival
  • Pan Tau jde do práce - Pan Tau go to work
  • Pan Tau pět hrušek a tři jablka - Pan Tau five pear's and Three apple's
  • Pan Tau a černý deštiník - Pan Tau and black umbrella
  • Pan Tau a Velký Ples - Pan Tau and big festival
  • Pan Tau a rosnička - Pan Tau and frog
  • Pan Tau a Aladinova lampa - Pan Tau and Aladin's Lamp
  • Pan Tau a zlatý kufr - Pan Tau and gold suitcase
  • Pan Tau odchází - Pan Tau leaving

Third Series[edit]

  • Poplach v oblacích - Alarm in the clouds
  • Lov na Slova - Elephant hunting
  • Noc v safari - Night in safari
  • Pan Tau a kouzelnice - Pan Tau and sorceress
  • Pan Tau na pionýrském táboře - Pan Tau on the pioneer camp
  • A která je ta pravá - And which is the right one?
  • Od zítřka nečaruji - From tomorrow I'm so not using magic

Third Series (7 episodes) was cut into two films - Poplach v oblacích (Czech - Alarm in the clouds, 1 - 3 episodes and episode 4 miss) and Od zítřka nečaruji (From tomorrow I'm so not using magic, 5 - 7 episodes)

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