Schloss Einstein

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Schloss Einstein
Schloss Einstein.svg
Genre Soap opera
Created by Katharina Rietz (seasons 1–13)
Martin Hofmann (seasons 1–10)
Hans-Werner Honert
(seasons 11, 14–)
Yvonne Abele (seasons 14–)
Country of origin Germany Germany
Original language(s) Germany German
No. of episodes 819+ (as of January 3, 2015)
Production
Running time 25 minutes
Release
Original channel KiKA
Original release September 4, 1998
External links
Website

Schloss Einstein is a long-running, popular German television series which is designed as a teenage soap opera. It portrays the lives of teenagers in Schloss Einstein (Castle Einstein), a fictional boarding school. The intended audience is 10- to 14-year-olds.

The series combines the genres of comedy, action, drama (e.g., first love, problems with parents and schoolmates), and natural science. Scripts for the series are written by prominent television script writers.

Current air times[edit]

New episodes of Schloss Einstein are currently shown on Saturdays at 2:35 p.m. on channel KiKA. Older episodes are shown regularly from Monday to Friday at 2:10 p.m. on KiKA.

History[edit]

Schloss Einstein was developed and produced by Askania Media Filmproduktion by order of the ARD under the auspices of the MDR and WDR.

Starting in September 2007, Saxonia Media Filmproduktion took over production of the series.

Because the show has its own genre as a Kinder-Weekly (children's weekly), the producers had had no experience with this kind of series. Originally, only 76 episodes were planned. ARD went to yearly sequels after they knew it was a success. Since then, each season of production has consisted of 52 episodes, which are shot in 13 blocks of four episodes each.

The first episode was aired September 4, 1998, on channel KiKA. Prior to the show's eleventh season (which began in January 2008), a total of 480 episodes had been produced. Episode 480 was the last episode that was set in the fictional village of Seelitz.

Up to April 2012, a total of 705 episodes in 15 seasons had aired. This was a milestone in German television programming. Worldwide, Schloss Einstein is the longest-running fictional children's television series (among those that employ child actors).[1]

A 18th season for 2015 has been confirmed.

Concept[edit]

Schloss Einstein is a television show intended for an audience of children. The show guides its viewers through the entire school year and offers characters with whom children can identify. Because the actors are the same age as their viewers, their actions look authentic.

In its representation of classroom lessons, real knowledge is taught. Thus the show provides both entertainment and instruction. It provides education in a relaxed way. Because it has implemented this concept, Schloss Einstein is unique worldwide and has been made the object of several scientific studies.

Storyline[edit]

Dr. Stollberg realizes a dream. He establishes a private school in an old castle and names his school “the Albert-Einstein-Gymnasium, Internat Schloss Seelitz.” The school bears the name of the founder of the theory of relativity because it teaches natural science. Its students shorten the long name, and it is thereafter known as “Schloss Einstein.”

Dr. Stollberg wants to provide an education for his students by using his best strength — personal tutoring. Violence is forbidden in the school. Problems that arise must be solved peacefully and, if possible, by the children themselves. Newcomers are given an older student who acts as a “godparent.” Of course, this does not always go smoothly, but the teachers and students must master their everyday life under a common roof.

At the center of the show are the personal responsibilities of teenagers from class 6 to class 8. Because there are no parents present, the children must make decisions for themselves and be prepared for the consequences. A few adults appear as advisers or counselors.

The students experience problems such as grades, cliques, envy, friendships, puberty, first love, career hopes, alcoholism, and the divorce or unemployment of their parents.

In many episodes, the students have adventures and learn how to manage conflicts. They also have fun with all kinds of jokes and pranks. There is tension between the Schloss Einstein students and the students who attend public schools. They do not like each other but have to get along. Compromise and tolerance are important in these relationships.

In the later episodes, which are set in the city of Erfurt, no public school students are present. However, students who attend other private schools are present from time to time.

Setting and Cast[edit]

Jagdschloss Grunewald, a backdrop for the Schloss Einstein school.

The first ten seasons were set in the fictional village of Seelitz, near Berlin. With the advent of the eleventh season on January  5, 2008, (episode 481) the setting was transferred to the real city of Erfurt.

In Seelitz[edit]

Schloss Einstein was shot from 1998 to 2007 on the grounds of the Babelsberg Studios in Potsdam. The Jagdschloss Grunewald in Berlin served as backdrop. Outdoor filming was done in the Klein Glienicke quarter of Potsdam and in surrounding villages.

Main Cast[edit]

Students
Actor Role Tenure
Anina Abt-Stein Louisa Ellwang 2000–2003
Patrick Baehr Anton Mahnke 2006–2007
Philip Baumgarten Tom Kühne 1998–2000
Michael Behm Pascal Merten 1999
Paula Birnbaum Iris Kleintann 1998–2001
Sarah Blaßkiewitz Josephine Langmann 2000–2003
Katrin Blume Alexandra Wilde 1998–2002
Geertje Boeden Antje van Rheeden 1998–2001
Kristin Bohm Sylvia Ziethen 2001–2004
Natascha Born Anne-Claire "A.C." Clemens 2002–2005
Antoine Brison René Dupont 2006–2007
Juliane Brummund Nadine Steiner, adopted, née Langhammer 1998–2001
Dorian Brunz Eugen Weise 2006–2007
Raphael D'Souza Dennis Nakeba 2003–2006
Marcus Diller Jan Winter 2004–2006
Joanna Eichhorn Biliana "Billi" Reiche 2005–2007
Garry Fischmann Ben Kubanka 2007
Christoph Förster Philip Schwehrs 2000–2002
Max Fritzsching Joshua "Josh" Friedlein 2002–2004
Kumaran Ganeshan Budhi Dondra 1998–2001
Franziska Gembalowski Margareta "Maggi" Artig 2005–2006
Philipp Gerstner Sven Koslowski 2003–2007
Zeno Gries Armin von der Heyde 2005–2006
Katja Großkinsky Verena Krug 2005–2007
Dennis Habedank Benjamin Lewin 2001–2005
Max von Hören Jonas von Lettow 2005–2006
Christian Karn Hendrik Wernicke 2001–2004
Jerusha Kloke Paula Krüger 2001–2004
Kevin Köppe Alexander "Alex" Kirchner 2006–2007
Christoph Kozik Franz Bartel 2000–2003
Martin Krahn Max Richter 2000–2004
Marie-Luisa Kunst Elisabeth von Hohenfels 2000–2003
Laura Laß Katharina Börner 1998–2000
Adrien Löffler Romeo Gürtler 2002–2004
Zoe Luck Lilly Liebermann 2006–2007
Mandy-Marie Mahrenholz Laura Marwege 1999–2005
Anna Majtkowski Tinka Teubner 2004–2006
Georg Malcovati Marc Börner 1998–2000
Cynthia Micas Joana Hofmeister 2004–2006
Jana Müller Ira Müller 1998–2000
Antonia Münchow Marleen Schulte 2006–2007
Emely Neubert Manuela "Manu" Vogt 2002–2005
Josepha Niebelschütz Saira Sieger 2006–2007
Paul Niemann Lukas Düber 2005–2007
Maximilian Oelze Johannes Bodenstein 2000–2004
Julia Popke Kim Riemann 1999–2003
Sofie Popke Charlotte "Charlie" Hauke 2003–2006
Josefine Preuß Anna Reichenbach 2001–2004
Ronja Prinz Tessa Rindfleisch 2002–2006
Vivienne Puttins Vanessa Turner 2006–2007
Felix Rehn Kai Steffens 2004–2007
Shalin-Tanita Rogall Annika Schubert 2004–2007
Friederike Anna Schäfer Emma Schumacher 2004–2006
Philipp Scheffler Tobias Klinger 2002–2005
Florens Schmidt Oliver Schuster 1998–2001
Jojo Schöning Chu-Yong "Chui" Wang 2005–2007
Paula Schramm Emely Busch 2001–2006
Lisa Schumme Thekla Singer 2001–2004
Lucas Scupin Felix Kindermann 2004–2006
Anja Stadlober Vera Seiffert 1998–2001
Laura Stahnke Konstanze "Konny" Winkler 2005–2007
Anne-Sophie Strauss Franziska "Franzi" Bauer 2003–2006
Franziska Stürmer Monika Freising 1998–2002
Daniel Wachowiak Leonard "Leon" Diefenbach 2002–2006
Romina Weber Dorothee "Doro" Schatz 2001–2004
Tobias Weihe Moritz Stein 2005–2007
Marcus Wengler Sebastian Goder 2000–2003
Katharina Wien Susann "Sue" Birnbaum 2004–2007
Lieven Wölk Valentin Schlösser 2004–2006
Sandrina Zander Marie-Sophie Müller-Kellinghaus 2005–2007
Teachers and Staff
Actor Role Tenure
Karsten Blumenthal Hannes Fabian 1999–2006
Jessica Boehrs Nina Waldgruber 2006–2007
Dominique Chiout Sabine Pätzold 1998–2000
Daniel Enzweiler Gregor Haller 2001–2007
Rebekka Fleming († 04/2014) Marianne Gallwitz 1998–2007
Simone Frost († 14/10/2009) Sibylle Seiffert 1999–2007
Christiane Hagemann Sascha Hansen 2001–2003
Jan Hartmann Mark Lachmann 2006–2009
Ludwig Hollburg Dr. Lutz Wolfert 1998–2007
Judith Klein Nadja Kunze 2000–2006
Wilfried Loll Dr. Emanuel Stollberg 1998–2007
Gert Schaefer († 20/08/2014) Heinz Pasulke 1998–2014
Robert Schupp Dr. Michael Berger 2006–
Shirin Soraya Kleopatra Klawitter 2005–2007
Grit Stephan Sandra Weintraub 2006–2007
Maren Thurm Barbara Bodenstein 2001–2005
Svea Timander Ragna Delling 2000–2001
Jörg Zufall Sven Weber 1998–2000
Village Youth
Actor Role Tenure
Janine Appel Tine Bergmann 1998–2001
Gregor Czempiel Wolf Wagner 1998–2002
Mara-Louisa Dittmann Sara Simons 2003–2006
Maurice Engst Janosch Arnold 2007
Jonathan Feurich David Hoppel 2002–2006
Simon Hahn Ronny 2006–2007
Julian Hanschke Ingo Brussow 1998–2001
Bojan Heyn Marcel Müller 2006
Eva Kaibel Caro Seller 2006
Julian Vinzenz Krüger Rolf Roland "Rollo" Reisig 2006–2007
Fee Luck Nele Arnold 2007
Benjamin Neumann Otto Hempel 2001–2006
Samantha Preilowski Antonia Fabri 2003–2005
Benjamin Seidel Paul Ragowski 2005–2007
Kristin Tetz Krissi Renner 2005–2006
Tino Wagner Kevin Bodenstein 2000–2002
Adrian Wahlen Manuel Rudolph 2006–2007
Raimund Widra Atze Feilke 1998–2001

In Erfurt[edit]

Since September 2007, Schloss Einstein has been produced by Saxonia Media Filmproduktion and filmed at the Kindermedienzentrum Erfurt.

The school has two different buildings: the school building and the dormitory building. The Kindermedienzentrum Erfurt contains all the sets for the school.

The set for the school building has classooms, a cafeteria, hallways, stairs, and a gymnasium. It also contains all the sets used for the dormitory building. Outside filming is done in the Egapark, in other places in Erfurt, and in Schlosspark Arnstadt.

Main Cast[edit]

Students
Actor Role Tenure
Noah Alibayli Henk Ochs 2015–
Hendrik Annel Fabian "Stasi" Stass 2008–2009
Marie Borchardt Pia "Pippi" Pigalke 2012–
Flavius Budean Orkan Török 2015–
Daniel Conrad Lukas "Lucky" Pohlenz 2008–2009
Ferdinand Dölz Bruno Schneider, adopted, né Schaarschmidt 2008–2012
Kaja Eckert Kathi Semmler 2015–
Edzard Ehrle Tamas Nagy 2010–2012
Wassilij Eichler Mounir Farsad 2008–2010
Svea Engel Serena Eickner 2013–2015
Johna Fontaine Daphne Leandros 2013–2015
Henrieke Fritz Constanze von Blumenberg 2012–2015
Lisanne Frontzek Kim Demme 2010–2011
Hugo Gießler Hubertus Müller-Kehlbach 2012–
Gustav Grabolle Hannes Borchers 2008–2010
Jacob Gunkel Phillip Gubisch 2009–2012
Juliette Hartig Hedwig "Hedda" Eisenbarth 2015–
Paul Hartmann Johannes "Jonny" Enns 2012–2015
Jelena Herrmann Miriam Kreil 2012–
Constantin Hühn Ole Weiland 2008–2009
Sophie Imelmann Marianne "Mary" Fuchs 2011–2012
Miriam Katzer Ronja Varga 2009–2012
Pascal Kleßen Bertram "Berti" Fußmann 2009–2011
Lennart König Sándor Laszlo 2010–2013
Jacob Körner Nils Kupferschmid 2012–2015
Esther Kraft Marie Luise Krüger 2008–2009
Viktoria Krause Elisabeth "Liz" Fuchs 2011–2013
Lena Ladig Johanna "Jo" Hoffmann 2011–2013
Lukas Lange Adrian Leupold 2013–
Lucas Leppert Thomas "Tommy" Kluge 2010–2015
Luisa Liebtrau Corinna "Coco" Schmidt 2008–2011
Mareike Ludwig Magda Gröber 2010–2011
Helene Mardicke Roxanne "Roxy" Wildenhahn 2013–
Oskar Kraska McKone Raphael Nägli 2013–
David Meier David Groth 2013–
Marie Meinzenbach Isabella "Bella" Rückert 2012–2013
Lisa Nestler Karlotta "Lotta" Schmied 2015–
Julia Nürnberger Milena Ibrahimovic 2008–2010
Ronja Peters Karla Bussmann 2008–2009
Sina Radtke Julia Schnabel 2008–2009
Yannick Rau Dominik von Blumenberg 2013–
Robert Reichert Justus Kluge 2010–2013
Max Reschke Tim Seidler 2008–2009
David Röder Max Bussmann 2008–2009
Anica Röhlinger Sophie Mai 2009–2012
Jana Röhlinger Mia Bussmann 2008–2009
Alexandra Schiller Annika Schneeberger 2011–2012
Lena Schneidewind Clara Fischer 2011–2012
Ruth Schönherr Li-Ming Schumann 2012–
Liesa Schrinner Vivien Morante 2008–2010
Anna Steinhardt Paulina Pasulke 2008–2009
Nini Tsiklauri Layla Farsad 2008–2010
Julia Turkali Tatjana Jonas, adopted, née Steiner 2009–2010
Paul Uhlemann Friedrich Paul 2015–
Albert Wey Elias Leinhoff 2011–2012
Annalisa Weyel Alva Rehbein 2015–
Stefan Wiegand Tobias "Tobi" Knecht 2011–
Viviane Witschel Emma Kluge 2010
Sabrina Wollweber Felicitas "Feli" Ferber 2008–2012
Florian Wünsche Manuel Siewert 2008–2010
Paul Ziegner Nino Rieckerts 2010–2011
Teachers and Staff
Actor Role Tenure
Liz Baffoe Changa Miesbach 2008–
Georg Blumreiter Uwe Krassnick 2012–
Angelika Böttiger Lieselotte Rottbach 2011–
Olaf Burmeister Dr. Heinrich "Heiner" Zech 2008–
Janina Elkin Anna-Carina Levin 2011–
Lisa Feller Dr. Daniela Schumann 2012–
Anja Franke Katrin Burkert 2010–2011
Maximilian Grill Lars Harnack 2008–2011
Tobias Kasimirowicz Dr. Hans-Heinrich Mahrler 2012
Cornelia Kaupert Margarete Zech 2008–
Ramona Kunze-Libnow Dr. Franka Steiner 2008–2010
Mirja Mahir Elisabeth Bräuning 2008–2011
Tim Oldenburg Moritz Bauernschmitt 2015–
Peter Sodann Dr. Rudolf Bräuning 2008–
Björn von der Wellen Alexander "Alex" Fischer 2011–2015

Awards and success[edit]

The show has received three awards.

  • In March 1999, a jury of 32 children awarded it the Goldener Spatz (Golden Sparrow) in the category Fiktion kurz (short fiction). This was at the eleventh Deutsches Kinder-Film und Fernseh-Festivals (German Children's Film and Television Festival).
  • In July 1999, Schloss Einstein won the Goldener Telix from the TV guide Gong in the category Serie oder Film mit Schauspielern (television series or film with actors).
  • In 2010, it won the Goldener Spatz award again in the series category.

The popular success of the show has resulted in high TV ratings. Schloss Einstein is shown not only in Germany but also in many other countries: in Norway, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Belgium, and the Netherlands. A textbook for use in German schools, containing themes from Schloss Einstein, has been published.

Opening credits[edit]

From the first season to the end of the eighth season, there were always new, but similar, opening credits.

In all opening credits, some current actors who play the students are shown with their respective character names. In the background, the viewers can hear the song “Die Einsteins feat. Julian  — Alles ist relativ.”

All opening credits until the end of the fourth season had a duration of 47 seconds. As of the fifth season, the opening credits and background music were prolonged by seven seconds to a total length of 54 seconds. This was done so that a few more actors could be presented.

The ninth season featured a completely redesigned opening credits sequence, which lasts 54 seconds. The 19 main characters from classes 6 to 9 are presented on-screen in 13 short scenes, which show several characters at once. Teachers, other adults, and children who are not students at Schloss Einstein are omitted.

Current opening credits[edit]

Starting with the tenth season, completely new opening credits were again developed. The background music was slightly modified, and the duration of the credits was lengthened. All main characters are presented along with their character names.

Seasons of production[edit]

Season Episodes Total
Episodes
Date of First Broadcast
1 1–76 76 Friday, September 4, 1998 (5:05 pm) until Friday, February 18, 2000 (5:05 pm)
2 77–116 40 Friday, February 25, 2000 (5:05 pm) until Friday, November 24, 2000 (5:05 pm)
3 117–168 52 Friday, December 1, 2000 (5:05 pm) until Friday, March 2, 2001 (5:05 pm)
Saturday, March 10, 2001 (6:00 pm) until Saturday, November 24, 2001 (6:00 pm)
4 169–200 32 Saturday, December 1, 2001 (6:00 pm) until Saturday, July 6, 2002 (6:00 pm)
5 201–232 32 Saturday, July 13, 2002 until Saturday, February 21, 2003 (6:00 pm)
6 233–272 40 Saturday, February 28, 2003 (6:00 pm) until Saturday, February 15, 2004 (6:00 pm)
7 273–336 64 Saturday, February 22, 2004 (6:00 pm) until Saturday, November 22, 2004 (6:00 pm)
8 337–392 56 Saturday, November 29, 2004 (6:00 pm) until Saturday, February 12, 2005 (6:00 pm)
9 393–428 36 Saturday, February 19, 2005 (6:00 pm) until August 27, 2005 (6:00 pm)
Saturday, September 3, 2005 (5:20 pm) until Saturday, March 25, 2006 (5:20 pm)
10 429–480 52 Saturday, April 1, 2006 (5:20 pm) until Saturday, September 16, 2006 (5:20 pm)
Saturday, September 23, 2006 (5:15 pm) until Saturday, December 2, 2006 (5:15 pm)
11 481–532 52 Saturday, January 5, 2008 until Saturday, February 23, 2008 (2 Episodes: 4:50 and 5:15 pm)
Saturday, March 1, 2008 until Saturday, July 12, 2008 (5:15 pm)
Saturday, August 30, 2008 until Saturday, December 13, 2008 (5:15 pm)
12 533–584 52 Saturday, January 3, 2009 until Saturday, January 31, 2009 (2 Episodes: 4:45 pm und 5:10 pm)
Saturday, February 7, 2009 until Saturday, November 21, 2009 (5:10 pm)
13 585–636 52 Saturday, January 2, 2010 until Saturday, December 25, 2010 (5:10 pm)
14 637–688 52 Saturday, January 8, 2011 until Saturday, May 7, 2011 (5:10 pm)
Saturday, May 14, 2011 until Saturday, October 1, 2011 (2:10 pm)
Saturday, October 8, 2011 until Saturday, December 24, 2011 (2:35 pm)
Saturday, December 31, 2011 (7:50 pm) (New Year's Eve Special)
15 689–740 52 Saturday, January 7, 2012 until Saturday, December 15, 2012 (2:35 pm)
Saturday, December 22, 2012 (2 Episodes: 2:35 and 3:00 pm)
16 741–792 52 Saturday, January 5, 2013 until Saturday, December 28, 2013 (2:35 pm)
17 793–818 26 Saturday, January 4, 2014 until Saturday, June 28, 2014 (2:35 pm)
18 819–844 26 Saturday, January 3, 2015 until Saturday, June 27, 2015 (2:35 pm)

Events[edit]

At irregular intervals, events featuring the actors of Schloss Einstein take place in Germany.

Among these events were:

  • the Gi’me-5-KiKA-Party (day for friendship and tolerance, August 31, 2003)
  • the international children’s party (23 Nisan) in Berlin (April 24, 2004)
  • the KiKA-Party for the 300th episode of Schloss Einstein (June 7, 2004)
  • the Schloss-Einstein-Sommerparty (Schloss Einstein summer party, June 27, 2005)
  • the KiKA summer tours, which take place annually

On June 10, 2007, there was a ceremony in Potsdam-Babelsberg on the occasion of the last shooting day.

Books[edit]

In 2000, the book Schloss Einstein — Das Klassenbuch: 100 Folgen Schloss Einstein (Schloss Einstein — The Classbook: 100 Episodes of Schloss Einstein) was published. It presents the main actors in the show and the contents previous episodes. It was published by vgs verlagsgesellschaft. A poster book and a poetry album have also been published.

In 2003, a cookbook Schloss Einstein — Kochen mit Einstein (Cooking with Schloss Einstein) was published. It was written by Peter Brandt and Dieter Saldecki, and published by vgs verlagsgesellschaft.

Sixteen novels about Schloss Einstein have been published.

  • Volumes 1 to 5 were written by Simon Hauser
  • Volumes 6 to 11 were written by Uschi Flacke
  • Volumes 12 to 14 were written by Dana Bechtle-Bechtinger
  • Volume 15 was written by Uschi Flacke
  • Volume 16 was written by Dana Bechtle-Bechtinger

The titles of the novels are:

  • Band 1: Die Rivalin
  • Band 2: Ein seltsamer Gast
  • Band 3: Sie liebt ihn, sie liebt ihn nicht
  • Band 4: Blaue Haare für Sven Weber
  • Band 5: Alberts Enkel
  • Band 6: Schmetterlinge im Bauch
  • Band 7: Der gestohlene Hit
  • Band 8: Spiel mit dem Feuer
  • Band 9: Skandal am Faulen See
  • Band 10: Ein Traum in Chrome
  • Band 11: Date mit einem Superhirn
  • Band 12: Der Schatz von Seelitz
  • Band 13: Die Paten
  • Band 14: Kurz und Kleinstein
  • Band 15: Love Story
  • Band 16: Anna in Love

Besides the novels, there are three Schloss Einstein Exklusiv books in which the further histories of the main actors of the first season are told. These were written by Uschi Flacke and published by vgs verlagsgesellschaft. They are:

  • Katharina — Modelträume werden wahr
  • Kleine Prinzen
  • Nadines Story

Other media[edit]

In 2004, a music album was published, which included many bands.

A “best of” DVD, several radio dramas on cassettes and CDs, and a magazine about the show covering the years 2001 to 2003, have also been released.

References[edit]

External links[edit]