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  • What do the British really think of the Germans?  /  Was die Briten wirklich über die Deutschen denken

    What do the British really think of the Germans? / Was die Briten wirklich über die Deutschen denken

    Mary-Ann stops British people in the street and she asks “Where is Germany on this map of Europe?” Many have no idea, many more know even less about the location of Germany’s major cities.  But she also talks to singers, to the members of the Swindon-Salzgitter Twinning Association and to beer lovers who show much more respect for us Germans.  She meets classical musicians, and a club DJ, to see how our countries have collaborated and still collaborate in the […]

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  • War times  /  Kriegszeit

    War times / Kriegszeit

    John Russell, now in his 90’s, remembers bombing Dresden during the Second War, “we did not think about the people on the ground” he says.  But in the remote part of South West Wales where John lives a ‘little Germany’ has been created since that time.  This was where German prisoners were held during the war, and where the Panzers came for many years from 1961 with their tanks to practice firing.  Special relationships between Germans and locals were formed […]

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  • Goals and schools  /  Fusball und schule

    Goals and schools / Fusball und schule

    Mary-Ann joins a young English football team heading for the German School in Richmond. Journalist Luke Harding explains why our German team will win. English football teams have lost to Germany again and again since the World Cup in 2006… even so, the welcome English fans received in Germany that year, according to former German Ambassador to Britain, Thomas Matussek, made friends of us all.  But back in school, why do the British mainly study the Nazis in their history […]

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  • Car wars  /  Krieg der autos

    Car wars / Krieg der autos

    May-Ann drives our old camper van, Grace, to a rally in the South of England.  She meets owners of old vans who love their rusty vehicles, but when they took them to Germany our police tried to crush them!  She tells the story of how German cars such as the Beetle have overtaken British car sales since the end of the Second World War.  Most insulting to the British was BMW’s take-over of the famous Mini. “The new BMW Mini […]

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  • The electric future  / Die zukunft der energie

    The electric future / Die zukunft der energie

    In this film Mary-Ann heads North to Newcastle where she meets students building electric racing cars, but they are given less than half of the budgets available to their German counterparts.  In the electric future our targets for switching to sustainable renewable energy are compared with British targets.  Young engineers take Mary-Ann to a wind turbine farm which supplies energy for 40,000 homes.  And she drives a British prototype electric sports car which gets to 100 km/h in less than […]

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  • Stereotypes & Propaganda  /  Klischees und Propaganda

    Stereotypes & Propaganda / Klischees und Propaganda

    Before 1914 our two countries were the best of friends. After all, the UK has a German Royal Family and Queen Victoria’s first language was German. But the family dropped their German name during the First War, and from then on the British Government hired 10,000 people to produce anti-German propaganda. In the Second War Joseph Goebbels was very jealous of their successes.   Mary-Ann takes a river boat to the Royal Museums in Greenwich to look at propaganda produced by […]

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