Read this very carefully, I shall write it only once…

Yes, my interpreter mind is already wondering how phrases such as “Good Moaning” and “I was pissing by the door, and I thought I would drip in” could be reasonably translated into German.

Confused?  Both are phrases from the UK sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo which I used to watch and which finished its original run in 1992.

Not surprisingly perhaps, the show has never been shown in Germany.  Then, last week, the BBC News website announced that ProSevenSat1 were to broadcast it dubbed into German.

Now I am completely intrigued as to how much of the original show will make it into the German version, as certain parts of it (symbols, salutes, etc.) are illegal here.  Will these just be edited out or blurred?

Any what about the accents?  The show relied on its over-exaggerated accents for distinguish between the languages “spoken”.  Actually, I’ve heard German actors using overdone English and French accents before, so that wouldn’t be too difficult to arrange.

I just wonder what the German audience are going to make of it all!   Let’s hope that ProSevenSat1 don’t think in a year’s time that it was a bad “mistake-a to make-a”!

Who wants to be a Millionaire Host?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like, if the host of “Who wants to be a Millionare?” (“Wer wird Millionär?”) was to change places a be on the hot seat himself?

Well, during a celebrity special in Germany that is exactly what happened. Host Günther Jauch changed places with his contestent, Horst Schlämmer.

You can watch it at in 4 parts: 1 2 3 4 – the switch is in the 2nd part at around time index 06:00.

Another interesting scene is in part 3 around 02:40 when Horst (played by Hape Kerkeling, who speaks Spanish) notes that he could have answered the 32.000€ question himself – without a joker.

For this scene they were awarded the “Deutscher Fernsehpreis”.

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