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Ein Kessel Buntes (A Kettle of Colour) was a television variety show in the former East Germany. It broadcast from 1972 to 1992. A total of 113 shows were made, six per year. As the name implies, it was broadcast in colour, first from the Friedrichstadtpalast theatre, and later from the Palast der Republik, as well as from other prominent music halls in other East German cities. Its title sequence showed a series of famous clocks in East Berlin, such as that on the Rotes Rathaus and the Weltzeituhr at Alexanderplatz displaying the time of broadcast, 8 p.m. (scheduled to clash with the main evening news on ARD) Ein Kessel Buntes was originally hosted by actors Horst Köbbert (who spoke Low German from the north), Lutz Stückrath (a speaker of the Berlin dialect), and Heinz Uhlig (who spoke Saxon from the south), whose satirical commentary during the live broadcasts often criticised the East German government. They were soon replaced by a rotating cast of celebrities.

The show was meant to compete with those on West German television, (which most East Germans were able, and did, watch). To this end it was fairly successful even attracting a following in parts of West Germany which could receive Eastern TV. Its production values were high. Apart from song and dance numbers and appearances from East German celebrities, almost every broadcast featured well-known stars from the west, often after their popularity had peaked in their home countries. After German reunification, and the dissolution of Fernsehen der DDR, the show was broadcast for a further two years on Das Erste. It is still popular in reruns and best-of shows. Numerous international stars were invited to participate: ABBA, Amanda Lear, Bad Boys Blue, Karel Gott, Alla Pugacheva, Sofia Rotaru, and others.

Ein Kessel Buntes - Netflix

Type: Variety

Languages: German

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 1972-07-15

Ein Kessel Buntes - Manfred Uhlig - Netflix

Manfred Uhlig (born 2 September 1927) is a German actor, cabaret artist, entertainer and also television and radio presenter.

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The most noticeable characteristic of Manfred Uhlig is his Saxon, especially Leipzig dialect. Born 1927 in Leipzig, he studied drama at the end of the 1940s and after finishing accepted acting jobs at theatres and cabarets in Naumburg, Wittenberg and Schwerin. Since 1956 he was member of the Leipziger Pfeffermühle cabaret ensemble, which was founded two years before. On 30 June 1962 he left – together with Helga Hahnemann, who he had discovered once – this acting location and worked, just like “Henne”, now for the GDR radio. Since 1965 together with Günter Hansel he presented for 24 years 289 episodes of the programme Alte Liebe rostet nicht at Radio DDR 1, which with that was among the most long-lived German radio broadcasts. He became known i.a. with the programmes Leipziger Allerlei and Kollege kommt gleich. In the GDR television he appeared as satirist f.e. in Da lacht der Bär and Da liegt Musike drin. Moreover, together with Horst Köbbert and Lutz Stückrath as cabaret trio The three dialecticians, he presented 28 episodes of the Saturday evening show Ein Kessel Buntes. In 1978 he was awarded with the Art Prize of the GDR. Following the German reunification (Wende) he occasionally worked for the MDR. He is currently living with his wife in Leipzig.

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