The dream ship
|Original title||The dream ship|
|Country of production||Germany|
|Year (s)||since 1981|
|Episodes||87+ ( list )|
|genre||Drama , romance|
|First broadcast||November 22, 1981 on ZDF|
In the series, the mostly cheerful entanglements of the passengers on a cruise ship, which is en route to a different holiday destination in each film, are told. The captain , the chief steward , the chief hostess and the ship's doctor do their utmost to bring about a happy ending for everyone involved .
In the course of an episode, the action usually focuses on three independent storylines. Usually these are two stories that revolve around the passengers of the ship and one story in which the crew members are involved. According to producer Wolfgang Rademann, the three stories are a funny, an exciting and a love story. During the course of each episode, around 40 percent of the scenes take place on land and 60 percent on board.
The dream ship was created through suggestions from the GDR series Zur See and adaptations from the US series The Love Boat . On November 22, 1981, the ZDF broadcast the first episode. Initially, the format ran as a one-hour series on Sunday evening at 8 p.m. on ZDF; two seasons with six episodes each were broadcast. The last episode of this originally planned form of broadcasting ran with episode 12 on January 1, 1984. With 25.15 million viewers, this episode achieved the highest audience rating of all the Traumschiff episodes previously broadcast .
Spurred on by this success, the series was continued in a revised form after almost three years. The individual episodes were extended by half an hour to 90 minutes and no longer broadcast weekly, but initially at irregular intervals. From November 1986 to February 1987 there were four more episodes of the series, at the turn of the year 1990/91 again two new episodes.
While the series was again being considered to end, the reruns in the ZDF summer program in 1992 achieved unexpectedly high ratings. It was decided to produce new episodes of the series on a regular basis from now on after the episodes filmed at irregular intervals. These were initially shown on changing dates, but a fixed broadcasting schedule was introduced in the mid-1990s: new episodes are broadcast on ZDF for the first time on Christmas Day and New Year's . Since Easter 2017, a new episode has also been broadcast on Easter Sunday.
So far, five cruise ships have served as the backdrop and location for the series:
With the reorientation of the series in 1986, there was also a new cruise ship with the Berlin . This served as the backdrop for the series until the 33rd episode, whose travel destination was Namibia (broadcast on January 1, 1999).
From 1999 the Deutschland was the dream ship , the first travel destination was Tahiti. In November 2014 it was announced that the Deutschland will no longer serve as a film location due to the bankruptcy of the operating company and the resulting canceled trips and that an alternative ship will be selected for 2015. Both the Berlin and Germany belonged to the Peter Deilmann shipping company from Neustadt in Holstein .
Since the first episode in 1981, the actress Heide Keller was involved in the role of the chief hostess Beatrice von Ledebur on the series; she left the series on January 1, 2018. Her successor in the regular cast was the actress Barbara Wussow in the role of hotel director Hanna Liebhold from Easter 2018 . Since the second season in 1983, the actor Horst Naumann has played the ship's doctor Dr. Horst Schröder - initially only in individual episodes, from 1986 as a permanent member of the ensemble. Horst Naumann left the series in the episode of December 26, 2010. In 2011, Nick Wilder followed in the role of the new ship's doctor, Dr. Wolf Sander. In April 2020, Wilder announced that he would be leaving the series - the Christmas episode of the same year should therefore be his last. From 1981 to 1991 Sascha Hehn was also on board; until 1987 as chief steward Victor Burger, then until 1991 as first officer Stefan Burger (in one episode in a double role). In 2014 Victor reappeared as a new crew member after completing his captain's training. Both Wilder and Wussow had several episode roles in which they played other characters in the period before their main roles.
So far there have been four actors who were active as the captain of the dream ship . Günter König played Captain Braske in the first season of the series 1981/82. At the beginning of the second season in 1983 he was replaced by Heinz Weiss , who played the role of Heinz Hansen until 1999 as the captain of the dream ship . In episode 6 ( Cayman Islands ) Weiss was already seen in a supporting role. After Weiss's health-related exit, Siegfried Rauch played Jakob Paulsen from 1999 to 2013 as the captain of the dream ship . Rauch was previously seen in episode 30 in 1997 in another role in the television series and for the last time in episode 70 Malaysia as captain. From episode 71 from January 1, 2014 to episode 83 from January 1, 2019, Sascha Hehn played the captain. Since episode 84, which was erstausgestrahlt on Easter Sunday 2019 plays Daniel Morgenroth the Staff Captain Martin Grimm. Since episode 85, which was first broadcast at Christmas 2019, Florian Silbereisen has played the captain Max Parger. Originally the role was supposed to be called Max Prager. After the FAZ had pointed out that the name was identical to the sailor Max Prager from the German colonial era and his racist remarks, it was renamed Max Parger.
Current leading actors
|Harald Schmidt||Oskar Schifferle||60, 63–67
|Nick Wilder||Dr. Wolf Sander||64–||2011–||Ship's doctor|
|Barbara Wussow||Hanna Liebhold||81–||2018–||Hotel manager|
|Daniel Morgenroth||Martin Grimm||84–||2019–||Staff captain|
|Florian Silbereisen||Max Parger||85–||2019–||captain|
Former leading actors
|Günter König||Jens Braske||1-6||1981-1982||captain|
|Holger Hagen||Dr. Jensen||1, 3||1981||Ship's doctor|
|Heath cellar||Beatrice of Ledebur||1-80||1981-2018||Chief hostess|
|Sascha Hehn||Victor Burger||1-16||1981-1987||Chief steward|
|Stefan Burger||16-18||1987-1991||First Officer|
|Heinz Weiss||Heinz Hansen||7-33||1983-1999||captain|
|Horst Naumann||Dr. Horst Schröder||8-63||1983-2010||Ship's doctor|
|Siegfried Rauch||Jakob Paulsen||34-70||1999-2013||captain|
Timeline of the regular crew
|Beatrice of Ledebur|
|Victor Burger||Victor Burger|
|Dr. Horst Schröder|
|Dr. Wolf Sander|
The roles of the passengers of the dream ship are usually played by prominent guest actors. A large number of well-known German television actors have been seen in one or more roles in the Traumschiff series over the years , such as Christoph Maria Herbst , Joachim Fuchsberger , Peter Weck , Heinz Sielmann , Günther Schramm , Inka Bause , Heinz Hoenig , Klausjürgen Wussow , Elmar Wepper , Thomas Gottschalk , Hape Kerkeling or Florian Silbereisen . Sometimes these people played, such as B. Udo Jürgens , himself, but mostly a fictional character.
From 2008 Harald Schmidt was on board, from episode 56 as gentleman host Oskar de Navetta and from episode 60 as cruise director Oskar Schifferle . After a three-year break, he has been back in the role of cruise director since the end of 2015.
Between 2009 and 2012 Inka Bause was seen from episode 60 as a fitness trainer Inka in eight episodes on the dream ship.
Actors with five or more appearances
|Gaby Dohm||14, 32, 49, 62, 65, 84|
|Marek Erhardt||30, 33, 38, 53, 58, 70, 79|
|Günther Maria Halmer||25, 33, 42, 54, 68, 73|
|Heinz Hoenig||50, 56, 69, 70, 76|
|Jochen Horst||19, 60, 66, 73, 79|
|Gerit Kling||33, 38, 44, 64, 65|
|Volkert Kraft||4, 10, 21, 27, 75|
|Dietrich Mattausch||28, 32, 49, 54, 67, 76, 78|
|Claudia Rieschel||8, 35, 57, 76, 86|
|Maria Sebaldt||2, 7, 23, 47, 52, 64, 72|
|Sigmar Solbach||3, 12, 25, 44, 65, 69|
|Manon Straché||39, 44, 51, 59, 77|
|Gila von Weitershausen||5, 22, 38, 41, 47, 58, 82|
|Elmar Wepper||7, 29, 42, 48, 53|
|Klaus Wildbolz||9, 13, 21, 26, 47|
Actor with four appearances
|Grit Boettcher||13, 45, 54, 77|
|Horst Bollmann||23, 25, 30, 43|
|Antje Hagen||19, 25, 30, 39|
|Evelyn Hamann||4, 9, 27, 48|
|Rüdiger Joswig||36, 40, 61, 65|
|Marion Kracht||23, 40, 65, 69|
|Christine Mayn||35, 44, 68, 74|
|Christina Plate||32, 34, 40, 52|
|Sabine Postel||12, 56, 68, 84|
|Siemen Rühaak||24, 28, 31, 36|
|Peter Sattmann||33, 57, 66, 84|
|Karin Thaler||22, 24, 45, 59|
|Carin C. Tietze||20, 43, 58, 68|
|Diego Wallraff||20, 27, 53, 56|
|Katja Woywood||19, 24, 37, 38|
|Helmut Zierl||15, 33, 38, 59|
Actor with three appearances
Actor with two appearances
Actor with an appearance
Until his death in 2016, the producer of the series was Wolfgang Rademann from Berlin , from whom the idea came and who was also responsible for the overall management. The production company responsible for the series is Polyphon Film- und Fernsehgesellschaft .
As directors and scriptwriters for the dream ship , ZDF mainly uses people who are also active for the station in other productions of similar genres, such as the Rosamunde-Pilcher films.
The director of the first six Traumschiff episodes in 1981/82 was Fritz Umgelter . He was followed by the directors Alfred Vohrer , Gero Erhardt and Christine Kabisch . From 1996 to 2005 Michael Steinke and Karola Meeder were the directors in charge for almost ten years. Steinke directed 17 episodes and Meeder directed six. Only in the anniversary episode Las Vegas was there another director in Dieter Kehler . In 2006 and 2007, Hans-Jürgen Tögel , who directed several episodes in the early 1990s, worked as a director, and from 2008–2017 Stefan Bartmann directed eight productions.
The author Ulrich del Mestre is largely responsible for the scripts . There are also authors such as Marlies Ewald , Barbara Engelke or Sabine Thiesler , who are occasionally scriptwriters for individual episodes. There are also authors who only wrote the script for one or two episodes. The actress Heide Keller was also occasionally involved as a screenwriter under the pseudonym Jac Dueppen .
The original title music for the series comes from Heinz Kiessling, who was the composer responsible for numerous TV productions in the 1970s and 1980s. This music was used in episodes 1 through 6.
For the second season of the series (episodes 7 to 12), the French Oscar winner Francis Lai was commissioned to create a new cover story. According to the composer, the music was created under the impression of a recently experienced cruise.
The title music of the series, which has been used since episode 13 (Thailand) until today, was composed by James Last . This melody of the same name, made famous by the dream ship, can not only be heard during the opening credits, but also repeatedly during the cut of the moving dream ship within the episodes. At the end of each episode, during the captain's dinner , the dinner march , which was also composed years ago by James Last, is played. In the first episodes, "March Of The River Kwai" was used on this occasion.
Episodes 17 and 18 had a different theme tune. It comes from Udo Juergens, who also appeared in episode 18 as an actor. An instrumental version of his song was played in the opening credits, followed by the sung version in the credits.
Many different destinations have been visited over the years. Exotic countries or cities outside Europe serve as destinations. Only in 1992 was there a European destination with Norway, which was also one of the very few northern travel destinations of the dream ship . A certain country serves as the backdrop, more rarely only a single city is the destination. In a few cases several countries are also the scene of an episode, for example India and the Maldives in 1993. Some travel destinations, for example Thailand or Bali, have already been visited several times.
Episodes marked with an * are currently not (yet) available on DVD.
In 15 of the first 16 episodes, the individual stories still had titles that were as follows:
|1||Love and carrot juice / One always wins / A new life|
|2||The runaways / The honeymoon|
|3||Love for Alice / Betsy and the pop star / The jewel thief|
|4th||Like a peacock in a basket / Schröder versus Schröder / No time for grandma|
|5||The shy lover / a man for mom / distress and bitters|
|6th||The happiest couple of the year / Jan and the student / The rough diamond|
|7th||Heart is trump / singer and magician / on-board acquaintances|
|8th||The dress / the simulant / Kilimanjaro|
|9||Business / Columbus and Cod / The Dog|
|10||Ladies visit / Karl and Anna / Love for two|
|11||The marriage swindler / Mrs. Schliemann and the adventure / the child enemy|
|12||Neighbors / the cardsharp / daughter of the boss|
|13||The missed ship / Snow White & Rose Red / Jana / Rhesus factor negative|
|14th||Love by two / The little matchmakers|
|15th||Entire episode by Herbert Reinecker|
|16||Playing with fire / Theory & Practice / The Klabautermann / Stefan comes - Victor goes|
Offshoot cruise to happiness
As an offshoot of the dream ship , the series Kreuzfahrt ins Glück was created in 2006 , which focuses on the two wedding planners on board the Deutschland (since the end of 2015 the Amadea ) and the couples who want to be married. Up until 2011, three episodes were produced per year, since then there have been two episodes per year that are broadcast on Boxing Day and New Year's Day . The regular cast of the dream ship can be seen in supporting roles.
- The head hostess Beatrice was considered to have no surname for years because her last name was supposedly never mentioned in the series. However, this is not correct: In the episode daughter of the boss in episode 12 (the most successful dream ship edition ever), she introduced herself in a dialogue with Sigmar Solbach as "Beatrice Becker". In episode 31 ( Das Traumschiff: Argentina ), Beatrice's mother, played by Gisela Trowe , came on board as a passenger and was addressed as "Frau von Ledebur". In 1999 the head hostess gave her own name in the episode Tahiti with "Beatrice von Ledebur". This was the result in which Siegfried Rauch began his service as the new Captain Paulsen. In the first episode of the Traumschiff spin-off Kreuzfahrt ins Glück she was addressed again by Captain Paulsen as "Beatrice von Ledebur". In episode 75 ( Cook Islands ) broadcast on January 1, 2016 , Beatrice registered on the Internet in a “Friends of the Camino de Santiago” forum. There she also visibly chose the name Beatrice von Ledebur. As Keller reported in an interview with the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (Neue OZ) in 2017 , she had chosen "von Ledebur" as the name of her mother who was coming on board at the time. The namesake was therefore a personal friend of Keller, whose consent she obtained beforehand. When it was later about Beatrice's own surname, the decision was made to simply continue to use her mother's name for the daughter.
- After Heide Keller left, the position of chief hostess on the dream ship should not be filled with another actress. Keller's regular cast successor, Barbara Wussow, has a different function on the ship.
- The arrival of the cooks at the end of each episode, where the dinner march composed by James Last is played, is always a special challenge for the film crew from a logistical point of view. The invasion must always happen so quickly that the sparklers burn evenly at a suitable length. Editing an image here is extremely complicated. That is also the reason why it is not shot anew for each episode.
- In the 178th episode of the series Notruf Hafenkante ( Once a dream ship ), Heide Keller and Nick Wilder appear in their roles from the dream ship . The series Das Traumschiff and its spin-off Kreuzfahrt ins Glück as well as the series Notruf Hafenkante and Der Landarzt , between which there have already been two crossovers, share a common series universe .
- The dream ship is on Twitter at @Traumschiff. The unofficial account of the respective active captain has been active since 2009 and is repeatedly quoted by various media (including the ZDF ) or distributed through retweets. In a humorous way, the unknown author accompanies the new broadcasts of the dream ship and comments on the events on and off board.
- The former chief steward and later captain Victor also changed his last name in the series. In episode 6, he introduces himself as “Victor Holzinger” in the story “The Unpolished Diamond”. When his twin brother Stefan came on board as the first officer in episode 16, they were both suddenly called Burger. This name was retained when he returned as captain.
- In 1983 the book Das Traumschiff ( ISBN 3-7770-0258-5 ) was published by Hestia Verlag (Bayreuth) . It contains 27 short stories by various authors on the first twelve episodes of the series.
- In June 2006 Cora Verlag started a pocket booklet series with novels for the TV series. The individual issues should appear monthly. However, the series was discontinued after the second issue. Thus, only the novels Adventure Mexico and Paradise Seychelles by Helen Sebald have been published.
- In Mira - Imprint of Cora publishing since 2007 an annual paperback series of Helen Sebald published under the title The Dream Ship on love travel . First, the two pocket books were combined in one book. Only the second novel was new.
- At the end of 2010 Christoph Maria Herbst's first book A Dream of a Ship was published by Scherz Verlag ( ISBN 978-3-651-00006-3 ). The novel is about a trip on a cruise ship and was inspired by Herbst's experiences while filming a dream ship television film. The first edition was withdrawn from trading due to a court injunction. The publisher then announced a second edition with blackened text pages.
- In 2019, the booklet Die Five Traumschiffe (The Five Dream Ships) was published by the author Jörg Schneider : our booklet on the television series published by the Verlag Schiff Menschen Schicksale. It describes the concept and history of the series, as well as the five cruise ships used in factual texts and photos.
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