Television game

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Originally, the television play , analogous to the early radio play , was a form of theater that was intended to be played on television. Today the definition boundaries to the filmed theater piece and to broadcast forms such as the documentary television play, the docudrama or the television film are fluid.

A television game is usually a representation of a film event specially designed for television . This can be done in the form of a single broadcast as well as multiple parts, series and series. In the broadest sense, according to ARD, this is understood to mean any television broadcast with a game story. In the early days of television and the development of magnetic recording (VTR), television games were broadcast live from the production studio or as recordings with a time delay . From 1963, the documentary play established itself as a separate form of television play through productions by the head of department at ZDF , Wolfgang Bruhn . The ZDF series Das kleine Fernsehspiel serves primarily to promote young filmmakers. The Baden-Baden TV Film Festival was called the Baden-Baden Days of TV Play from 1989 to 1999 .

In some series, as a replica of the original form of the television game, the reaction of the (non-existent) audience is simulated today ( canned laughter , applause ).


  • Knut Hickethier: Television game research in the Federal Republic and the GDR 1950–1985. in: Yearbook for International German Studies. Series C Research Reports, Volume 4. Bern 1989

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