Money or love

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Television broadcast
Original title Money or love
Country of production Germany
Year (s) 1989-2001, 2014
idea Wendelin Haverkamp
Jürgen von der Lippe
Moderation Jürgen von der Lippe
First broadcast September 28, 1989 on Das Erste

Money or Love was a game show with Jürgen von der Lippe . From September 28, 1989 to June 9, 2001, there were 90 episodes. The shipment was up in December 1992 every Thursday at 21:03 in the first broadcast. From February 1993, the show got the coveted slot on Saturday evening at 8:15 p.m.

Procedure and concept

At the beginning of every broadcast, Jürgen von der Lippe came out of a revolving door and put his hand on the head of one or two clapping studio viewers. This was followed by a short stand-up block in which he presented jokes that were sent in. Then he greeted three female and three male singles on his sofa. Each single had an unusual hobby or an unusual job that the candidates of the opposite sex had to guess using multiple choice over the course of the show . By the end of the show, the pairings were regrouped three times, so that each female single sat next to each male single once.

As a couple, the candidates also had to play games so that they could see which lady was best for which gentleman. One such game was, for example, the kiosk game: the three couples took their seats one after the other in a kiosk and tried to guess the terms mimicked by the audience, which in turn were displayed above the kiosk. The term boards were pushed into the kiosk using a lever that Jürgen von der Lippe operated. Since it often got stuck, an employee (called "Oli von der Leiter") had to sit on a ladder to correct this. Later on, a television viewer could apply for a place on a red armchair in every program, which then automatically went upstairs. For each round of the game there was an amount of money that was credited to each candidate.

In the end, the moderator asked the audience at home to choose their favorite pair via TED . To prevent the TV viewers from dialing the wrong number, Jürgen von der Lippe rewarded two or three studio viewers who could recite the correct combination of numbers with a glass of sparkling wine. The singles in the studio decided, before the TED result was announced, with tablets, whether they take the money they have earned so far (money sack tablet) or choose love (heart tablet). If, at the end of the day, a single lady and a single gentleman held up the heart tablet and were additionally determined by TED as a favorite pair, both of them received the accumulated jackpot, which was in a glass safe.


Each program also had a music act to offer, which was traditionally presented by Jürgen von der Lippe with a minute-long monologue. The time he needed for this was probably dependent on the complexity of the stage set, which was hastily set up during this time. Young artists in particular were encouraged. So in Germany z. For example, the titles of Curtis Stigers ( I Wonder Why ), Joshua Kadison ( Jessie ) and The Rembrandts ( Just The Way It Is, Baby ) each become veritable hits shortly after their presentation on the TV show. In the largest CD shop in Cologne of its time, shelves were even set up with the analogous note “known from money or love”. However, national and international top acts were also to be seen in the show section. Below is a small selection of the artists:


Also famous was the ritual question "Hase, how long have you got it?", With which von der Lippe asked the unit manager how many minutes he had already exceeded. Another running gag was the saying "Paule, sach noch watt". The viewers were asked to send in snapshots on a specific topic, which Jürgen von der Lippe presented on the show and commented on with humor. He used the slogan “Paule, sach noch watt” for one of the pictures sent in, anew in each broadcast. The classic is the picture with a chicken and a grilled chicken, which von der Lippe first commented with this saying.


There were some irritations among the candidates as well as viewers and the audience when a candidate turned out to be a porn actress . Until her introduction, the other candidates seemed to be pleasantly taken with her, but this changed noticeably when she was introduced. Even in the TED vote, the candidate could no longer score. No film of her at work was shown when she was presented; it was a family show.

On the last broadcast on June 9, 2001, the TED vote could not be completed due to a technical problem, so that the studio audience had to make a decision on the winning pair.

The broadcast of September 28, 1989 received the "consolation prize" of the pickle of the media women meeting.

For the 27th episode, Jürgen von der Lippe and Wendelin Haverkamp were awarded the Adolf Grimme Prize in 1994.

In the 3rd broadcast in 1989, Stefan Pinnow stood as a candidate and was discovered here by Bavaria Film , on March 4, 1995 the then unknown Eckart von Hirschhausen and in 1996 Edzard Hüneke from the Wise Guys .


On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the first broadcast, a new edition was broadcast on WDR television from October 29, 2014 , starting with a 120-minute celebrity special in which the candidates Carolin Kebekus , Regina Halmich , Katrin Bauerfeind , Simon Beeck , Klaas Heufer-Umlauf and Bernhard Hoëcker competed. Non-prominent singles were guests in three other shows on the following Wednesday evenings. The 90-minute “Money or Love” episodes were presented one after the other by Simon Beeck, Christine Henning and Lutz van der Horst .

Web links

Individual evidence

  2. ^ Portrait of Stefan Pinnow at WDR
  4. Ursula Maerz: Eckart von Hirschhausen: Doctor General Welfare . In: The time . No. 19/2010 ( online ).
  5. ( Memento from November 9, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
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  7. Uwe Mantel: Wave of nostalgia: WDR reissues "Geld oder Liebe". , May 30, 2014, accessed May 30, 2014 .
  8. Money or love. November 2, 2014, accessed November 2, 2014 .