Record kitchen

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Television series
Original title Record kitchen
Country of production Federal Republic of Germany
original language German
Year (s) 1976 to 1980
length 45 minutes
Episodes 28 ( list )
bi-monthly, later monthly
genre Music show
Director Klaudi Merry
idea Rolf Spinrads
script Thomas Woitkewitsch
production WDR
First broadcast February 23, 1976 on WDR

Record kitchen was a 45-minute music and comedy show by WDR , presented by Helga Feddersen and Frank Zander . Initially, the program ran from February 23, 1976 in the third program of the WDR. On 21 October 1978, she joined the first program of the ARD .


Van Oekel's Discohoek

The editor Rolf Spinrads was able to watch Dutch television in his house in Düsseldorf with a directional antenna, and he particularly liked Van Oekel's Discohoek . It was a show whose novelty was that the musical performances were interrupted for skits. Thereupon he wanted to put something similar on German television, for which Frank Zander seemed suitable to present it. Zander has already had a few hits as a singer, and Spinrads particularly liked the title Der Ur-Great-Grandson von Frankenstein . So they drove together to the Netherlands to see Van Oekel's Discohoek .


The program was initially recorded in the largest WDR studio at the time, which was located in the basement of the An der Rechtsschule building in downtown Cologne. From 1979 onwards, Bavaria Film was produced in Hall 7 . It was directed by Klaudi Fröhlich , the recordings for a program stretched over about a week and the team consisted of 60 to 80 employees. Thomas Woitkewitsch was available as author . In his work, Rolf Spinrads always attached great importance to the fact that the team sat together in a restaurant after the work was done, which resulted in ideas for skits which were then implemented the next day or - if they were more complex - later. The broadcast took place without a studio audience.


Frank Zander presented the program together with Helga Feddersen , who, as a trained actress, was the only one on the team who knew how to create a game scene that was so essential for the success of the show:

"Nobody could do anything with us."

- Klaudi Merry

“Helga Feddersen was the only professional in the entire team. And above all, she was the good soul of the record kitchen. Helga Feddersen advised us and didn't smile when we made mistakes that must have been terrible in her eyes. I haven't found a colleague like her in my long show life. "

- Thomas Woitkewitsch

Frank, on the other hand, was not an actor, he missed his mission and had to get used to the situation first. Over time, however, the two grew together. They also sang the same farewell song in every issue:

"(Frank :)
The show is now over,
the lights are going out.
I'm not going forever,
no, no,
I'm just going home.
You were a fragrant audience that
I would love to come back to.
The finish makes the show beautiful ,
so all: goodbye!
(Interjection Helga :) Goodbye!
If something went wrong, please forgive me,
you can see for yourself, I still smile.
Helga waves, I have to go now,
so again: Goodbye!

(Helga and Frank :)
Next time, things will go well
. We'll sing with fresh courage.
We say for today: Thank you very much !
Arrivederci, Helga and Frank "

Gogo dancers

There were already two gogo dancers in the first edition , their number was increased to four for the third edition. Although they had practiced a few steps, they were far from being professional dancers. At the beginning they sang the theme song:

"Hello your home,
record kitchen time
Are you all hot
on stars and gags and hits
record kitchen time
Everything stays at home
Come on friends let's go
to the record kitchen show
And thank God here are:
Helga and Frank"

Helga's record tip

The program included the introduction of as yet unknown performers. This began with showing a round logo with the writing Helga's Plattentip and the lines sung with the same voices as in the title song:

"Whether with jeans
or a tie,
here comes Helga's record tip"

Then Helga introduced the interpreter. The first issue was about Raphaela Nöcker, who was asked after the show whether she wanted to take part as a go-go dancer, since the number would be increased, and she immediately agreed. Raphaela was the first German playmate to appear for the magazine Playboy and therefore appeared in the kitchen with no clothes on.


With a few exceptions, the music performances were current titles. About half of them consisted of German hits and half of international pop music. Among the latter, Italian interpreters had a higher proportion, as Rolf Spinrads went on vacation to Italy with his parents as a teenager and was thus fascinated by the local culture. Gianna Nannini even made the plate kitchen known in Germany. Dutch musicians also played an important role, as Spinrads also had many contacts in the Netherlands. Udo Lindenberg was a friend of Spinrads, with whom he had already shot The Udo Lindenberg Show for WDR, after which Lindenberg himself and other artists from the Hamburg scene appeared in the record kitchen. If an interpreter failed, Spinrads usually asked Cologne for a new title from a local band.

For his efforts to make the title With Peppermint I Am Your Prince known by Marius Müller-Westernhagen , Rolf Spinrads received a gold record.


The show always took place in the same studio decoration, which was only slightly changed over time. There was a stage with a large, electrically hinged shell as a central element, as well as a fountain and antique-looking pillars. Most of the interpreters performed there. An office was set up next to the stage, which, in contrast to the Dutch model, was not recognizable: the office seemed to be far away from the stage. Due to the name record kitchen, there was also a kitchen-cum-living room, in which Helga prepared a different meal from one row to the next. After the production was relocated to Bavaria, there was a canteen, whereupon Helga stopped cooking herself. There were hardly any outdoor shots, just to show Frank's late arrival for the show, for example, or to get opinions on the plate kitchen in a street survey.

Comedy elements

One of the most important employees of the plate kitchen was an accomplished pyrotechnician , as the director attached great importance to bang effects. That's why he was also called Klaudi Bum-Bum:

“A cake was supposed to explode, that was a little slow:
And again! And again!
And then it really banged, so that everyone in the studio got something. "

- Frank Zander

There have also been large animals, including elephants, and heavy demolition equipment such as jackhammers and excavators. Vehicles for crash scenes were pushed through the studio by hand and then made to look as if the vehicle had been damaged in an impact. A running gag had been taken from the Dutch model: the filing cabinet kept falling over in the office. Occasionally an interpreter played along with the sketches or was the victim of a gag.


In addition to the presentation by Helga and Frank, there were other characters for the comedy scenes:

Dr. Moser

Dr. Moser, in later editions Professor Moser, described himself as the head of entertainment. He always appeared with a cigar or tobacco pipe and roughly corresponded to Sjef van Oekel in the Dutch example of the plate kitchen. If this spoke antiquated, then Dr. Moser always reminiscent of the good old days. Dr. Moser had also been given a resemblance to the head of the WDR entertainment department, Hannes Hoff.

“The role model was our head of entertainment from WDR, we wanted to pull him completely through the cocoa. And that's of course why he didn't like this role very much. He liked others more, of course he liked the go-go girls. "

- Thomas Woitkewitsch

Rolf Spinrads and Klaudi Fröhlich always denied the similarity when accepting a completed episode in the presence of Hannes Hoff and program director Günter Rohrbach :

"And whenever he said: Gentlemen, does it have to be, then Dr. Rohrbach to laugh and then we were saved. "

- Klaudi Merry


Dr. Moser always worked with a secretary in his office, one after the other: Beate, Evi Finger and Püppi Puder. These figures were all inspired by secretaries in the WDR administration. Dr. Moser always spoke to his secretary as Fraulein.


The director's name Spinelli was based on the name of the editor Rolf Spinrads.


Mr. Müller-Seibel from the Fees and Licenses department visited Dr. Moser, to discuss things that were based on the actual processes in the WDR administration.

Karl Toffel

With the introduction of the canteen, the canteen cook Karl Toffel was also employed.


Members of the team were used as extras, or the members asked around among friends. The mother of one of the team members had gathered acquaintances who played in a senior group of visitors. And Thilo Spinrads, the editor's son, played a group of boy scouts with school friends who were doing mischief at an open house in the studio.


The first broadcast already had 1.3 million viewers in the broadcasting area of ​​the WDR, which corresponded to 25% viewing participation. But there were also opponents of the record kitchen in the station:

“Every time we thought it would be the last time. And we had no guarantee that it would always continue or that the next show would come again. We were always on thin ice and thought, now we are breaking in and now we are going under. "

- Thomas Woitkewitsch

Although nude men were also shown, the nude scenes led to protests from women's associations, including the wish that Frank Zander should be sunk at the deepest point in the sea with a millstone around his neck.

When the record kitchen was to be closed at the end of 1978, the WDR received over one hundred thousand letters of protest. After nine months there was then a sequel that was broadcast in the first program and now had 16 to 20 million viewers throughout West Germany. This made it possible to invite well-known international performers. They were then interrupted less often by comedy scenes:

“Maybe Spinrads was a little cautious about that. I mean, he wanted more of the record, more stars. And then they gently:
With Blondie - be careful! "

- Frank Zander

The End

Although visual participation was 35%, the end came in the summer of 1980.

"When she was then deposed, it was a clear decision of my father, who has now said:
Well, the subject is now through and you should always stop when it is most beautiful."

- Thilo Spinrads

Rolf Spinrads announced a follow-up show with young comedians for 1981, which was to be called the Josef Schaschlik Show . This then became bananas .


  • Rainer Basedow as director Spinelli (until 1977)
  • Benno Swienty as Dr. Moser (1976 to 1980)
  • Maria von Holten as Secretary Beate (1976 to 1978)
  • Wiltrud Fischer as secretary Evi Finger (1978 and 1979)
  • Tommy Deininger as Norbert Nagel (1978 and 1979)
  • Reinhard Maier as Mr. Müller-Seibel (1978 to 1980)
  • Karl Dall as canteen chef Karl Toffel (only 1979)
  • Karin Wolfram as secretary Püppi Puder (only 1980)
  • Peter Strobel as porter Adolf (only 1980)
  • occasionally different guests


Television documentary

  • Laughing stories - Plattenküche , a film by Winni Gahlen, 45 min., WDR and RBB , 2011
  • Laughing stories - Bananas , a film by Winni Gahlen, 45 min., WDR, 2013
  • Chaos in the Third - The legendary record kitchen , a film by Oliver Schwabe , 45 min., WDR, 2019

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Laughing Stories - Bananas
  2. a b c d e f Thilo Spinrads, son of Rolf Spinrads in Chaos in the Third
  3. a b c d e f g h i j Frank Zander in Chaos in the Third
  4. a b c assistant director Friedrich “Fiete” Schaller in Chaos in the Third
  5. a b Klaudi Fröhlich in laughing stories - plate kitchen
  6. a b c d Thomas Woitkewitsch in laughing stories - plate kitchen
  7. a b Raphaela Altjohann-Kind (formerly Raphaela Nöcker) in Chaos in the Third
  8. ^ Wiltrud Fischer in Chaos in the Third.
  9. Michael Reufsteck, Stefan Niggemeier: Das Fernsehlexikon, Goldmann, ISBN 978-3442301249