Career advice for German children

A long running theme in our office is about the relative superiority of British versus German childrens TV programming. We Brits all remember Blue Peter, while the Germans wax lyrical about Die Sendung mit der Maus.

But which nation’s programming is most likely to help kids to grow up as happy, well-balanced socially integrated adults?

So I decided to have a look back at some of the old public service programmes aimed at educating the next generation…

First exhibit, ladies and gentlemen, is Blue Peter.  Note the subliminal messages for British children:

  • it is big and clever to do stunts on your bike
  • you too can aspire to become Evil Knieval
  • if you’re going to do motocross on muddy terrain, it’s really sensible to wear white trousers

Second exhibit, is Die Sendung mit der Maus.  Note the subliminal messages for German children:

  • if you’re going to have a crap job you might as well go the whole hog and sing out of tune too
  • the most aspirational heroes are those who do the dirtiest work cheerfully
  • and you get to wear trendy gear… in a sort of Guatanamo Bay chic kind of way….

Is it any wonder that both nations have different types of social problem?


Filed under german education, german television, German video, Life in Germany

5 responses to “Career advice for German children

  1. I have a feeling that the “Blue Peter” clip has been wrongly labelled.

    Are you sure, that’s not from “Go With Noakes?” – considering the rucksack on his back at the beginning and end of the clip?

    A little reminder of the theme tune…

  2. Oh dear. I think I’m getting old… I never heard of Go with Noakes! Must have been after my time…

  3. “Guantanamo Bay chic”!?!?! Priceless!

    Thanks for the laugh. I’m sending some new readers your way.

  4. “Go with Noakes” was a series that ran at the end of John Noakes’ time on Blue Peter (and a couple of years after it), in which he went round the country to try out things at either famous places or with famous people.

    If I remember correctly, the blue rucksack was in this series because each programme consisted of a number of clips, and he was supposed to be hiking between them.

    To really show your age, you’d have to say who was presenting BP with him when you were watching it 🙂

  5. Ummm… that would be Valerie Singleton and Peter Purves. Oh dear… nearly old age pension time!

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