Television: Curiosities from 60 years of TV - Welke and Pastewka watch television

Two TV nerds with humor watch old television.

Television: Curiosities from 60 years of TV - Welke and Pastewka watch television

Two TV nerds with humor watch old television. With this concept, the comedians Bastian Pastewka and Oliver Welke are going into their first show together at the turn of the year, of which there are two parts. But they don't want to dig up long-known classics again. “We are not a retro show,” says Bastian Pastewka of the German Press Agency. Rather, they present “completely outlandish television” and mostly excerpts that no one has seen since the original broadcast.

The two episodes “Welke

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The principle of "withering

The two of them are avowed television fans and actually know a lot about one or two niche formats. “Olli and I were sat in front of the television by our respective parents,” says Pastewka. Welke says: "I actually sat down in the afternoon and - like Bastian - voluntarily watched school television because I just thought that then I wouldn't have to do any homework during that time." “And we both constantly talk about films, shows and series in our private lives,” says Pastewka. "Much to the chagrin of our women."

Social changes in focus

Among the curiosities from 60 years of television, social changes are also noticeable. For example: “Women were still tolerated primarily as announcers until well into the 1970s,” says Pastewka. "If someone dared to go into sports, they were panned before the show even aired."

A lot has also changed in the entertainment sector: "Even where it was supposed to be entertaining, it was a very serious matter," says Welke. "That's something that really needs to be explained to today's television viewers: how state-supporting entertainment was."

Seen this way, there is little that would make him say: “You have to go back there,” says Welke. "In reality, television today is much better than its reputation. Just because of the choice you have. Nobody forces you to watch crap. You could watch good television every morning, afternoon, evening if you had no other life ." It's just harder to navigate this crowd today.

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