Producer
Director
Frank Diederichs
Editor
Genre
History
Broadcaster
WDR
Length
1 x 45'
Format
16:9 HDTV
Year
2008
Unser Land 1984
Jetzt oder nie

At the beginning of 1984, there was great excitement in the Ministry of Defence in Bonn. The highest German general and deputy supreme commander of NATO in Europe, Günter Kießling, was dishonourably dismissed - because he was supposed to be homosexual. Udo Röbel was deputy editor-in-chief of the Cologne tabloid "Express" at the time. He became one of the central figures in the Kiessling affair and uncovered an outrageous political scandal.

Things also got political around the Kölsch rock band BAP: they set off on a GDR tour. In their luggage they brought a new song about armament mania, cold warriors and censorship. The GDR tour ended before it had even begun.
On the carnival stage, Martina Klinke made a stink. Together with Jürgen Becker and a small group of social education workers, she planned an attack on the traditional carnival in 1984. The "Stunksitzung" marked the beginning of alternative carnival - at that time still amateurish, ironic, amateurish and creative. Today, it is impossible to imagine the Stunksitzung without the Prunksitzungen.

A serious mining accident left all of NRW with Gelsenkirchen in trepidation. At the Consolidation colliery, 10 miners were buried in a serious mining accident. A drama deep underground in which only a few of those trapped could be rescued. People in Gelsenkirchen preferred to think about another event: Schalke 04 met the favourites Bayern Munich in the DFB Cup semi-final: a football thriller and the finest hour for 18-year-old Olaf Thon.
It was now or never for Duisburg's Rolf Milser at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. For the weightlifter it was the last chance to win Olympic gold. He had trained for two years for this moment, for the all-important competition. What followed was gold and a jubilant reception in his hometown, to which he has remained loyal to this day.

Musically, Herbert Grönemeyer and Alphaville were at the top of the podium in 1984. With the No. 1 album "4630 Bochum", Grönemeyer set a monument to his homeland and wrote pop history. And in Münster, Marian Gold experienced a breakthrough with his band "Alphaville" and stormed the charts: "Big in Japan" and "Forever Young" became mega-successes.

First broadcast: Friday, 07 September 2018, 8.15 p.m., WDR

Our Country 1984 - Now or Never

At the beginning of 1984, there was great excitement in the Ministry of Defence in Bonn. The highest German general and deputy supreme commander of NATO in Europe, Günter Kießling, was dishonourably dismissed - because he was supposed to be homosexual. Udo Röbel was deputy editor-in-chief of the Cologne tabloid "Express" at the time. He became one of the central figures in the Kiessling affair and uncovered an outrageous political scandal.

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