broadcast with the mouse | Christoph Biemann: “I have kept my childhood curiosity”

Because you feel younger in your head than your body is?

Yes, that’s the way it is – well observed. I’m actually still the same and that’s how I feel.

How do you keep your body and mind fit?

The work keeps me mentally fit. Otherwise I spend a lot in the garden, swim in the sea and move around. A little sweat every once in a while is fine, but I don’t do competitive sports.

Work is a good keyword. Would you say it keeps you young?

Definitely! I’ve kept my childhood curiosity alive over the years. In principle, curiosity is my profession. We always make new stories, get to know different people and answer new questions. I think that keeps me young.

How did you get into making television for children?

I worked with children when I was at film school and there were several reasons: on the one hand I like to explain, on the other hand television is something for children where everything is open and you don’t have to commit yourself. Right from the start, it actually boiled down to my ending up in children’s television. I have never regretted it.

However, you originally wanted to be a biologist.

Yes, that’s right. But I wasn’t very good at looking through the microscope. Somehow that wasn’t my thing. And then I just looked through the camera.

You started out as a director with the “Show with the Mouse”. You have also been in front of the camera since 1982. What was it like for your own children when they watched the show?

My daughter was a big part of the show back then. The film contributions were different at the beginning. “Well, the stories aren’t really that exciting,” she said to me one day. So we thought about how we could do better. Introducing a hero, a person who has a problem that is then solved. Yes, and that was Armin Maiwald and me.

Christoph Biemann has stood for since 1982 "The program with the mouse" in front of the camera.
Christoph Biemann has been in front of the camera for “The Show with the Mouse” since 1982. (Source: imago images)

You can always be seen in the “Show with the Mouse” with a green sweatshirt. It’s your trademark, so to speak. How did that happen?

That happened with Chernobyl in 1986. We made “Atomic Mouse” and it was clear that we would shoot the film longer. I didn’t want to wear different clothes on the days of shooting. So I looked in my closet, but there were only a lot of colorful shirts. Then I found two green ones, which I chose. I figured if one got dirty I’d still have the other. Suddenly green was my trademark and has remained so to this day.