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Binny and the Ghost, or Billie and the Ghost in the United Kingdom (German: Binny und der Geist) is a German television series produced by UFA Fiction on behalf of Disney Channel's GSA.[1] The series was created by producer Steffi Ackermann and author Vivien Hoppe.[2] The pilot episode was first broadcast on Disney Channel Germany, on March 23, 2013,[3] which was followed by the first episode of the first season on October 26, 2014.[4] Disney Channel Germany gave the green light for the production of a second season in January 2015,[5][6] which was first shown on April 10, 2016.[7]

The finale of Binny and the Ghost was broadcast on May 15, 2016 by German Disney Channel.[8]

Production

Development

In 2012, the German Disney Channel convinced the US parent company Disney that they be allowed to produce their own series of programs.[9] They searched for new ideas from independent production companies and were attracted by the pitch from teamWorx under the working title Binny und der Geist.[10] The idea for the series came from the producer Steffi Ackermann and the author Vivien Hoppe, while casting was carried out by Daniela Tolkien.[11] On 8 November 2012, the production of a pilot episode of Binny and the Ghost was confirmed. teamWorx became UFA Fiction in August 2013.

Filming

Shooting the pilot episode began on 9 November 2012 in Berlin and the surrounding area, followed by the first season of Binny and the Ghost.[1][2] Filming of the first season continued until autumn 2014. The long timescale was due, among other reasons, to the availability of the main actors which was restricted to the school holidays.[10] Filming of the second season began on 13 March 2015 and continued until the end of 2015.[12][13] One episode of the second season was filmed in the zoo on the Reilsberg in Halle.[14]

Cast and characters

Main

  • Merle Juschka as Binny Baumann (British voice actor: Abigail Morgan)
  • Johannes Hallervorden as Melchior von und zu Panke (British voice actor: Roman Kemp)
  • Katharina Kaali as Wanda Baumann (British voice actor: Francesca Anderson[15])
  • Steffen Groth as Ronald Baumann (British voice actor: Brendan McCoy)
  • Eliz Tabea Thrun as Luca Schuster
  • Stefan Weinert as Hubertus van Horas (season 1)
  • Stefan Becker as Bodo
  • Robert Köhler as Rhett Thorn (season 2)

Recurring

  • Inga Busch as Steffi Schubert
  • Anselm Bresgott as Mark
  • Patrick von Blume as Principal Rötig
  • Paul Maximilian Schüller as Martin
  • Hoang Dang-Vu as Jan
  • Lucas Reiber as Niklas Neudecker

Broadcast

A pilot episode was previewed on the Disney Channel Germany, on 23 March 2013.[3] Due to the success of the pilot, a complete first season with 13 episodes was ordered.[2] Regular broadcast in Germany started on 26 October 2014.[4]

The series had its premiere on Disney Channel in Europe, Middle East and Africa on 13 December 2014.[16] Disney Channel UK announced that it would premiere the series on 27 July 2015 at 5:00pm under the title Billie and The Ghost. The characters Binny and Melhoir were renamed Billie and Malcolm respectively.

The first episode of Season 2 was first broadcast in Germany on 10 April 2016.[7].

Adaptations and DVD release

Books

Starting in September 2014, Egmont Schneiderbuch has published a series of books written by Mark Stichler to accompany the series.[17]

Band Original Title Release Date (DE) Pages Ref.
1 Binny und der Geist – Der geheimnisvolle Mitbewohner 4 September 2014 160 [17]
2 Binny und der Geist – Madame Buh [17]
3 Binny und der Geist – Der Geisterstürmer 5 March 2015 [17]
4 Binny und der Geist – Der Kunstraub 3 September 2015 [17]

DVD

The complete first season of Binny and the Ghost was released on DVD in Germany on 22 January 2015.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2013 Goldener Spatz Series/Serial Sven Bohse Nominated [18][19]
2015 Goldener Spatz Series/Serial (Episode: "Horse Play") Nico Zingelmann Won
Weißer Elefant - Filmfest München TV-Series/Movies Nico Zingelmann Nominated [19]
Steffi Ackermann Nominated
Andy Fetscher Nominated
Kinder-Medien-Preis - Der weiße Elefant Best Newcomer Actor Johannes Hallervorden Won [19]
Best Newcomer Actress Merle Juschka Won

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Anja Käumle (8 November 2013). "Disney Channel in Deutschland und teamWorx starten Dreharbeiten der gemeinsamen TV-Produktion BINNY UND DER GEIST (AT)". Retrieved on 2014-07-31.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ralf Döbele (8 November 2013). "Deutscher Disney Channel mit Eigenproduktion". Retrieved on 2014-07-31.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "TV-Tipp: "Binny und der Geist"". (22 March 2014) Retrieved on 2014-07-31.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Disney Channel startet erste eigene Serie im Oktober". Retrieved on 2014-09-26.
  5. ""Gegebenenfalls ändern wir einen eingeschlagenen Kurs"". Retrieved on 2016-01-24.
  6. "1 Jahr Disney Channel im Free-TV: Sender zieht positive Bilanz". Retrieved on 2015-01-15.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Zwei Jahre im Free-TV: Disney Channel schreibt Erfolgsgeschichte fort und startet mit Top-Programmen ins nächste Jahr". (17 January 2016) Retrieved on 2015-10-01.
  8. "Binny und der Geist - Folgenübersicht". Retrieved on 2016-05-14.
  9. Sidney Schering (14 November 2013). "Disney Channel im Free-TV: Storytelling, Humor, Emotion". Retrieved on 2014-07-30.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Uwe Mantel (8 November 2012). "Disney Channel wagt sich an Serien-Eigenproduktion". Retrieved on 2014-07-18.
  11. Torsten Zarges (24 October 2014). "Bei Disney darf man nicht 'Oh Gott!' sagen". Retrieved on 2014-12-05.
  12. "BINNY UND DER GEIST: Drehstart für neue Abenteuer". (16 March 2015) Retrieved on 2015-06-14.
  13. "BINNY UND DER GEIST gewinnt beim Goldenen Spatz 2015". (5 June 2015) Retrieved on 2015-06-14.
  14. "Bergzoo-Pinguin Vreni wird zum TV-Star". (1 April 2015) Retrieved on 2015-06-14.
  15. "Francesca Anderson, English". Retrieved on 2016-08-18. "Credits – 2015 – Wanda (Billie's mum) – Dubbing – Billie and the Ghost – Disney Channel UK"
  16. Disney Channel – Programming Highlights December 2014 (6 November 2014) Archived from the original on 26 November 2014. Retrieved on 2014-11-14.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 "Binny und der Gesit – Egmont Schneiderbuch". Retrieved on 2014-11-15.
  18. "Binny und der Geist". Retrieved on 2014-08-05.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 "Binny und der Geist (2014: Folgen 6-13)". Retrieved on 2015-06-14.


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Anja Käumle (8 November 2013). "Disney Channel in Deutschland und teamWorx starten Dreharbeiten der gemeinsamen TV-Produktion BINNY UND DER GEIST (AT)". Retrieved on 2014-07-31.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ralf Döbele (8 November 2013). "Deutscher Disney Channel mit Eigenproduktion". Retrieved on 2014-07-31.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "TV-Tipp: "Binny und der Geist"". (22 March 2014) Retrieved on 2014-07-31.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Disney Channel startet erste eigene Serie im Oktober". Retrieved on 2014-09-26.
  5. ""Gegebenenfalls ändern wir einen eingeschlagenen Kurs"". Retrieved on 2016-01-24.
  6. "1 Jahr Disney Channel im Free-TV: Sender zieht positive Bilanz". Retrieved on 2015-01-15.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Zwei Jahre im Free-TV: Disney Channel schreibt Erfolgsgeschichte fort und startet mit Top-Programmen ins nächste Jahr". (17 January 2016) Retrieved on 2015-10-01.
  8. "Binny und der Geist - Folgenübersicht". Retrieved on 2016-05-14.
  9. Sidney Schering (14 November 2013). "Disney Channel im Free-TV: Storytelling, Humor, Emotion". Retrieved on 2014-07-30.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Uwe Mantel (8 November 2012). "Disney Channel wagt sich an Serien-Eigenproduktion". Retrieved on 2014-07-18.
  11. Torsten Zarges (24 October 2014). "Bei Disney darf man nicht 'Oh Gott!' sagen". Retrieved on 2014-12-05.
  12. "BINNY UND DER GEIST: Drehstart für neue Abenteuer". (16 March 2015) Retrieved on 2015-06-14.
  13. "BINNY UND DER GEIST gewinnt beim Goldenen Spatz 2015". (5 June 2015) Retrieved on 2015-06-14.
  14. "Bergzoo-Pinguin Vreni wird zum TV-Star". (1 April 2015) Retrieved on 2015-06-14.
  15. "Francesca Anderson, English". Retrieved on 2016-08-18. "Credits – 2015 – Wanda (Billie's mum) – Dubbing – Billie and the Ghost – Disney Channel UK"
  16. Disney Channel – Programming Highlights December 2014 (6 November 2014) Archived from the original on 26 November 2014. Retrieved on 2014-11-14.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 "Binny und der Gesit – Egmont Schneiderbuch". Retrieved on 2014-11-15.
  18. "Binny und der Geist". Retrieved on 2014-08-05.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 "Binny und der Geist (2014: Folgen 6-13)". Retrieved on 2015-06-14.


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