Grimme Awards to Joko Show and Bjarne Mädel


A quiz show by the entertainer Joko Winterscheidt, a report on corona intensive care patients and a thriller with an anxious inspector have won the coveted Grimme Prize. On Tuesday in Essen, the Grimme jury announced a total of 19 prizes and honors for this year.

About the award for the ProSieben format “Who’s stealing the show?” Grimme director Frauke Gerlach said: “Joko Winterscheidt gives up control. That’s what makes it exciting.” In the show, candidates can take on the role of quiz master. “It is remarkable that creativity in the entertainment sector was able to successfully break up the oppressive everyday life in media reporting during the pandemic,” praised the jury.

Bjarne Mädel receives two awards

The also honored report “Charité intensive : Station 26” (RBB) about the Corona winter 1964/21 in a Berlin intensive care unit. “”Charité intensive” preserves a piece of everyday hospital life during a pandemic that is not at all everyday. And, by the way, tells stories of true heroes,” was the reasoning.

Two Grimme awards gets the actor and director Bjarne Mädel. His excellent thriller “Sörensen hat Angst” about a commissioner in the Frisian provinces focuses on the hero’s anxiety disorder – right down to the camera work. “If you have an anxiety disorder, the reaction always comes: Don’t be so rude,” said Mädel on Tuesday in Essen. He has already set Sven Stricker’s thriller to music as a radio play. Mädel gets his second Grimme Prize 2022 for the drama “Delivered” about a parcel deliverer who is first flashed and then loses his job.

The Grimme prices will be on 26. August in the Marl Theater at a big gala. They are regarded as Germany’s most prestigious trophy for quality television.

This year, Katrin Eigendorf (ZDF) received the award for “Special Journalistic Achievement” for her “excellent reporting on the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan,” according to the Grimme jury . The entertainer and comedian Anke Engelke received a special honor from the award sponsor of the German Adult Education Association (DVV). Engelke keeps holding up a mirror to us “with her unique irony,” said DVV President Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

The broadcasting concept of “Am Limit?! Now we’re talking!” (HR) put children and young people in the foreground and let them tell about their personal experiences and limitations in the corona pandemic, according to the jury. Christine Rütten and Petra Boberg were awarded the special prize for this concept.

“Freitagnacht Jews” shows everyday Jewish life

For the documentary film “Schwarze Adler” about racism in football the author and director Torsten Körner received a Grimme Prize. The jury judged that the film, with images that are sometimes difficult to bear, tells the story of how black national players were publicly declared exotic and insulted for decades. The recordings and interviews not only brought tears to his eyes, but sometimes also the entire team, Körner said on Tuesday.

“Friday Night Jews” – a talk show – was also awarded with food and drink, to which the actor and musician Daniel Donskoy invites Jewish people to the WDR studio. “The alcohol is really there – it’s often vodka,” he said on Tuesday. “Finally a show that focuses on the diversity of Jewish life in Germany,” the jury found. “Daniel Donskoy speaks with his guests relentlessly openly, humorously and at the same time profoundly about the many facets of Jewish life,” praised WDR director Tom Buhrow.

From more than 760 Submissions had been nominated by the Grimme Institute 74 for the award. The award has been presented annually since 1964. (dpa)

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