100 Jahre - Der Countdown

100 Jahre – Der Countdown
StarringGuido Knopp
Country of originGermany
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes100
Original networkZDF
Original release1999 (1999) –
1999 (1999)

100 Jahre – Der Countdown (English - 100 Years - The Countdown) is a German documentary television series produced by Zolcer TV. It was first broadcast in 1999 on ZDF. The host of the series is Guido Knopp. Most of the 100 episodes focus on a single event in a given year. The total length of the series is about 16 12 hours. The series was first broadcast on the last 100 days of 1999, one episode after the daily news cast ZDF Heute-Journal [de]. Since New Year's Eve 1999 the full length of "100 Jahre" is broadcast several times a year by Phoenix.


Each of the ten-minute episodes begins with a title. It first shows the Earth from space. As earth comes closer into view, the series title track plays along with historic recordings. These are:

"Three, Two, One" - Apollo 11 countdown

"I Have a Dream" - Martin Luther King Jr.

"Do you want total war?" - Joseph Goebbels

"We choose freedom!" - Konrad Adenauer

"I am a Berliner" - John F. Kennedy

"The wall must go!" - Willy Brandt

"We are the people!" - Monday demonstrations in East Germany

After the opening crs three events of the year are briefly shown followed by an introduction. In this we see the Earth again before the featured year is displayed and the view through the closed hallmark of the second-ranked 9 on the respective continent zooms. After this begins the actual sequence that is about the last-mentioned event. This is used as a hook for a more detailed consideration of the topic, not limited only to the year. Several of the previously mentioned issues are addressed briefly in other episodes.

The individual effects are rotated so that when taken by itself conclusive, and the knowledge from previous episodes is not necessarily required. For example, in the wake of falling to his knees in Warsaw (1970) again reported a lot about the Warsaw ghetto, with The Boy from Warsaw (1943) having its own segment.

No known episode was made for 1902, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1910, 1915, 1921, 1931, 1935, 1950, 1952, 1957, 1971, 1973, 1984 and 1996. The year 1999 is also omitted. The years 1922, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1941, 1943, 1945, 1954, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1974, 1986 and 1991, however, had two episodes, and for 1953, three.

The zooming into the continents is usually to Europe, followed by North America and Asia. South America was rarely shown, only twice (1960 - Operation Eichmann, 1982 - The Falklands War); Antarctica and Australia are not shown at all.


The documentary is divided into ten chapters:

Chapter 1: World on the Move[]

Chapter 2: Trench Warfare[]

Chapter 3: Crazy Years[]

Chapter 4: Hitler in power[]

Chapter 5: Total war[]

Chapter 6: New Beginning[]

Chapter 7: Cold War[]

Chapter 8: Changing World[]

Chapter 9: Reversing years[]

Chapter 10: Changing World[]

The series has been released on DVD. The contributions marked with * are not included on the DVD release.

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