Peter Alexander präsentiert Spezialitäten (Peter Alexander presents Specialties) was a popular German variety show that ran from 1969 until 1978 on German, Swiss, and Austrian TV. As the title suggests, the show was hosted by Austrian entertainer Peter Alexander.

The Muppets made several special guest appearances. While the main show was taped at Studio Hamburg, the Muppet segments were taped on their New York City and London sets, respectively:

Peter Alexander präsentiert Spezialitäten #10

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This special anniversary show aired as a Christmas special on November 27, 1975 on ZDF. Peter visited the US set of Sesame Street, and sang the German version of the "Sesame Street Theme" (heard here for the first and only time), as well as a German version of "Sing." He danced with Big Bird, and sang with Kermit (who shortly appeared "naked," without his trademark collar just like in Sam and Friends), Ernie dressed in Bavarian lederhosen, Bert dressed as Santa Claus, and Cookie Monster. Alexander also met up with Oscar the Grouch. The characters were performed by Caroll Spinney (Big Bird and Oscar), Jim Henson (Kermit), Jerry Nelson (Ernie), Richard Hunt (Bert) and Frank Oz (Cookie Monster). The voices were later dubbed for German audiences. The show ranked #1 in 1975, with 38 million viewers in Germany alone (not counting Swiss and Austrian audiences). The Sesame part of the special was taped on October 27 and 28, 1975 at Channel 5.[1]

Peter Alexander präsentiert Spezialitäten #11

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This show aired on December 1st, 1977 on ZDF, the network that first aired Die Muppet Show in Germany only two days later. Peter visited the set of The Muppet Show to introduce it to German audiences, and met Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, The Swedish Chef and Mahna Mahna. The segment includes "The Muppet Show Theme," a performance of "Mahna Mahna" (with the Snowths, taken directly from The Muppet Show), a song with Miss Piggy, and one with Kermit (during which Jim Henson's vocals can be heard briefly). In one skit, Alexander attempts to cook with the Chef, yet fails miserably. The characters were performed by the original Muppeteers, and later dubbed for German audiences. Credited are Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, John Lovelady, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, Eren Ozker and Jim Henson.

Video releases

On November 3, 2017, Fernsehjuwelen GmbH (Alive - Vertrieb und Marketing/DVD) released Peter Alexander: Die Spezialitäten Show - Komplettbox, a 7 DVD boxed set including both specials.[2]

External links

Sources

  1. Jim Henson's Red Book - October 28, 2011
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