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Danke Anke!



Danke Anke!

Ever since 1998 viewers have had the opportunity to celebrate a very "Merry Christmas" with comedian Anke Engelke.

In 2003 SAT.1 once again presented its popular Christmas show with Anke Engelke in her "best role" as a charming, funny and entertaining hostess. She led the way through a Christmas gala chock full of laughs, entertainment and dazzling guest stars: from comedian to film star, from romantic violinist to cool rock ’n roller – they all stopped by bearing gifts and shared Christmas music or simply brought good cheer.

Germany’s most attractive female film star, Katja Riemann, told Anke about her upcoming career plans. She won the "Golden Palm" last year in Venice for her outstanding work as an actress. But she’s also an accomplished musician, on the road to success with her "Katja Riemann Octet".

Comedy colleague and Christmas fan Michael Mittermeier celebrated his TV comeback, exclusively on Anke Engelke’s show. After one year’s absence from the screen, he presented his new programme for the first time on "Danke Anke!". His wife Gudrun, alias Somersault, performed a track from her new album, "By Your Side".

German-American dream couple Dana and Til Schweiger also honoured Anke with a visit. They have moved back from Malibu and are now living in Hamburg with their four children. They chatted with Anke Engelke about the differences between Christmas in Germany and America and about their future plans.

TV host Stefan Raab also dropped in briefly to see his favourite colleague Anke Engelke. As always, his slogan was: "We’re running out of time!" Nevertheless, he brought with him some footage from last year’s funniest shoot, when Anke and Stefan went Christmas shopping! It was worth making time for...

Pop star Sasha has already put in a sparkling appearance at Anke’s party once before. This time he came in the guise of Dick Brave with his band, The Backbeats, to get the party really rocking!
What woman doesn’t dream of spending a day with André Rieu? For Anke Engelke it was a dream come true when she spent an entire day as personal assistant to the Belgian star violinist. She ironed his shirts, made him coffee, polished his violin, chased the paparazzi away... Are the two soon to go public as the new show business dream team? Or is Rieu already frantically searching for a new assistant?

Men and women are simply not made to get along. This was made perfectly clear when we saw how Atze Schröder and Anke Engelke celebrated Christmas together. It was like two worlds colliding. And not only because Atze was much more civilized than Anke!

Last but not least, Star Search winner and stand-up comedian Ingo Oschmann let "Danke Anke!" viewers know just what he thought of Christmas.

The big SAT.1 Christmas Party with Anke Engelke -- comedy & rock ’n roll, with guest stars including Michael Mittermeier, Sasha, Til Schweiger, André Rieu, Atze Schröder and Ingo Oschmann, was lastly broadcast on Tuesday, December 23, 2003 at 8:15 p.m. on SAT.1.


Executive Producer: Ralf Günther
Host: Anke Engelke    
Start date: 23.12.1998    
Length: 90 min
Shows: 6