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Stromberg
Format Comedy
Mockumentary
Created by Ricky Gervais
Stephen Merchant
Ralf Husmann
Starring Christoph Maria Herbst
Oliver Wnuk
Bjarne Mädel
Diana Staehly
Martina Eitner-Acheampong
Country of origin  Germany
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 36 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time approx. 0:22 to 0:28 (per episode)
Broadcast
Original channel ProSieben
Original run October 11, 2004 – present
External links
Official website

Stromberg (IPA: [ˈʃtɾɔmbeʁk]) is a German television series which is produced by Brainpool and broadcast on the commercial television channel ProSieben. Initially the producers claimed it was based on a character from a past ProSieben comedy, in spite of many elements resembling the BBC series The Office. Only after BBC threatened with legal action, credit was given to the creators of The Office, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.[1] The first season, which appeared in 2004, was made up of eight episodes. A second season of ten episodes, although not initially planned, was launched on September 11, 2005. A third season of eight episodes was launched on March 5, 2007. A fourth season was launched on November 3, 2009, with the entire season being available on DVD on November 6. The first three seasons can be watched online for free, courtesy of Brainpool.

The series became popular partly due to the actor playing Bernd Stromberg, Christoph Maria Herbst, and partly due to the Office-inspired script by Ralf Husmann. Herbst's real-to-life acting efforts made his character a cult figure among many Germans.

The show takes place at the office of the fictional insurance company “Capitol Versicherung AG”, (Capitol Insurance PLC) where the trivial day-to-day events take place in an eerie atmosphere oscillating between bullying and sycophancy.

In 2007, the success of the show spawned the mock “Chef - Deutsch / Deutsch - Chef. Klartext am Arbeitsplatz” (Boss-German/German-Boss: Straight Talk at Work). It was published under the advertising pseudonym of “Bernd Stromberg“ by German dictionary publishing company Langenscheidt shortly before the third season. [2] The book is a bestseller in Germany and topped the non-fiction charts of Der Spiegel.[3]

Cast

  • Christoph Maria Herbst as Bernd Stromberg
  • Bjarne Mädel as Berthold "Ernie" Heisterkamp
  • Oliver Wnuk as Ulf Steinke
  • Diana Staehly as Tanja Seifert
  • Martina Eitner-Acheampong as Erika Burstedt
  • Lars Gärtner as Timo Becker
  • Tatjana Alexander as Tatjana Berkel
  • Sinan Akkus as Sinan Turculu
  • Maja Beckmann as Sabine "Sabbel" Buhrer
  • Simon Licht as Hans-Jürgen Wehmeyer
  • Peter Rütten as Mr. Pötsch
  • Milena Dreißig as Jennifer Schirrmann
  • Laurens Walter as Lars Lehnhoff
  • Angelika Richter as Nicole Rückert
  • Walter Gontermann as Dr. Heinemann
  • Frank Montenbruck as Frank Montenbruck
  • Joe Henselewski as Josef Müller
  • Rita Winkelmann as Rita Klüver
  • Prashant Prabhakar as Prashant Kumabandhu
  • Stefan Lampadius as Steffen Lambert
  • Nadja Becker as Maja Decker
  • Dorothea Förtsch as Dorothea Förtsch
  • Andreas Hermann as Andreas Hermann
  • Suzanna Landsfried as Mrs. Landsfried
  • Ralf Husmann as Hans Schmelzer

References

External links

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