Germany's history in miniature and live on TV

BERLIN Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:08pm EDT

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Two German entertainers will use hundreds of Playmobil men to re-enact the history of Germany from 1949 until 1990 on live television, a spokeswoman for the production company said on Thursday.

The re-enactment is based on a 500-page book by German historian, Hans-Ulrich Wehler and will be aired on Thursday night on public channel ARD, said the spokeswoman for Bonito TV.

"We want to show that today's television still has something to do with culture," comedian Harald Schmidt told German daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).

Schmidt is known for having re-enacted other episodes of history, including the first moon landing, in the past using Playmobil figures which are less than 10 cm (4 inches) tall.

He has also presented renditions of Shakespeare's Hamlet and the biblical story of Noah's ark.

But this show will be more of a challenge than any of the previous ones, mainly because of the complicated plot and the number of toy figures involved, he told the paper.

If all the figures were lined up next to each other, they would span a distance of over 12 meters (39 ft 4.4 in), said FAZ.

Rehearsals have been going on for weeks for the performance which is planned to last for just 15 minutes.

(Reporting by Josie Cox)

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