Fritz Wepper 1970


German actor Fritz Wepper on a “Star of the Month” calendar poster in Bravo of 3 August 1970. Wepper was on TV at the time as junior police detective Harry Klein in the hugely popular series Der Kommissar. Towards the end of that series, he transferred — character and all — to the new detective series Derrick, where the titular character’s command to Harry to fetch the car has become a cultural reference in Germany.

He also appeared in the 1972 film Cabaret as Fritz Wendel, the guy who has a crush on Liza Minelli’s Sally Bowles. “And here’s the craziness: I like it. God damn it!”


Heintje 1968


Dutch child-star Heintje on a poster in a Bravo of August 1968.Heintje was massive; whole generations of Germans grew up with his Christmas albums. Heintje is Christmas.

The poster runs a double pun: “Drei Käse hoch”, meaning “Three-cheeses-high” is a German term for a kid who’s still small. Cheese is, of course, a product for which the Dutch are famous. Basil Fawlty was wrong: the Germans do have a sense of humour.

Here’s Heintje’s ubiquitous Christmas album (listen to it here, if you need to):

Bravo 31 July 1975 (+ Niki Lauda)


Bravo Girl of the Year 1975 Christiane Gött features on the cover of Bravo of 31 July 1975. That week 42 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:

• Sweet answer readers’ letters on a visit to the Bravo offices
• TV bosses want to cancel the Pop 75 music show
• Bay City Rollers drummer Derek Longmuir profiled
• David Cassidy and his pets (three dogs and a cat)
• Simon Williams, “The rebel of Eaton Place”, of British TV series Upstairs Downstairs

And here’s the kicker: on one spread, the left-hand page is a feature on the film Towering Inferno; on the right is an article on Austrian F1 racing champion Niki Lauda — who almost exactly a year later would be badly burnt in a crash at Germany’s Nürburgring. On one of the photos Lauda is seen with flame-retardant protective underwear (it makes him sweat).