FFP New Media has produced two TV movies during autumn and winter for ARD:


KUCKUCK (WT): MARGOT MUST STAY is the pilot episode of a planned series about an unconventional bailiff, portraying her eventful professional activities and her no less turbulent private life


Impounding poisonous snakes or getting an environmental activist down from a tree that is about to be felled – that's all part of everyday life for the Mainz bailiff Billy Kuckuck. On the other hand, cases like that of 80-year-old Margot Kühlborn, who is to be evicted from the apartment she has called home for the last 50 years because the owner claims he needs it for his own purposes, are not so easy for Billy to put out of her mind. Otherwise, she is a bailiff through and through – tough, but with a big heart!


Drehstartfoto KUCKUCK (AT): v. l. Gregor Bloéb, Aglaia Szyszkowitz und Regisseur Jan Růžička


Alongside Aglaia Szyszkowitz in the title role of Billy Kuckuck the production also features Gregor Bloéb as her unfaithful ex-husband and Ursela Monn as Billy‘s exhausting mother.       


KUCKUCK (AT): MARGOT MUSS BLEIBEN is an FFP New Media production commissioned by SWR and ARD Degeto. It is written by Kirsten Peters, the director is Jan Růžička, and Gunnar Fuß is the cameraman. Claudia Gerlach-Benz (SWR) and Stefan Kruppa (Degeto) are the commissioning editors. The film is scheduled to be broadcast on a Friday in May 2018 on ARD.


The second FFP production, THE HOMEBOY (AT), is for ARD Degeto (commissioning editor Carolin Haasis), a bitter-sweet comedy about a fateful three-way relationship:


Armin has virtually abandoned any hope of finding happiness in the perpetual struggle of life – until he meets the woman of his dreams at last. Everything with Tina could be simply perfect... if it weren’t for her son Hendrik, a 25-year-old failed artist with a looming presence who still lives at home and won’t tolerate another man anywhere near his beloved mummy. Soon Hendrik declares war on Armin, who has no choice but to engage in a bitter though surreptitious struggle with Tina’s unpleasant offspring, if he wants to keep the woman he loves…


The production features Francis Fulton-Smith, Carin C. Tietze and Florentin Will in the leading roles. The script is by Claudius Pläging, the director is Franziska Meyer Price, and Felix Cramer is the cameraman. 


THE HOMEBOY (AT) is scheduled to be broadcast on a Friday in 2018 on ARD.

Franziska Meyer Price (Regie), Francis Fulton-Smith, Carin C. Tietze, Florentin Will

In addition to six ROSAMUNDE PILCHER TV movies for ZDF, this year FFP New Media has produced for ARD Degeto THE NANNY: MISSION MAURITIUS, the pilot episode of a new TV series for ARD.


Three FFP New Media productions will premiere on German Television

Friday 20 October will see the launch of a new TV series planned for Degato; the comedy THE NANNY: MISSION MAURITIUS (directed by Peter Gersina and written by Martin Rauhaus) is showing at 20:15 on ARD.

Saskia Vester takes the leading role as Henni Höfner, a woman in her early 60s who may have no training whatsoever but, thanks to her inventive ideas, unlimited energy and wide experience of life, becomes the most unusual nanny in the whole wide world. Henni’s first job takes her to the beautiful island of Mauritius. She has been hired by widowed hotel manager Dieter Waldner as a nanny for his children; running the hotel and looking after his kids is simply too much for him...


The cast also includes Stephan Grossmann, Susanna Simon, Jürgen Tonkel, Elodie Venece, Anton Petzold and Pia Soppa.

On Wednesday 1 October ARD is broadcasting A GOOD MOTHER at 20:15. This thrilling TV drama commissioned by NDR and Degato is directed by Claudia Garde and written by Christian Jeltsch; it was premiered during the summer at the Munich Film Festival and presented at the Festival of German Films in Ludwigshafen.

Mona and Greta meet at the sea: single mother Mona (Petra Schmidt-Schaller) has brought her children to the small town on the Baltic where she grew up… so she can say farewell to this world. But she encounters local police inspector Greta (Mina Tander), who was also born here and now plans to turn her back on her job, her boyfriend and her mother. When Mona’s daughter suddenly vanishes in mysterious circumstances it causes a huge commotion, and Greta throws herself into the task of finding the missing girl and revealing the grim secrets behind a mother who is ultimately not entirely alien to her…


A GOOD MOTHER also features Axel Milberg, Judy Winter, Juri Winkler, Lisa-Marie Trense, Lucas Prisor, Jenny Elvers, Marek Harloff, Gerdy Zint and Werner Wölbern.

Comedy satire WITH ONE BLOW, directed by Lars Becker and written by Christian Jeltsch, is premiered on Wednesday 8 November at 20:15 on ZDF.

The top-calibre farce features Hinnerk Schönemann as charming eccentric Felix Grünler, a high-voltage electrician obsessed with organic life. After various blows of fate and intrigues he is wrongly committed to a psychiatric institution and has to employ all his powers in order to escape – only to discover that he will have to confront his own personal trauma after all…


The cast also includes Lisa Maria Potthoff, Sahin Eryilmaz, Sascha Reimann alias Ferris MC, Kurt Krömer, Marlene Morreis, Sophie Rois, Peter Lohmeyer, Therese Hämer, Armin Rohde, Claudia Eisinger, Alexander Scheer, Barbara Philipp and Marleen Lohse.