The “TV Garden” presents cult hits. More than 75 years of hit history are on stage. Then comes the surprise guest Jürgen Drews.

“Thunder, look at you,” Andrea Kiewel cheers on her show. “There can’t be more concentrated success in a music show.” This “television garden” is for the cult hits from the golden age of hits. The guests are accordingly elderly: Wencke Myhre, Katja Ebstein, Bernhard Brink, Angelika Milster, Cindy Berger and Ireen Sheer as well as Wolfgang Ziegler, G. G. Anderson, Martin Mann and Dorthe Kollo. The Schlager team is around 750 years old. In over 35 years of “Summer, Sunday, TV Garden!” there has probably never been one! Kiwi rejoices: “Wow, that’s great again with us!” The Schlager box is full to the brim.

But first comes magician Hans Klok. As if out of nowhere, he and one of his pretty assistants appear in glass boxes. “How do you do that?” Kiwi wants to know somewhat naively. Rarely have magicians discussed their tricks in front of a large audience. In return, Kiwi reveals a secret about Bernhard Brink. “He once made a Roman pot with me when I was cooking for a celebrity. You couldn’t eat it,” recalls Kiewel. “But it was one of the top 5 funniest nights ever.” Brink celebrates 50 years on stage. In 1972 he made it into the ZDF hit parade. “I stand here with humility and pride,” explains Brink. As a teenager, he secretly took singing lessons because he was so impressed by his uncle’s three-piece band. When he told his parents that he wanted to be a singer, they only said that he must have gone crazy.

Andrea Kiewel also finds out that it is Lerchenberg guest Mark’s birthday. What does he want, a wedding? she asks. It’s just stupid that Mark’s husband is sitting right next to him. “Then maybe a divorce,” jokes Kiwi and gives a tip for long marriages. “The glass is always half full and not half empty.” Then she lets the audience guess hit titles and also asks two men who wear Mainzelmännchen T-shirts. When Kiewel asks about the duo’s relationship, it turns out that the two guys are also married to each other. Schlager connects! Instead of more hits, however, there are kicks. Martial artist Sami from Frankfurt wants to use so-called high kicks to kick through 20 styrofoam plates in 60 seconds, which are 2.10 meters above his head. He only manages 13 pieces and Kiwi knows: “You have to train perseverance.”

You really can’t accuse singer Wencke Myhr of not having enough stamina. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier recently awarded her a medal and said: “Wencke Myhre has opened doors and hearts in Norway and Germany.” As if on command, the “Fernsehgarten” guests dance happily to the “bright red rubber boat”. Kiwi says: “Lerchenberg is pregnant with happiness. It’s so nice when the audience is happy.” Then the Danish singer Dorthe Kollo sings her song about the “Count of Luxembourg”. The woman, who was once married to Rene Kollo, had her breakthrough at the age of eight, and at the age of twelve there was her first gold record. “Dorthe, I love you!” calls Kiwi. Then it gets sentimental.

Ireen Sheer has tears in her eyes. “A goodbye is like a new life,” she says. It is her 32nd appearance in the “Fernsehgarten” and probably the last. “I’m retiring from the stage life. It’s very hard, but I love you all so much,” says the singer. “The TV garden was always something very special for me.” Kiwi replies: “Thank you for your skills, for your art and the music. Ireen Sheer is simply a television garden.” Sheer is presented with 32 roses and says: “I already miss you and love you all.” Then she is gone and the “bed in the cornfield” comes.

“A surprise guest is coming that we didn’t announce,” moderates Andrea Kiewel. “It’s the King of Mallorca or Uncle Jürgen”. Schlager legend Jürgen Drews also stops performing on stage. The singer suffers from a nervous disease. “I’m doing great,” he says defiantly and tries a few unsteady dance steps. The audience cheers. Drews says, “Maybe I should have stopped more often. I’ve never had such success.” The singer in the blue jacket sings his “Bed in the Cornfield” again and says: “I will always remember you.”

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