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Binny and the Ghost
Binny und der Geist-Logo.png
Genre Crime, Fantasy, Comedy
Created by Vivien Hoppe
Steffi Ackermann
Starring
  • Johannes Hallervorden
  • Merle Juschka
  • Katharina Kaali
  • Steffen Groth
  • Eliz Tabea Thrun
  • Stefan Weinert
  • Stefan Becker
  • Robert Köhler
Music by Jan Weigel
Country of origin Germany
Original language(s) German
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 23
Production
Executive producer(s) Sebastian Werninger
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) UFA Fiction
Release
Original network Disney Channel (Germany)
Original release 23 March 2013 (2013-03-23) – 15 May 2016 (2016-05-15)

Binny and the Ghost, or Billie and the Ghost in the United Kingdom (German: Binny und der Geist) is a German television series produced by UFA Fiction on behalf of Disney Channel's GSA. The series was created by producer Steffi Ackermann and author Vivien Hoppe. The pilot episode was first broadcast on Disney Channel Germany, on 23 March 2013, which was followed by the first episode of the first season on 26 October 2014. Disney Channel Germany gave the green light for the production of a second season in January 2015, which was first shown on 10 April 2016.

The finale of Binny and the Ghost was broadcast on 15 May 2016 by German Disney Channel.

Plot

Binny is thirteen and moves with her parents from Hamburg to Berlin, where they move into an old abandoned villa. But Binny quickly notices that the villa is not so deserted after all, because a ghost named Melchior lives in her room. But Melchior, who was born in 1900, knows neither why he is a ghost nor what happened to his family. Two completely different worlds collide. And Binny decides to get rid of Melchior. To do this, she has to help Melchior to uncover the secret of his past. Only in this way can Melchior be freed from his ghost form.

As a result, the two teenagers are often involved in dangerous situations and must solve crimes together. Binny and Melchior help people as well as ghosts whose bodies are trapped in the human world as long as their last task is not fulfilled. And the Watch Hunters in particular want to prevent Binny and Melchior from discovering the truth about the magical watches and the spirit world.

Production

Filming

Shooting the pilot episode began on 9 November 2012 in Berlin and the surrounding area, followed by the first season of Binny and the Ghost. Filming of the first season continued until autumn 2014. The long timescale was due, among other reasons, to the availability of the main actors which was restricted to the school holidays. Filming of the second season began on 13 March 2015 and continued until the end of 2015. One episode of the second season was filmed in the zoo on the Reilsberg in Halle.

Cast and characters

Main

  • Merle Juschka as Binny Baumann (British voice actor: Abigail Morgan)
  • Johannes Hallervorden as Melchior von und zu Panke (British voice actor: Roman Kemp)
  • Katharina Kaali as Wanda Baumann (British voice actor: Francesca Anderson)
  • Steffen Groth as Ronald Baumann (British voice actor: Brendan McCoy)
  • Eliz Tabea Thrun as Luca Schuster
  • Stefan Weinert as Hubertus van Horas (season 1)
  • Stefan Becker as Bodo
  • Robert Köhler as Rhett Thorn (season 2)

Recurring

  • Inga Busch as Steffi Schubert
  • Anselm Bresgott as Mark
  • Patrick von Blume as Principal Rötig
  • Paul Maximilian Schüller as Martin
  • Hoang Dang-Vu as Jan
  • Lucas Reiber as Niklas Neudecker

Season 1 (2013-15)

No. Title Directed by Written by Original Germany
air date
Original UK
air date
1 "The Secret Roommate"
"Der heimliche Mitbewohner"
Sven Bohse Vivien Hoppe 23 March 2013 (2013-03-23) 27 July 2015
2 "Poof went the Weasel"
"Und es hat Puff gemacht"
Nico Zingelmann Vivien Hoppe 2 November 2014 (2014-11-02) 28 July 2015
3 "Madame Boo"
"Madame Buh"
Nico Zingelmann Vivien Hoppe 9 November 2014 (2014-11-09) 3 August 2015
4 "A Dog and his Boy"
"Auf den Hund gekommen"
Nico Zingelmann Vivien Hoppe 16 November 2014 (2014-11-16) 4 August 2015
5 "Team-Spirit"
"Team-Geist"
Nico Zingelmann Vivien Hoppe 23 November 2014 (2014-11-23) 10 August 2015
6 "Crash and Cash"
"Bei Crash Cash"
Nico Zingelmann Vivien Hoppe 30 November 2014 (2014-11-30) 11 August 2015
7 "The Art Thief"
"Der Kunstraub"
Nico Zingelmann Vivien Hoppe 7 December 2014 (2014-12-07) 17 August 2015
8 "Horse Play"
"Auf's Pferd gekommen"
Nico Zingelmann Vivien Hoppe 14 December 2014 (2014-12-14) 18 August 2015
9 "The Pesky Posts"
"Die Posting Pest"
Nico Zingelmann Vivien Hoppe 21 December 2014 (2014-12-21) 24 August 2015
10 "In The Forest"
"Im Wald"
Andy Fetscher Vivien Hoppe 28 December 2014 (2014-12-28) 25 August 2015
11 "The School Ball"
"Der Schulball"
Andy Fetscher Vivien Hoppe 4 January 2015 (2015-01-04) 31 August 2015
12 "Lady Diamond"
"Lady Diamond"
Andy Fetscher Vivien Hoppe 11 January 2015 (2015-01-11) 1 September 2015
13 "Ice, Ice Binny"
"Ice, Ice Binny"
Andy Fetscher Vivien Hoppe 18 January 2015 (2015-01-18) 1 September 2015

Broadcast

A pilot episode was previewed on the Disney Channel in Germany, on 23 March 2013. Due to the success of the pilot, a complete first season with 13 episodes was ordered. Regular broadcast in Germany started on 26 October 2014.

The series had its premiere on Disney Channel in Europe, Middle East and Africa on 13 December 2014. Disney Channel in the United Kingdom announced that it would premiere the series on 27 July 2015 at 5:00pm under the title Billie and The Ghost. The characters Binny and Melchior were renamed Billie and Malcolm respectively.

The first episode of Season 2 was first broadcast in Germany on 10 April 2016.

Adaptations and DVD release

Books

Starting in September 2014, Egmont Schneiderbuch has published a series of books written by Mark Stichler to accompany the series.

Band Original Title Release Date (DE) Pages Ref.
1 Binny und der Geist – Der geheimnisvolle Mitbewohner 4 September 2014 160
2 Binny und der Geist – Madame Buh
3 Binny und der Geist – Der Geisterstürmer 5 March 2015
4 Binny und der Geist – Der Kunstraub 3 September 2015

DVD

The complete first season of Binny and the Ghost was released on DVD in Germany on 22 January 2015.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2013 Goldener Spatz Series/Serial Sven Bohse Nominated
2015 Goldener Spatz Series/Serial (Episode: "Horse Play") Nico Zingelmann Won
Weißer Elefant - Filmfest München TV-Series/Movies Nico Zingelmann Nominated
Steffi Ackermann Nominated
Andy Fetscher Nominated
Kinder-Medien-Preis - Der weiße Elefant Best Newcomer Actor Johannes Hallervorden Won
Best Newcomer Actress Merle Juschka Won
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