German TV Awards unveils nominees

Public broadcasters again dominate the nominations

COLOGNE, Germany -- German TV continues to look back for inspiration, as evidenced by the dominance of historic dramas among this year's nominees for the German TV Awards.

Sat.1's two-part miniseries "Wir sind das Volk" (We are the People), about the events leading to the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago, is the frontrunner with six nominations, followed by 1970s docu-drama "Mogadischu" from public broadcaster ARD, which tracks the infamous hijacking of a Lufthansa flight in 1977 by left-wing terrorists.

Other frontrunners include the ZDF drama "Ein halbes Leben" (Half a life), a drama about a father's unending search for the man who killed his daughter, which also grabbed six nominations and ZDF's "Die Wolfe" (The Wolves), another historic docu-drama, set in the 1940s, which earned three nominations.

Germany's public broadcasters again dominated the nominations, with state-backed broadcasters picking up 40 of the 65 mentions. RTL led the commercial broadcasters, with six nominations, followed by Sat.1 with four and ProSieben with three.

The 2009 German TV Awards will be held in Cologne Sept. 26.