Verbotene Liebe (internationally known as Forbidden Love, commonly abbreviated to VL) is an German television soap opera, first broadcast on Das Erste on January 2nd, 1995. . The show is about the lives and loves of both young and older characters, focused on the two major German cities of Cologne and Düsseldorf. Currently the focus is on the aristocratic Von Lahnstein family and the middle-class Brandner family. Veteran actors Gabriele Metzger and Konrad Krauss are the only remaining original cast members. There is generally a high turnover of younger cast members.
The soap tackles controversial issues, such as drug abuse, rape, adultery, homosexuality, incest and deadly diseases. The majority of the footage is taped in the studios of the Magic Media Company in Cologne-Ossendorf. Episodes regularly feature footage shot on location in Cologne and Düsseldorf and the surrounding areas of both cities. There are 23 fixed sets and 7 interchangeable sets on a floor span of 1270 square metres. The viewers of this soap are varied, ranging from small children to senior citizens. The soap celebrated its 10th anniversary in January 2005.
In 2008, the show received international attention with the love story of the gay couple Christian and Olli. They featured a story on the British magazine 'reFRESH' and another article was featured in the September 23rd issue of Soap Opera Weekly.
The affecting story about the two siblings to protract over 500 Episodes. After that, the storyline changed and new characters came into the show. But the theme was still the same - a show about love and intrigues. Most characters took care of the loving and the others took care of being beasts or villains. In the beginning that was Clarissa (Isa Jank) and Tanja (Miriam Lahnstein).
The story of Jan and Julia had changed and returned with the love story of Henning von Anstetten (Patrick Fichte) and Marie von Beyenbach (Solveig Duda). They were a dream couple, but Tanja wanted to marry Henning, because of his money. She fakes a DNA-Test and made Henning and Marie believe that they are half-siblings. Marie and Henning were desperate and went into relationships with other people. When the truth came out, Henning and Marie were reunited and got married. But on their wedding day Henning died, after a fight with Marie's ex-boyfriend.
A reunion of the "brother and sister"-story came in 2006, when the young Sarah Hofmann (Sina-Valeska Jung) came to Düsseldorf to find her biological mother. She began to work on Königsbrunn Castle and met Leonard von Lahnstein (Lars Korten) and fell in love with him. Her biological mother turned out to be Elke Käppler (Elke Bludau), the head maid of the castle. She is against the relationship between Sarah and Leonard, because her biggest secret is in danger. Sarah is the daughter of Johannes von Lahnstein (Thomas Gumpert). In 2007 Leonard decided to marry another woman, Jana Brandner (Vanessa Jung), but - on his wedding-day - he finds out that he is not Johannes' biological son. After this, Leonard has a hard time trying to deal with the fact that Adrian Degenhardt (Klaus Zmorek) is his real father and that Sarah isn't his half sister. He keeps that secret for awhile, but Sarah finds out about it, after her husband Gregor Mann (Andreas Jancke) gets a letter from Adrian. She struggles with her feelings, but by the time she finds out she is pregnant with Gregor's child and she sees no future for Leonard and her. Later, Leonard tells Jana the truth and she feels threatened by Sarah. She proves herself right when she finds out that Leonard and Sarah slept together once when they were already married. Jana can't forgive Leonard and leaves him, but he fights for her and wants to start a new life with her in Chicago. Jana gives her marriage another chance and makes peace with Sarah, before they leave Düsseldorf for good. But then Jana overhears when Sarah tells Leonard that she still loves him and that he can't leave her. Jana runs away after a fight with Sarah, but Sarah follows her. They end up together in a terrible car accident.
|Kristina Dörfer||Olivia Schneider||2006-|
|Diana Frank||Katja Brandner||2008-|
|Wolfram Grandezka||Ansgar von Lahnstein||2004-|
|Katrin Heß||Judith Hagendorf||2008-|
|Claudia Hiersche||Carla von Lahnstein||2003-|
|Andreas Jancke||Gregor Mann||2005-|
|Sina-Valeska Jung||Sarah Hofmann||2006-|
|Joscha Kiefer||Sebastian von Lahnstein||2007-|
|Sven Koller||David Brandner||2008-|
|Lars Korten||Leonard von Lahnstein||2004-|
|Konrad Krauss||Arno Brandner||1995-|
|Gabriele Metzger||Charlie Schneider||1995-|
|Miriam Lahnstein||Tanja von Lahnstein||1995-1998, 2001, 2004-|
|Jasmin Lord||Rebecca von Lahnstein||2008-|
|Milan Marcus||Constantin von Lahnstein||2004-|
|Thomas Ohrner||Matthias Brandner||2008-|
|Martina Servatius||Elisabeth von Lahnstein||1999-|
|Thore Schölermann||Christian Mann||2006-|
|Theresa Underberg||Lydia Brandner||2008-|
|Jo Weil||Oliver Sabel||1999-2002, 2007-|
|Jenny Winkler||Nathalie von Lahnstein||2004-|
|Klaus Zmorek||Adrian Degenhardt||2007-|
|Romina Becks||Miriam Pesch|
|Shalyn Casar||Waitress Lina|
|Antonius Hermlin||Jens Kramer|
|Ursula Heyer||Annegret Wittkamp|
|Monica Ivancan||Kitty Kübler|
|Daniel & Simon Kühn||Hannes von Lahnstein|
|Claus Thull-Emden||Butler Justus Stiehl|
VL aired weekdays at 5.55 PM on Das Erste from 1995 to December 2007. In the 90's the Network aired in the moring with repeats of old episodes. Then in December 2006 the new Pay-TV Network Passion airs with the first episodes from the year 1995. Since 7 January 2008 the new episodes of Verbotene Liebe airs at 6 PM on Das Erste. The network changed the airtime, because of the RTL-Soap ''Unter uns.
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