With unpublished pictures: Kelly Family documentary on MDR today

Photo: MDR/ Thomas Stachelhaus

The 90-minute MDR documentary “The Kelly Family and the East” travels back into the past of the famous family of musicians.


The Kelly Family – world famous extended family, pop stars of the 90s with 20 million records sold. Now the family is opening a chapter in their almost 50-year band history that has never been told before: the broadcaster announces that it is going back to the stations in eastern Germany that were most formative for them. The 4 x 25-minute series has been on the air since September 14th ARD media library available. The 90-minute documentary “The Kelly Family and the East – On the Trails of the Past” can be seen today at 8:15 p.m. on MDR television.

Many people know that the Kelly Family has an eventful history. However, few people know that this story also played out in part in eastern Germany. In an exclusive documentary, MDR illuminates this story – together with five members of the extended musical family.

Kelly Family shows unpublished private recordings

Leipzig, Berlin, Rostock – the siblings Joey, Kathy, Paul, John and Jimmy return to special places in the former GDR. You remember the “Grenzer”, who were secret fans, the street concerts in Leipzig and the first appearance on the Saturday evening show on GDR television “Ein Kessel Buntes” at the end of October 1989, just a few days before the Wall came down. After the furious performance there was even the idea of ​​a GDR tour. However, German reunification preceded them.

Why the show brought them great popularity, Alexanderplatz has played a very special role ever since and how they ended up in Rostock – the five siblings tell their very own anecdotes with unpublished pictures from the family’s Kelly archive.

Text: MDR/ Editor: JN


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