Germany's history in miniature and live on TV

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Two German entertainers will use hundreds of Playmobil men to re-enact the history of Germany from 1949 until 1990 on live television, a spokeswoman for the production company said on Thursday.

The re-enactment is based on a 500-page book by German historian, Hans-Ulrich Wehler and will be aired on Thursday night on public channel ARD, said the spokeswoman for Bonito TV.

"We want to show that today's television still has something to do with culture," comedian Harald Schmidt told German daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).

Schmidt is known for having re-enacted other episodes of history, including the first moon landing, in the past using Playmobil figures which are less than 10 cm (4 inches) tall.

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