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What do the British really think of the Germans? That’s what British anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota wants to find out – regardless of the consequences. So, in a 1966 VW camper called “Grace”, she is setting off on a voyage of discovery across Great Britain. In the series “Best of Enemies” she meets compatriots who have put those clichés of the “Hun” behind them and are ready to take a new look at German technology, German football, and even German humour.

“The history between our two countries is rich and tangled. We’ve been the best of friends, the worst of enemies, but how do people feel now about our German cousins? This adventure took me the length and breadth of the country, and the people I met and opinions I heard were refreshing, shocking and hilarious in equal measure! From Brahms to Bratwurst, we’ve got a lot to say about Germans!" (Mary-Ann Ochota)
Moderatorin Mary-Ann Ochota

Mary-Ann Ochota

Mary-Ann Ochota is an anthropologist, author and journalist. She lives in London.

Her work sees her criss-cross the globe, from Chernobyl’s exclusion zone via the Algerian Sahara to the slums of Dhaka and Delhi – and with 17 camels across Australia’s Simpson Desert.

Mary-Ann has presented numerous TV and radio programmes for British and American broadcasters, including the BBC and the National Geographic and Discovery Networks. Now, for the first time, she is on camera for German educational channel ARD-Alpha.


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