TV Series “Ritter’s Cove”, CBC (Canada) / “Die Kuestenpiloten”, ZDF (West Germany)

A TV series from the early 1980s, co-produced by Canadian CBC and West-German ZDF networks, starring Hans Caninenberg (Karl Ritter), Susan Hogan (Kate Ashcroft) and others.

Plot Outline

The Ritter family run an air taxi business using an iconic DHC-2 “Beaver” floats-fitted airplane along the scenic coast of British Columbia, Canada, and run into numerous adventures and situations in the process.

Plot Summary

Karl Ritter’s (Hans Caninenberg) runs into many an adventurous situation operating his Canadian air taxi business along the British Columbia coastline featured in this TV series, co-produced by Canadian CBC and West-German ZDF television networks (German title “Die Küstenpiloten”) in the early 1980s. Featuring a legendary DHC-2 “Beaver” fitted with floats as a  seaplane — and sometimes the competition’s Bell 212 helicopter, piloted by Kate Ashcroft (Susan Hogan).

Synopsis

The stories and adventures while running Karl Ritter’s (Hans Caninenberg) Canadian air taxi business along the British Columbia coastline are at the centre of all episodes of this TV series, co-produced by Canadian CBC and West-German ZDF television networks in the early 1980s. German official title was “Die Küstenpiloten”. One of the legendary DHC-2 “Beaver” fitted with floats as a seaplane is featured throughout all the episodes of the series. There are some interplays of a Bell 212 helicopter, operated by a competing neighbor and piloted by Kate Ashcroft (Susan Hogan). Individual episodes in this series feature a dramatic first flight by one of the Ritter family’s children, a bush-fire and rescue operations, third-parties engaging in criminal activities, and surprise bad weather situations, all leading to different kinds of adventures or critical situations for the Ritter family and others involved. Central to resolving these is usually their trusted-and-proven yellow “Beaver” aircraft which is hailed as a reliable tool off which they make a living in their beautiful, but sometimes difficult, surroundings in Canada’s Pacific province of British Columbia. The entire TV series consists of 20+ episodes, all of which have been aired in the early 1980s in Canada and (translated) in West Germany. Despite being in the memories of millions of viewers in both countries, there has not (yet) been any re-release of it despite a real possibility of gaining some traction not only among TV viewers but also airplane enthusiasts interested in the cult DHC-2 pattern built by DeHavilland during that time.

Tagline

Air courier service running a DHC-2 “Beaver” in B. C., Canada (“Die Kuestenpiloten”, co-produced with W. German ZDF TV).

Published: IMDb.com, see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0251529/?ref_=ttrel_rel_tt (28 October 2017).

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