Binny and the Ghost
Also known asBillie and the Ghost (UK)
GermanBinny und der Geist
Genre
Created by
  • Steffi Ackermann
  • Vivien Hoppe
Music byJan Weigel
Country of originGermany
Original languageGerman
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes23
Production
Producers
  • Steffi Ackermann
  • Nicole Springstubbe
Production locations
Cinematography
  • Felix Novo de Oliveira
  • Felix Poplawsky
  • Benjamin Dernbecher
  • Moritz Anton
  • Raphael Beinder
Editors
  • Ronny Mattas
  • Carsten Eder
  • Ann-Sophie Schweizer
  • Melanie Margalith
Running time23–26 minutes
Production companyUFA Fiction
Original release
NetworkDisney Channel (Germany)
Release23 March 2013 (2013-03-23) –
15 May 2016 (2016-05-15)

Binny and the Ghost (German: Binny und der Geist) is a German crime-mystery television series for children and teenagers, which was produced by UFA Fiction for the Walt Disney Company (Germany).[1] The series was created by producer Steffi Ackermann and author Vivien Hoppe.[2] The first episode of the series premiered in Germany on 23 March 2013 on Disney Channel. The series finale aired on Disney Channel in Germany on 15 May 2016.[3] The plot of the series was concluded in the last episode.

Plot

13-year-old Binny moves with her parents from Hamburg to Berlin into an ancient villa. There she discovers that her room is already inhabited by a 14-year-old ghost named Melchior. However, he doesn't know why he has been a ghost for over a hundred years. Melchior does not know the 21st century, and Binny does not understand Melchior, who was born in 1900. Finally, in order to get rid of the ghost that is completely upsetting her life, Binny decides to help Melchior uncover the secret about his past. Only in this way can Melchior be freed from his ghostly life. In the process, the two teenagers often get involved in dangerous situations and have to solve crimes together. Binny and Melchior help people as well as ghosts whose bodies are trapped in the human world as long as their last task is not fulfilled. And the Watch Hunters in particular want to prevent Binny and Melchior from discovering the truth about the magical watches and the spirit world.

Production

Development

In 2012, the German Disney Channel convinced the US parent company Disney that they be allowed to produce their own series of programs.[4] They searched for new ideas from independent production companies and were attracted by the pitch from teamWorx under the working title Binny und der Geist.[5] The idea for the series came from the producer Steffi Ackermann and the author Vivien Hoppe, while casting was carried out by Daniela Tolkien.[6] On 8 November 2012, the production of a pilot episode of Binny and the Ghost was confirmed. teamWorx became UFA Fiction in August 2013.[citation needed]

Filming

Shooting the pilot episode began on 9 November 2012 in Berlin and the surrounding area, followed by the first season of Binny and the Ghost.[1][2] Filming of the first season continued until autumn 2014. The long timescale was due, among other reasons, to the availability of the main actors which was restricted to the school holidays.[5] Filming of the second season began on 13 March 2015 and continued until the end of 2015.[7][8] One episode of the second season was filmed in the zoo on the Reilsberg in Halle.[9]

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Episodes

Series overview

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
11323 March 2013 (2013-03-23)18 January 2015 (2015-01-18)
21010 April 2016 (2016-04-10)15 May 2016 (2016-05-15)

Season 1 (2013–2015)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"The Secret Roommate"
"Der heimliche Mitbewohner"
Sven BohseVivien Hoppe23 March 2013 (2013-03-23)
When 13 year old Binny and her family move into a creepy old mansion in Berlin, she finds out she shares her room with the ghost of a 14 year old boy who died a hundred years ago. His name is Melchior, and there’s only one way to get rid of this unwanted roomie: She has to help him solve crimes and right wrongs until he’s liberated from limbo. Suddenly mysterious things happen in the house and Binny and Melchior decide to find out what is going on...
22"Poof Went the Weasel"
"Und es hat Puff gemacht"
Nico ZingelmannVivien Hoppe2 November 2014 (2014-11-02)
Binny’s first day of school is approaching, and Melchior isn’t making things easier by being a nuisance. Despite him being there, Binny attempts to focus on her chemistry course. But then, she accidentally causes an explosion and the school has to be evacuated. While this is happening, someone steals the donations box out of the foyer. Binny and Melchior have to find out who the real thief is! Binny and Melchior also visit Melchiors family’s crypt at the cemetery, where they hope to find additional clues about Melchior’s mysterious past...
33"Madame Boo"
"Madame Buh"
Nico ZingelmannVivien Hoppe9 November 2014 (2014-11-09)
Binny and Melchior find a living relative of his: his cousin Albert who lives in a senior citizen’s home. Binny realizes that Melchior isn’t the only ghost she can see! Margarita, the deceased wife of Melchior’s cousin, explains to Binny that the pocket watch has opened up the door to the spirit world for Binny. At the same time a mysterious lady shows up at the senior citizen home pretending that she is able to get in contact with the ghostworld...
44"A Dog and his Boy"
"Auf den Hund gekommen"
Nico ZingelmannVivien Hoppe16 November 2014 (2014-11-16)
In the attic, Binny and Melchior find a watch case, in the base of which is hidden a key. Could the key lead them to a secret safety deposit box of Melchior’s parents, where they will learn more about Melchior’s past? Then they meet Oskar, a small ghost boy who is searching for his dog Caspar. Caspar seems to have disappeared, and it quickly becomes apparent that Caspar isn’t the only missing dog...
55"Teamspirit"
"Team-Geist"
Nico ZingelmannVivien Hoppe23 November 2014 (2014-11-23)
Binny and her friend Luca go to a school soccer match, and Luca’s cousin Jonas is one of the players on the team. But Binny can’t believe her eyes as she suddenly sees another soccer player slip into Jonas’ body! Jonas’ playing style becomes very aggressive and, going it alone, he misses a crucial goal. Binny and Melchior figure out that the ghost is soccer star Mats Müller, who is Jonas’ biggest idol. But Mats was involved in a betting scandal, which destroyed his good reputation. Binny and Melchior decide to take the case...
66"Crash and Cash"
"Bei Crash Cash"
Nico ZingelmannVivien Hoppe30 November 2014 (2014-11-30)
As Binny arrives at school, she sees her friend Mark, who is overjoyed that he just passed the test for his scooter license. Shortly after, Mark has an accident, but fortunately, Mark is not hurt although the scooter is a wreck and the car that Mark drove into has a huge dent. When it later turns out that the repairs will end up being much more expensive than initially thought, Binny becomes suspicious. She and Melchior head over to the body shop and make an interesting discovery...
77"The Art Thief"
"Der Kunstraub"
Nico ZingelmannVivien Hoppe7 December 2014 (2014-12-07)
Binny’s school class takes a field trip to the museum. It is also Wanda, Binnys mother’s, first day at work as a restorer for the museum. Suddenly, a security alarm sounds: the incredibly valuable Czar jewels, the highlight of the current exhibit, have disappeared along with three paintings – and Wanda was the last person in the room. Wanda is immediately suspended by the museum director until the case is solved. Binny and Melchior start investigating and find out more than one intriguing thing... at the same time the suspicious Hubertus is on their trail...
88"Horse Play"
"Aufs Pferd gekommen"
Nico ZingelmannVivien Hoppe14 December 2014 (2014-12-14)
Melchior and Binny are at the horse racing track to begin looking for Melchiors parents’ clue. Unfortunately the premises are huge and Melchior is a bit overwhelmed by the search. Binny gets hired as a stable girl where meets Niklas, a hunky boy who also works there and who wants to become a veterinarian. Binny and Niklas are getting along pretty well when one of the most successful and most expensive horses that Niklas looks after suddenly becomes very ill. The veterinarian finds that the horse has been poisoned, and Niklas is the main suspect since he is responsible for feeding the horses...
99"The Pesky Posts"
"Die Posting Pest"
Nico ZingelmannVivien Hoppe21 December 2014 (2014-12-21)
As Binny arrives at school, she notices that all of the students, including Luca, are staring into their cell phones, apparently watching a funny video. A mysterious "Big X" has sent the video to all the students: it shows Matze, another student there, making a fool of himself. Nobody knows who’s behind Big X. A short time later, Luca also receives a distressing photo of herself from Big X,. Big X demands money from her, otherwise he threatens to send the photo to the rest of the school. Binny and Melchior decide to take the case and find out who is behind this malicious campaign.
1010"In the Woods"
"Im Wald"
Andy FetscherVivien Hoppe28 December 2014 (2014-12-28)
Binny and Melchior are on the way to the von und zu Panke's old summer residence, where Melchior hopes to find the next clue that will lead him to the hidden keeperless watch. Suddenly Binny discovers in a ditch old barrels of industrial waste. It's an environmental scandal. The lady from the environmental protection office doesn't know what to do about it as there’s nothing she can do unless they catch the culprits red-handed. So Binny and Melchior decide to try and start to track down the criminals...
1111"The Prom"
"Der Schulball"
Andy FetscherVivien Hoppe4 January 2015 (2015-01-04)
Binny and Melchior head to the Rose Castle, where they hope to find the next clue of Melchiors parents. Meanwhile, Luca is very busy preparing the annual prom. Binny also runs into Niklas, the young stablehand she met while working at the race track. Luca sets Niklas up as Binny's date for the prom, which Melchior isn't happy about at all. Then the sprinkler goes off in the gym by accident, submerging the place. Binny decides to find the culprit. Finally, she and Melchior find the last clue and at night during the prom they hope to find the keeperless watch... but they are not alone....
1212"Lady Diamond"
"Lady Diamond"
Andy FetscherVivien Hoppe11 January 2015 (2015-01-11)
Luca saw Binny, Hubertus and Bodo in the Rose Castle garden and wants Binny to tell her what happened during the prom. Binny and Melchior finally have to decide whether they confide in Luca, revealing their big secret to her... Shortly after, Binny and Melchior discover an unsolved jewelry theft and decide to track down the initial culprits... meanwhile also Hubertus and Bodo pursue a new malicious plan...
1313"Ice, Ice, Binny"
"Ice, ice, Binny"
Andy FetscherVivien Hoppe18 January 2015 (2015-01-18)
It's Binny's birthday. Her parents tell her to go to the movies with Luca so they can prepare a surprise for that afternoon. Just then, Binny receives a strange text from Luca. But where is Luca? Next, Binny receives a video call from her, but before Luca can finish telling them she's alright, Hubertus interrupts her. He tells Binny and Melchior he'll free Luca in exchange for the two watches. Binny and Melchior have no choice and agree to hand over the watches.

Season 2 (2016)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
141"Sunshine Manor"
"Villa Sonnenschein"
Benedict HoermannVivien Hoppe10 April 2016 (2016-04-10)
The lovely old house that was home to the Sunshine Mansion Kindergarten is being foreclosed on. Yet there was a will that specifically stated that the kindergarten was to inherit the house. At least that’s what the ghost who Binny and Melchior meet in the garden says. Can the two detectives find the will in time before the house is put on the auction block and demolished?
152"School Break-In"
"Einbruch in der Schule"
Bettina BlümerVivien Hoppe17 April 2016 (2016-04-17)
Binny can hardly wait to go to school: Monday marks the start of "Digital Week", when students will be testing tablet computers during classes! Even Melchior, who is less than enthusiastic about school, is envious. But when Principal Rötig is ready to hand out the tablets, he discovers the safe that held them is surprisingly empty. He’s also the only person with the combination to the safe. Is Principal Rötig the culprit? Can Binny and Melchior find the real thief and the stolen tablets?
163"Creature From the Black Lagoon"
"Das schwarze Froschmonster"
Benedict HoermannVivien Hoppe17 April 2016 (2016-04-17)
A peregrinating penguin, a black frogman who climbs over zoo walls and a series of mysterious break-ins – something is foul in the Berlin Zoo. Can Binny and Melchior figure out who’s been hanging around the zoo at night? And why on earth are they doing so? And what does a mixed-up mackerel delivery have to do with all of this?
174"Ready For My Close-Up"
"Filmreif"
Benedict HoermannVivien Hoppe24 April 2016 (2016-04-24)
Binny and Luca are shooting a film for school and Melchior is energetically assisting. But their film equipment suddenly gets stolen. Is a competing film team responsible for the sabotage? Or have the three friends made a very different enemy without even noticing?
185"The Fake Fifty"
"Nachts beim Minigolf"
Bettina BlümerVivien Hoppe1 May 2016 (2016-05-01)
All Binny and Luca wanted was to have a fun and relaxing day playing miniature golf with their friends Niklas and Mark – but without warning, they’re embroiled in a counterfeit money scam! Binny and Melchior head off in search of the frightful forgers.
196"The Wrong Package"
"Das falsche Paket"
Bettina BlümerVivien Hoppe1 May 2016 (2016-05-01)
Mark has fallen victim to a fraudulent sales site on the internet: instead of receiving a new smartphone, he ended up investing all of his savings in a bar of soap. Binny and Melchior’s attempt to find the thieves by tracing back the package at the post office proves a dead end. But then Binny has a simple but ingenious idea…
207"The Treasure in the Castle"
"Der Schatz in der Burg"
Andy FetscherVivien Hoppe8 May 2016 (2016-05-08)
Searching for Watch Keeper coats-of-arms, Binny and Melchior meet the eccentric Elvira von Hammerfels at her family’s castle. She believes she saw the ghost of one of her ancestors, and said ghost even gave her a clue about a "golden treasure" hidden somewhere within the castle’s walls. But is there really a ghost in the castle, or is something else behind the supernatural appearances?
218"Night in the Department House"
"Nachts im Kaufhaus"
Andy FetscherVivien Hoppe8 May 2016 (2016-05-08)
Luca’s mother Steffi, a policewoman, is caught leaving the department store, apparently having shoplifted a necklace. Binny, Melchior and Luca believe she’s being framed, so they sneak into the department store after closing hours so they can catch the real culprits.
229"Leonina"
"Leonina"
Andy FetscherVivien Hoppe15 May 2016 (2016-05-15)
Searching for the Fire Watch, Binny and Melchior find a 300-year-old ghost girl who was imprisoned within the Fire Watch’s case. She has no idea how exactly she ended up in there, or even who she really is – she cannot remember anything. Can Binny and Melchior help her and uncover this secret, 300 years in the making?
2310"Rock Around the Clock"
"Rock around the Clock"
Benedict HoermannVivien Hoppe15 May 2016 (2016-05-15)
Binny and Melchior have finally figured out Rhett Thorn’s true identity. To defeat him, they now have to team up with a former adversary. It all comes down to just one question in the end: who is going to end up Lord of Time, the Watch Keepers, or the Watch Hunters?

Release

Germany, Austria and Switzerland

The pilot episode of the series aired on 23 March 2013 on Disney Channel, which at the time was only available on pay TV. Season 1 first aired regularly from 26 October 2014 to 18 January 2015 on Disney Channel, which is now on free TV. The second and final season first aired on Disney Channel from 10 April 2016 to 15 May 2016.[3] Seasons 1 and 2 were added to Disney+ on 23 October 2020.[10]

Africa, Middle East and Balkans

The first season premiered on Disney Channel on 13 December 2014.[11] Season 2 premiered on Disney Channel on 7 July 2016.[12] In South Africa, seasons 1 and 2 were added to Disney+ on 18 May 2022.[13]

UK and Ireland

The first season premiered on 27 July 2015 on Disney Channel under the title "Billie and the Ghost" and with a British-English dub. Season 2 premiered on Disney+ on 18 May 2022 and was released along with the first season under the title "Binny and the Ghost" and with English dubbing from the US.[14]

United States and Canada

To date, the series has not been released in the United States or Canada.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2013 Goldener Spatz TV series or movies Sven Bohse Nominated [15]
2015 TV series or movies (Episode: Horse Play) Nico Zingelmann Won [16]
Weißer Elefant - Filmfest München TV series or movies Nominated
Steffi Ackermann Nominated
Andy Fetscher Nominated
Kinder-Medien-Preis - Der weiße Elefant Best Newcomer Actor Johannes Hallervorden Won
Best Newcomer Actress Merle Juschka Won

Trivia

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