Peter Jöback walks Isherwood’s Neighbourhood.

In December 2011, Swedish singing star Peter Jöback came to Berlin to film the third part in his trio of programmes for SVT1, ‘Med Hjärtat som Insats’ ( ‘With The Heart At Stake’)

For the programme, Peter started his journey in New York, tracing the history of  ’the crooner’. He met Frank Sinatra’s granddaughter, took singing lessons from surely the most eccentric vocal coach in New York and, finally, took to the stage of a Times Square supper club to perform a song specially written for the occasion .

His next stop was Paris, in search of the great artists like Edith Piaf and Charles Aznavour. Mlle. Piaf was, not surprisingly, unavailable for comment. M. Aznavour was, but strictly off camera.


In Berlin, Peter wanted to explore the history of the famous cabarets of the 1920′s and the artists that were at its’ core. One particular theme of this was the character of Sally Bowles, from Christopher Isherwood’s Goodbye To Berlin, made famous by Liza Minnelli in the film Cabaret.

We met up on a cold, Monday afternoon and went for a walk around Isherwood’s Neighbourhood.





Peter Jöback is Sweden’s most successful male solo artist, selling over a million albums and winning three Swedish Grammy awards.  He played the MC in Cabaret in Copenhagen and in Sweden, winning his second Tony award. He is currently starring in The Phantom Of The Opera in London.

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3 Responses to Peter Jöback walks Isherwood’s Neighbourhood.

  1. Hi Brendan,

    that’s a great clip – can’t wait to take a tour with you as soon as weather and time permit. By the way, do you know if Isherwood ever published his actual diary from his time in Berlin?

    Gruß aus Moabit!

  2. This is a great post–is it possible for those of us in the United States to see this trio of programs somewhere online? It sounds very interesting! I also like the revamped look of your blog–well done!

  3. Brendan says:

    Hello again! The programmes aired on Swedish TV channel SVT1. They have an online viewing site ( which is how I was able to watch it just after it was broadcast. I don’t know if they will still be online though. I hope they are, you would enjoy them I think.

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