In aller Freundschaft is the title of a German television soap opera which has been on TV since 1998. The series is about the staff of the fictional hospital "Sachsenklinik" in the city of Leipzig. The series is produced by Degeto and by the Saxonia Media Filmproduktion GmbH in the studios of the Media City Leipzig. The programme's first broadcast was on 26 October 1998. In the meantime, about 600 episodes have been broadcast. Initially, the focus was on Dr. Roland Heilmann, Dr. Achim Kreutzer as well as on Dr. Maia Dietz who were good friends. Nowadays there is a growing cast of 15-20 characters who arrange the story line. Many actors were already acting on the German Democratic Republic television and cinema as well as the directors of photography like Celino Bleiweiß, Klaus Gendries, Peter Hill. Even though the series plays in the city of Leipzig, the characters rarely use the Upper Saxon German dialect in order to make it easier for the rest of the German population to understand them. Furthermore, this dialect is one of the least favoured dialects in Germany due to the association with the GDR regime.