Bestselling Irish authoress Cecelia Ahern has written nine novels that have been published in forty-six countries. Over 13,000,000 of her books have been purchased around the world.
She has come up with ideas for two German telefilms: Cecelia Ahern: Zwischen Himmel und Hier (Cecelia Ahern: Between Heaven and Here) and Cecelia Ahern: Mein ganzes halbes Leben (Cecelia Ahern: My Whole Half Life). Both of these telefilms or TV movies were filmed for German public television network ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen). Cecelia Ahern previously co-created an American television series, ABC’s Samatha Who? (2007-09), which starred Christina Applegate, with Don Todd.
The two telefilms were shot on location in Dublin, Ireland and Munich, Bavaria, Germany between May and July of 2013. Stefanie Sycholt wrote both scripts and Michael Karen directed both telefilms. The telefilms are an Andreas Bareiss Production for TV 60 Film, headed by Sven Burgemeister, in Munich, and edited by Anika Kern with Octagon Films, the Irish producers.
Filming began in Dublin on May 15, 2013. Ms. Ahern said on set on May 16, 2013, "I'm honoured and excited to have been asked to create this series for ZDF. I hope that Germany and all my German fans enjoy seeing a slice of Ireland."
According to Ms. Ahern’s Web site, Cecelia Ahern: Mein ganzes halbes Leben “tells the story of a voyage into the past that smoothes the path for a romantic new beginning. After learning the truth about her Irish roots, Amelia (Yvonne Catterfeld) cannot help but feel that she is living another person’s life. She decides to trace her roots – and in doing so finds a new self-understanding in Ireland.”
In ‘Cecelia Ahern: Zwischen Himmel und Hier’, Franziska (Julia Richter) arrives at Amelia’s wedding in Ireland to find her thoughts turning to her separation from her husband Rainer. While in Ireland, she meets the best man Adam (Roman Knizka) who has also found that the course of love does not always run smooth! They each fight desperately for love without sensing that destiny seems to have different plans.
Ms. Ahern is the daughter of Patrick Bartholomew "Bertie" Ahern, the Taoiseach (Chief of Government, i.e., Prime Minister) of Ireland from 1997 to 2008. He was head of the Fianna Fáil ("Warriors of Ireland") party, also known as the Soldiers of Destiny and The Republican Party.
At twenty-one, Ms. Ahern wrote PS, I Love You, which became a worldwide bestseller. The film adaptation P.S. I Love You (2007) starred American actress Hilary Swank and Scottish actor Gerard Butler.
Her subsequent novels Where Rainbows End, If You Could See Me Now, A Place Called Here, Thanks for the Memories, The Gift, and The Book of Tomorrow became bestsellers, too, as did her short story collection Girl in the Mirror. She adapted her own novella Mrs Whippey for the stage with Wendi Peters in a one-woman show. Anglo-American actress Lily Collins is starring in a forthcoming adaptation of Where Rainbows End called Love, Rosie (2014).
 The federated states – rather than the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) – collectively established ZDF in 1961-63 as the Second Network after ARD’s Das Erste ("The First") network.