Alarm für Cobra 11 – Die Autobahnpolizei
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|Alarm für Cobra 11 –
|Genre||Action, Crime drama|
|Starring||Johannes Brandrup (1995-1996)
Rainer Strecker (1995)
Erdogan Atalay (1995-)
Mark Keller (1996–1999,2013)
René Steinke (1999–2002, 2004–2006)
Christian Oliver (2002–2004)
Gedeon Burkhard (2006-2007)
Tom Beck (2008-2013)
Vinzenz Kiefer (2013/14-)
|Country of origin||Germany|
|No. of seasons||33|
|No. of episodes||253|
|Running time||ca. 45 minutes-Pilot movies 90 minutes|
|Original channel||RTL Television|
|Original run||March 12, 1996 – present|
Alarm für Cobra 11 – Die Autobahnpolizei (German pronunciation: [aˈlaʁm fyːɐ ˈkoːbʁa ˌɛlf di ˈaʊ̯tobaːnpɔlɪˌt͡saɪ̯]; English: Alarm for Cobra 11 – The Motorway Police) is a long-running, popular German television series about a two-man team of highway police (Autobahnpolizei), originally set in Berlin and later in North Rhine-Westphalia. The series has been broadcast in countries worldwide.
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The original cast featured Johannes Brandrup as Frank Stolte and Rainer Strecker as Ingo Fischer. Fischer left the series just two episodes later and his replacement became Erdoğan Atalay as Semir Gerkhan.
Brandrup quit the series at the end of Season 1. The television network RTL, which carries the series, contracted Mark Keller as André Fux in his place. Keller left the series at the end of Season 6 and was replaced by René Steinke as Tom Kranich. He played the role between the seasons 7–14, then decided to quit to try other roles.
Atalay's new partner became Christian Oliver as Jan Richter in Seasons 14–16. When he left the series to build his career in the US, RTL turned to Steinke, who agreed to return at the beginning of Season 17. However, Steinke decided not to renew his contract, and left the series again at the end of Season 20. His replacement is actor Gedeon Burkhard as Chris Ritter. Burkhard is best known as Alexander Brandtner in another Austrian-German police show, Inspector Rex.
In 2008 Burkhard is replaced by Tom Beck as Ben Jäger. In 2013 Mark Keller returns for one 90 minutes Pilot episode. In 2014 Beck will be replaced by Vinzenz Kiefer as Alex Brandt,the new partner for Semir, of whom will drive a Mercedes-Benz C117 with license plate D:CL 3508 that will replace Ben's car.
|Kriminalhauptkommissar Frank Stolte||detective||s.1||Johannes Brandrup|
|Kriminalhauptkommissar Ingo Fischer||detective||s.1 (ep.1–2)||Rainer Strecker|
|Kriminalkommissar/Kriminaloberkommissar/Kriminalhauptkommissar Semir Gerkhan||detective,Nazan′s ex-boyfriend,father of Lili,Aida and Dana,Andrea′s husband.||s.1- (ep.3-)||Erdoğan Atalay|
|Kriminaloberkommissar/Kriminalhauptkommissar André Fux||detective||s.2–3, s.18 (ep.1)||Mark Keller|
|Kriminaloberkommissar/Kriminalhauptkommissar Tom Kranich||detective||s.4–6, 9–11 (ep.1)||René Steinke|
|Kriminalkommissar Jan Richter||detective||s.7–8||Christian Oliver|
|Kriminalhauptkommissar Chris Ritter||detective||s.11–12||Gedeon Burkhard|
|Kriminalhauptkommissar Ben Jäger||detective,Semir′s colleague and great friend.||s.13-18||Tom Beck|
|Kriminalhauptkommissar Alex Brandt||detective||s.19-||Vinzenz Kiefer|
|Detective Chief Katharina Lamprecht||boss||s.1–2 (ep.1–6)||Almut Eggert|
|Erste Kriminalhauptkommissarin/Kriminaloberrätin Anna Engelhardt||boss||s.2 (ep.7)-13 (ep.7)||Charlotte Schwab|
|Kriminaloberrätin Kim Krüger||boss,Alex′s ex-wife,Hannah′s aunt,in love with Ben.||s.13- (ep.9-)||Katja Woywood|
|Regina Christmann||secretary||s.2 (ep.1–6)||Nina Weniger|
|Andrea Gerkhan||secretary, Semir's wife||s.2 (ep.7)-10 (ep.1–3), recurring thereafter||Carina Wiese|
|Petra Schubert||secretary||s.10 (ep.3)-11 (ep.1)||Martina Hill|
|Susanne König||secretary||s.11-||Daniela Wutte|
|Polizeihauptmeister/Polizeikommissar Horst Herzberger||policeman in uniform||s.2-16 (ep.1)||Dietmar Huhn|
|Polizeiobermeister/Polizeihauptmeister/Polizeikommissar Dieter Bonrath||policeman in uniform||s.2+ (ep.7+)||Gottfried Vollmer|
|Polizeimeisterin Jennifer Dorn||policewoman in uniform||s.15- (ep.13-)||Katrin Heß|
|Hartmut Freund||technical department||s.7 (ep.1), s.8-||Niels Kurvin|
In two first episodes the main characters were Frank Stolte and Ingo Fischer. Frank was arrested in the first episode (Bomben bei Km. 84) for shooting a terrorist without a command. Ingo was killed by a shotgun blast to the chest in the second episode (Red Roses, Black Death); all that wass known after his death was that he was a detective chief inspector of great value.
Semir Gerkhan is the main character and one of the cops who stayed on the force from the beginning to the end. He became Frank's second partner. He is best known for driving his silver BMW 3 series undercover cars throughout his career. He also owns numerous exotic cars outside of work but had terrible things happen to them. (BMW crashed, Ferrari 355 Spyder stolen). He is serious and will do whatever it takes to get the job done.
In series 2 Semir's new partner became Andre Fux. He has a black belt in karate, which makes him amazing when it comes to closee-quarters combat. Andre also has performed a techno version of the song "Abracadabra". He was wounded in Maiorca after being shot in the chest with a harpoon gun, later to be found by a farmer washed at shore.
In 2013, Andre returns in the pilot episode "Auferstehung". He is seen to have saved Semir and one of his daughters from being killed by terrorists in a tunnel. When he returns to the precinct, he explains to Semir that he has started a new life and has begun his career undercover for the BKA. In the middle of the episode's investigation, he fails to save a woman who was said to play an important role in the case. Ben Jaeger, Semir's partner, is furious, and uses excessive force on Andre, only to be deterred by Semir. Later, Semir finds out that Andre is working for an undeerground criminal group. In the end, after Semir and Andre wind up in a car accident that sends them dangling over a cliff, Andre puts an electronic device into Semir's sleeve, and says to his partner, "See you, my friend." as he releases his grip from Semir's arm as he crashes down the cliff and dies for the last time.
Tom Kranich is one of the more outgoing guys on the force, while Semir is serious. He also has a forgiving personality due to the fact that he forgave a female driver despite that she wrecked his mountain bike on his first day commute to work. He emotionally left the force after three seasons in the episode "Abscheid".
Jan Richter was introduced as Semir's new partner in the episode "Feuertaufe" shortly after Tom's emotional withdraw. He was the young equivalent to Semir's experience. Jan was introduced as a rookie in crime, who later switched his job to the Autobahn Patrol. He left the force shortly after.
Semir was forced to look for Tom again after Jan left. Tom agreed to go back and he used Jan's car. He was killed in action shortly after in the pilot episode "Auf Leben und Tod" in an attempt to save a witness of a crime.
Chris Ritter, who was originally a police officer working undercover as "Mark Jaeger", became Semir's partner after Tom died in the episode "Auf Leben Und Tod". With the new partner, the adventure continues. Because Chris tends to use solo efforts to get the job done, he and Semir had problems in their relationship. However, it improves greatly as they continue to work together. His off-work car is unknown.
At the end of the episode "Unter Feinden", Chris was killed by a mafia leader known as Sander Kalvus while he saved an ex-colleague he knew as Tanja. With his death, Semir chased Kalvus for months.
Ben Jäger succeeded Chris and was introduced in the following episode, "Auf Eigene Faust". He is characterised as being an ambitious, often rebellic young officer and the counterpart to Semir's behaviour. He shows up just when Semir is going to bring the main witness in Berlin to testify against the mafia leader who killed Chris. Semir is first distrustful of him, but then they soon grow up to be good friends.
Dieter "Bonnie" Bonrath serves as the Cobra 11 team's backup officer throughout his career; his partner is an obese, bearded officer named Horst "Hotte" Herzberger. For some episodes, Semir has Bonrath or Herzberger serve as his partner whenever his other colleague is off-duty.
In the episode "72 Stunden Angst" (72 Hours Of Fear) Hotte wanted to retire from the force, having served 43 years, but wanted to solve one last case. During this case Hotte, in an attempt to save Ben pushes him out of the sights of a drug dealer's assault rifle, only to be shot in the chest himself. He dies a few minutes later with Bonrath, Ben, Semir and Kim Krüger (their boss) at his side.
Jennifer "Jenny" Dorn became Bonrath's partner in succession for Herzberger. She currently has a relationship with Hartmut Freund, the forensics expert of the police force. In some episodes, Jenny works with Ben when Semir is off with something else.
Bonrath used to drive a green and white "Polizei" Porsche 911 turbo highway patrol car (with license plate AP-7639) but later swapped it for a silver green police version of the first-gen Porsche Cayenne (NRW:4-180). After that, he used a blue and white 2011 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S (NRW:4 418)
The list below is put in the order of the detectives by the time they joined the police squad of Cobra 11; the cars are listed in the order they were used, as well as their license plates.
Ingo Fischer: Ford Sierra (BRB-A 404)
Tom Kranich: Mercedes CLK 320 W208 (NE-LK 3470); Mercedes W209 (NE:LK 3470)
Jan Richter: Mercedes CLK 320 W208 (NE-LK 3470); Mercedes CLK 320 W209 (NE:LK 3470)
Chris Ritter: Mercedes CLK 320 W209 (NE:LK 3470, D:BD 2408 in 'Infrakt'); Mercedes W204 (D:BD 2408)
Ben Jäger: Mercedes C350 W204 (D:BD 2408) Mercedes W212 Coupe (D:BD 2408)
Alex Brandt: Mercedes-Benz C117 (D:CL 3508)
- The opening titles of the first 158 episodes (1996-2006) had the following preamble:
Ihr Revier ist die Autobahn (Their precinct is the autobahn)
Ihr Tempo ist mörderisch (They work at break-neck speed)
Ihre Gegner: Autoschieber, Mörder und Erpresser (They're up against car thieves, burglars, and extortionists)
Einsatz rund um die Uhr für die Männer von Cobra 11 (They're on call around the clock: the men of Cobra 11)
Unsere Sicherheit ist ihr Job (Our safety is their job).
- During Episodes 159-243 (2007-2012), the preamble was:
Ihr Revier ist die Autobahn (Their precinct is the autobahn)
Ihr Einsatz heißt: volles Tempo (Their mission: full speed)
Ihre Gegner von heute: extrem schnell und gefährlich (Their enemiess today: extremely fast and dangerous)
Verbrechen ohne Limit – Jeder Einsatz volles Risiko (Crimes without limit – every job full risk)
für die Männer von Cobra 11 (for the men of Cobra 11).
- Since Episode 244 (2013–present), the preamble has been:
Ihr Revier ist die Autobahn. (Their precinct is the autobahn)
Ihre Gegner: extrem schnell und gefährlich. (Their enemies: Extremely quick and dangerous)
Verbrechen ohne Limit. (Crimes without limit)
Jeder Einsatz - volles Risiko (Every job: at full risk)
für die Männer von Cobra 11. (for the men of Cobra 11)
The series is known for its extremely well performed stuntwork, which features the destruction of various vehicles in every episode. Almost every episode has a distinct structure, with at least one daring action sequence and the pre-title sequence usually consisting of the main event (i.e. a devastating crash on the Autobahn). The stuntwork is often so spectacular that it would not look out of place in a full-fledged movie, with cars commonly reaching implausible heights as they vault through the air.
From 1996 to 1998, the series was produced jointly by Polyphon Film- und Fernsehgesellschaft mbH (responsible for all other production aspects such as filming/postproduction/location scouting etc.) and ActionConcept (stunts). Those episodes were shot in Berlin, notably in the site of the former Checkpoint Bravo and in the surrounding state of Brandenburg. In 1998, Action Concept took over as the sole production company and shifted all filming/production work to its headquarters in Hürth just south of Cologne. Since then, episodes have been shot in and around Cologne and Düsseldorf as well as on several major Autobahnen (A540/A44 and now mainly on the Filmautobahn Aldenhoven near Düren – ) between Cologne and Düsseldorf in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).
The series has also spawned numerous game releases in Germany, primarily for PC, but they have generally met with mixed receptions. The latest title is Alarm für Cobra 11: The Syndicate, released on 23 December 2010. Crash Time was also dubbed into English and sold in many other markets worldwide.
- Alarm für Cobra 11 – Die Autobahnpolizei was regularly parodied as "Alarm für Kebap 11 – Die Dönerpölizei" by Freitag Nacht News, a German comedy sketch program. The segments feature the team talking in exaggerated Turkish accents and many references to Döner Kebab. Erdogan Atalay and René Steinke themselves have made cameo appearances in some.
- The series has also been pariodied on Switch TV and Switch reloaded.
- Alarm für Cobra 11 – Die Autobahnpolizei was also parodied in the Latvian comedy show Savādi gan.
In 2002 started a spin-off named Alarm für Cobra 11 - Einsatz für Team 2 (Alarm für Cobra 11 - misson for team two). Because of its limited success, only two seasons were produced.
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- This characteristically shaped building served as police station in the Alarm für Cobra 11 – Die Autobahnpolizei.
- http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20110519-911031.html Coverage of announced 2011-2012 programming highlights for United States Spanish language broadcaster V-me, documenting intent to broadcast Alerta Cobra (Spanish title).
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