Tatort

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Tatort
Tatort Logo.svg
The Tatort logo.
Starring Götz George
Manfred Krug
Ulrike Folkerts
Miroslav Nemec
Klaus J. Behrendt
Harald Krassnitzer
Eva Mattes
Jan Josef Liefers
Martin Wuttke
Wotan Wilke Möhring
and others
Theme music composer Klaus Doldinger
Country of origin Germany
Austria
Switzerland
Original language(s) German
No. of episodes 913 (+13) (June 8, 2014) (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 90 Minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Das Erste
Picture format 576i (Das Erste [and regional channels of ARD-Network], ORF2, SF1);
720p (DasErste HD, ORF2 HD, SF1 HD)
Original run November 29, 1970  – present
External links
Website

Tatort (English title: Crime Scene) is a long-running German/Austrian/Swiss (ARD (since 1970), ORF (since 1971) and SF (1990–2001, again since 2011)), crime television series set in various parts of these countries. The show is broadcast on the channels of ARD (DasErste, (reruns on regional ARD stations)) in Germany, ORF 2 in Austria and SF1 in Switzerland. The first episode was broadcast on November 29, 1970. The opening sequence for the series has remained (with two slight changes) the same throughout the decades.

Each of the regional TV channels which together form ARD, plus ORF and SF, produces its own episodes, starring its own police inspector (or team of inspectors), some of which, like the discontinued Schimanski (played by Götz George), have become cultural icons.

The show appears on DasErste (ARD) and ORF 2 on Sundays at 8:15 p.m. (SF1 starts 10 minutes earlier) and currently about 30 episodes are made per year. As of June 2014, 913 episodes (plus 13 domestic Austrian episodes not aired in the neighbour countries) in total have been produced.

Tatort is currently (as of 2009) being broadcast in the United States on the MHz Worldview channel under the name Scene of the Crime.[1]

List of Tatort investigators (Kommissare)[edit]

Year Broadcast Station Investigators Actors City Number of Episodes
1970–1982 NDR Paul Trimmel Walter Richter Hamburg 11
1970–1973 SR Liersdahl and Schäfermann Dieter Eppler Saarbrücken 2
1971–1973 WDR Kressin Sieghardt Rupp Cologne 7
1971–1986 SDR Eugen Lutz Werner Schumacher 8 different towns in Baden-Württemberg 16
1971–1979 HR Konrad Klaus Höhne Frankfurt am Main 8
1971–1978 NDR Finke Klaus Schwarzkopf Kiel and other places in Schleswig-Holstein 7
1971–1987 ORF Viktor Marek Fritz Eckhardt Vienna 14
1971–1972 SFB Erwin Kasulke Paul Esser Berlin 2
1972–1981 BR Melchior Veigl Gustl Bayrhammer Munich 15
1972 SWF Horst Pflüger Ernst Jacobi Baden-Baden 1
1973 RB Walter Böck Hans Häckermann Bremen 1
1973–1977 SWF Franz Gerber Heinz Schimmelpfennig Baden-Baden 5
1974–1980 WDR Heinz Haferkamp Hansjörg Felmy Essen 20
1974–1977 NDR Heinz Brammer Knut Hinz Hanover 4
1975–1977 SFB Martin Schmidt Martin Hirthe Berlin 3
1977–1984 SR Schäfermann Manfred Heidmann Saarbrücken 4
1978–1980 SWF Marianne Buchmüller Nicole Heesters Mainz 3
1978–1983 HR Bergmann Heinz Treuke Frankfurt am Main 3
1978–1979 SFB Matthias Behnke Hans-Peter Korff Berlin 2
1979 NDR Nagel Diether Krebs Braunschweig 1
1979–1985 NDR Delius Horst Bollmann Hamburg 3
1980 HR Sander Volkert Kraeft Frankfurt am Main 1
1980 WDR Paul Enders Jörg Hube Essen, Frankfurt am Main 1
1980–1982 NDR Jochen Piper Bernd Seebacher Bremen 2
1980 WDR Willy Kreutzer Willy Semmelrogge Essen 1
1981 HR Bergmann Lutz Moik Frankfurt am Main 3
1981–1985 SFB Friedrich Walther Volker Brandt Berlin 6
1981–1988 SWF Hanne Wiegand Karin Anselm Baden-Baden, Karlsruhe, Mainz 8
1981 NDR Greve Erik Schumann small town in Schleswig-Holstein 1
1981 NDR Beck Hans Häckermann Lübeck 1
1981–1991 WDR Horst Schimanski and Christian Thanner Götz George and Eberhard Feik Duisburg 29
1981–1987 BR Ludwig Lenz Helmut Fischer Munich 7
1982 HR Werner Rolfs Klaus Löwitsch Frankfurt am Main 1
1982 NDR Nikolaus Schnoor Uwe Dallmeier Bremerhaven 1
1983 NDR Ronke Ulrich von Bock Hamburg 1
1984 HR Rullmann Hans-Werner Bussinger small towns in Hesse 1
1984–2001 NDR Paul Stoever and Peter Brockmöller Manfred Krug and Charles Brauer Hamburg and Neuwerk 41, Brockmöller: 38
1984–1986 ORF Hirth Kurt Jaggberg Vienna 3 (+ 7 only ORF)
1985 HR Reinhold Dietze Klaus Löwitsch Frankfurt am Main 1
1985–2001 HR Edgar Brinkmann Karl-Heinz von Hassel Frankfurt am Main 28
1985–1989 SFB Hans Georg Bülow Heinz Drache Berlin 6
1986 BR Siggi Riedmüller Günther Maria Halmer Munich 1
1987–1988 SDR Georg Thomas Schreitle Horst Michael Neutze Stuttgart, Führstadt 3
1987 BR Karl Scherrer Hans Brenner Munich 1
1987 ORF Passini Christoph Waltz Vienna 1
1988 ORF Pfeifer Bruno Dallansky Vienna 1 (+4 only ORF)
1988–2005 SR Max Palu Jochen Senf Saarbrücken and other places in Saarland 17
1988–1989 BR Otto Brandenburg Horst Bollmann Munich 2
1989–1996 ORF Michael Fichtl Michael Janisch Vienna 8 (+1 only ORF)
since 1989 SWF, SWR Lena Odenthal and Mario Kopper Ulrike Folkerts and Andreas Hoppe Ludwigshafen 59, Kopper: 50
1990 DRS Walter Howald Mathias Gnädinger Bern 1
since 1991 BR Ivo Batic, Franz Leitmayr (and Detective Sergeant Carlo Menzinger until 2007) Miroslav Nemec, Udo Wachtveitl and Michael Fitz Munich 67, Menzinger: 45
1991–1992 DRS Reto Carlucci Andrea Zogg Bern 2
1991–1995 SFB Franz Markowitz Günter Lamprecht Berlin 8
1992–2007 MDR Bruno Ehrlicher and Kain Peter Sodann and Bernd Michael Lade first Dresden, later Leipzig, one episode in Cologne as well 45, (two of them together with Ballauf and Schenk)
1992–1997 WDR Bernd Flemming, Detective Constable Max Ballauf and Detective Constable Miriam Koch Martin Lüttge, Klaus J. Behrendt and Roswitha Schreiner Düsseldorf 15, Ballauf: 9
1992–2007 SDR, SWR Ernst Bienzle and Detective Sergeant Günter Gächter Dietz Werner Steck and Rüdiger Wandel Stuttgart 25
1993–2002 DRS Philipp von Burg and Markus Gertsch L.I. Kisch and E.C. Sigrist Bern 9
1995 HR Leo Felber Heinz Schubert Frankfurt am Main 1
1996–1998 SFB Ernst Roiter and Detective Constable Michael Zorrowski Winfried Glatzeder and Robinson Reichel Berlin 12
1996 ORF Max Becker Klaus Wildbolz Vienna 1
1997 ORF Paul Kant and Jakob Varanasi Wolfgang Hübsch and Johannes Nikolussi Vienna 2
1997 NDR Lea Sommer Hannelore Elsner Hamburg 2
since 1997 WDR Max Ballauf and Freddy Schenk Klaus J. Behrendt and Dietmar Bär Cologne, two Episodes in Leipzig as well 60, (respectively two of them together with Ehrlicher/Kain and Saalfeld/Keppler)
since 1997 RB Inga Lürsen and Detective Constable Nils Stedefreund Sabine Postel and Oliver Mommsen Bremen, Bremerhaven 30 (with Stedefreund: 25)
since 1999 SFB, RBB Till Ritter and Robert Hellmann, later Felix Stark Dominic Raacke and Stefan Jürgens, later Boris Aljinovic Berlin 36, (with Hellmann: 6, with Stark: 30)
since 1999 ORF Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner Harald Krassnitzer and Adele Neuhauser Vienna and other places in Austria 32 (with Fellner: 8)
2001–2007 NDR Jan Casstorff and Detective Sergeant Eduard Holicek Robert Atzorn, Tilo Prückner Hamburg 15
2002–2010 HR Detective Sergeant Charlotte Sänger and Fritz Dellwo Andrea Sawatzki and Jörg Schüttauf Frankfurt am Main 18
since 2002 NDR Charlotte Lindholm Maria Furtwängler Hanover and small towns in Lower Saxony 21
since 2002 SWR Klara Blum and Kai Perlmann Eva Mattes and Sebastian Bezzel Konstanz and other places at the Lake Constance 26 (with Perlmann: 22)
since 2002 WDR Frank Thiel and forensic doctor Prof. Karl-Friedrich Boerne Axel Prahl and Jan Josef Liefers Münster (Westfalia) and around 25
since 2003 NDR Klaus Borowski, Frieda Jung (2003-2010) and Sarah Brandt (since 2010) Axel Milberg, Maren Eggert (2003-2010) and Sibel Kekilli (since 2010) Kiel 23 (with Jung: 14, with Brandt: 7)
2006-2012 SR Franz Kappl and Stephan Deininger Maximilian Brückner and Gregor Weber Saarbrücken 7
since 2008 SWR Sebastian Bootz and Thorsten Lannert Felix Klare and Richy Müller Stuttgart 14
since 2008 MDR Eva Saalfeld and Andreas Keppler Simone Thomalla and Martin Wuttke Leipzig 19 (two of them together with Ballauf and Schenk)
2008-2012 NDR Cenk Batu Mehmet Kurtulus Hamburg 6
since 2010 HR Felix Murot Ulrich Tukur Wiesbaden 3
since 2011 HR Conny Mey and Frank Steier Nina Kunzendorf und Joachim Król Frankfurt 6 (with Mey: 5)
since 2011 SF Reto Flückiger and Liz Ritschard Stefan Gubser and Delia Mayer Luzern 6 (with Ritschard: 5)
since 2012 WDR Peter Faber, Martina Bönisch, Nora Dalay and Daniel Kossik Jörg Hartmann, Anna Schudt, Aylin Tezel and Stefan Konarske Dortmund 4
since 2013 SR Jens Stellbrink and Lisa Marx Devid Striesow and Elisabeth Brück Saarbrücken 3
since 2013 NDR Nick Tschiller and Yalcin Gümer Til Schweiger and Fahri Ogün Yardım Hamburg 2
since 2013 NDR Thorsten Falke and Katharina Lorenz Wotan Wilke Möhring and Petra Schmidt-Schaller Hamburg and other places in Northern Germany 3
since 2013 MDR Henry Funck, Maik Schaffert and Aline Grewel Friedrich Mücke, Benjamin Kramme and Alina Levshin Erfurt 1
since 2013 MDR Lessing and Kira Dorn Christian Ulmen and Nora Tschirner Weimar 1

Last update: December 26, 2013

The GDR equivalent of Tatort is Polizeiruf 110, which today shares a time slot with Tatort.

Soundtracks (selection)[edit]

Some Tatort episodes from the 1980s and 1990s included songs that subsequently became quite well known. Two of these songs reached the top of the charts: "Faust auf Faust (Schimanski)" by Klaus Lage from the Tatort movie Zahn um Zahn and "Midnight Lady" by Chris Norman, written by Dieter Bohlen, which appears on the episode "Der Tausch". Some random selected soundtracks:

Artist Title song Episode Year TV station
Can "Vitamin C" Tote Taube in der Beethovenstraße 1973 WDR
Tangerine Dream "Das Mädchen auf der Treppe" "Das Mädchen auf der Treppe" 1981 WDR
Warning "Why Can The Bodies Fly" "Peggy hat Angst" 1982 SWF
Tangerine Dream "Daydream – Moorland" "Miriam" 1983
Jil Anderson "Without You (Baby, Baby)" "Haie vor Helgoland" 1984 NDR
Mark Spiro "Winds Of Change" "Das Haus im Wald" 1985 WDR
Patricia Simpson "Dreams In The City" "Nachtstreife" 1985 ORF
Die Toten Hosen "Verschwende deine Zeit" "Voll auf Haß" 1986 NDR
Sandra "Stop For A Minute" "Salü Palu" 1987 SR
Roger Chapman "Slap Bang in the Middle" "Einzelhaft" 1988 WDR
Bonnie Tyler "Against The Wind" "Der Fall Schimanski" 1991 WDR
Wolf Maahn "Cool" "Der Mörder und der Prinz" 1992 WDR
Markus Küpper "Sie hat Schluß gemacht" "Ein ehrenwertes Haus" 1994 MDR
Ben Becker "Alter Mann" "Falsches Alibi" 1995 MDR

See also[edit]

References[edit]

This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.
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