Der letzte Bulle

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Der letzte Bulle
Written by Robert Dannenberg
Stefan Scheich
Starring Henning Baum
Maximilian Grill
Proschat Madani
Helmfried von Lüttichau
Robert Lohr
Opening theme "Real Wild Child (Wild One)" by Iggy Pop (seasons 1–4)
Vertigo by U2 (season 5)
Composer(s) Thomas Klemm
Country of origin Germany
Original language(s) German
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 60 (list of episodes)
Production
Location(s) Essen, Germany
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) ITV Studios Germany
greenskyfilms
Release
Original network Sat.1
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 12 April 2010 (2010-04-12) – 2 June 2014 (2014-06-02)
External links
Official website
Production website

Der letzte Bulle (The Last Cop) is a German television series that was first aired in 2010. The series is about a policeman from the 1980s put into a modern police department in Essen.

Plot[edit]

The plot revolves around German homicide detective Mick Brisgau, who was shot in the head on duty in the late 1980s. As a result of this head shot, he was in a coma for 20 years. The show starts when he awakes suddenly from said coma. Being a star for the media he is allowed to return to his old job at the homicide department.

As an old-school macho-cop, he doesn't know about modern technology (e.g., cellphones, computers, modern investigation methods) and deals with modern world homicide cases in his 1980s-style manner, thus making him a unique officer in Essen police headquarters in the center of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region.

While spectators might find resemblances with Life on Mars, it is actually doing the inverse; the rough style of the main character (portrayed by Henning Baum) is complemented by his prudent partner Andreas Kringge (portrayed by Maximilian Grill). The series presents a number of 1980s music and items, such as the main character driving an old Opel Diplomat V8.[1]

The setting includes his old partner from the 1980s, Martin Ferchert, who is now the chief of department, and his former wife, who has married the coroner Roland Meisner, who both serve in the same department. In some episodes his adult daughter, Isabelle, appears, whom he had known only as a baby. Amongst the social problems, police psychologist Tanja Haffner tries to conciliate.

Production and transmission[edit]

The series ran first on 12 April 2010 on Sat.1 Television with 2.99 million viewers (or 9.2 percent) somewhat below the average of the TV channel. However viewer share increased especially among younger viewers. With the start of the second season, the viewer share almost doubled and Sat.1 ordered a third season. The fourth season aired in Germany beginning 21 January 2013.

The show has been aired in combination with the Sat.1 production Danni Lowinski from the start, but while the latter scored better in the beginning it is now The Last Cop that shows better results.[2] With a viewer share of 15% for The Last Cop and with the two series being the best-running productions of Sat.1, it was announced on 9 April 2013 that a fifth season was being planned for both shows.[2]

The series has been sold to neighbouring countries; it has run on Austrian ÖRF since 31 May 2011. The French Direct 8 has run a dubbed version since March 2012 under the title of Mick Brisgau, le come-back d’un super flic. It is also dubbed for Italian Rai 1 where it runs under the title of Last Cop - L'ultimo sbirro during the summer. In Bulgaria, the series runs as Ченге от миналото on Diema in a dubbed version. In Brazil the show is being aired on cable channel Globosat+ under the name O Último Policial, in German language with Portuguese subtitles. In Spain the series is dubbed and runs as El último poli duro on Canal+ Spain and Cuatro.

Remakes[edit]

French[edit]

Falco is the series started in 2013.

U.S.[edit]

At Turner Upfront TNT has announced to produce a pilot for a US remake of the German series. The adaptation will see the 1990s cop Mick Branigan to awake after 20 years of coma returning to his job at the LAPD. The pilot is produced by Sylvester Stallone with Fuse Entertainment and Fox Television Studios co-producing the show for TNT.[3][4][5]

Estonian[edit]

Kanal 2 started the series under name Viimane võmm (The Last Cop) in 2014. The main characters are Mikk Kotkas (actor Üllar Saaremäe), Andreas Prikk (actor Robert Annus) and Tanja Murrik (actress Ülle Lichtfeldt). Kotkas drives old white Volvo 700-series wagon.

Japanese[edit]

Nippon Television Network and Hulu announced to produce the mini-series for a Japanese remake of the German series, scheduled to start summer 2015.[6][7]

Russian[edit]

Petersburg – Channel 5 produced first two seasons (39 episodes) of Последний мент (The Last Cop) in 2015-2016. Gosha Kutsenko plays the lead role - captain Alexey Divov.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sat1.de/tv/der-letzte-bulle/video/comic (episode 4)
  2. ^ a b Uwe Mantel (2013-04-09). "Sat.1: Neue Staffeln für "Bulle" und "Danni"". DWDL.de. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  3. ^ "TNT and TBS developing shows with Spielberg, Stallone, Carell, Foxx and more". Entertainment Weekly - Inside TV. 2013-05-15. 
  4. ^ "Spielberg, Stallone attached to TNT, TBS projects". TBI Vision. 2013-05-16. 
  5. ^ "US-Adaption der Serie "Der letzte Bulle" geplant". Die Welt. 2013-05-17. 
  6. ^ "The Last Cop" (in Japanese). Nippon Television Network Corporation. Retrieved 2015-05-07. 
  7. ^ 唐沢寿明主演 ドイツ人気刑事ドラマをリメイク (in Japanese). oricon ME Inc. Retrieved 2015-05-07. 

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