Leipzig Homicide

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Leipzig Homicide
Also known as SOKO Leipzig
Genre Crime
Written by Eva Zahn
Volker A. Zahn
Roland Heep
Frank Koopmann
Axel Hildebrand
Directed by Oren Schmuckler
Patrick Winczewski
Michel Bielawa
Christoph Eichhorn
Starring Andreas Schmidt-Schaller
(2001-)
Marco Ginrth (2001-)
Melanie Marschke (2001-)
Gabriel Merz (2001-2006)
Tyron Ricketts (2006-2009)
Pablo Sprungala (2009-2012)
Steffen Schroeder (2012-)
Theme music composer Georg Kleinebreil
Composer(s) Andreas Hoge
George Kochbeck
Philipp E. Kümpel
Andreas Moisa
Country of origin  Germany
Original language(s) German
No. of seasons 15+
No. of episodes 282+
Production
Executive producer(s) Henriette Lippold
Producer(s) Jörg Winger
Location(s) Leipzig (Reclam-Carrée, Inselstraße), Saxony
Cinematography Constantin Kesting
Henning Jessel
Editor(s) Matthias Pfeifer
Camera setup Film; Multiple-camera
Running time 43 Minutes
Production company(s) UFA Fernsehproduktion (2001-2013)
UFA Fiction (2014-)
Distributor ZDF
ZDF Enterprises
Release
Original network ZDF
Picture format 16:9
Original release 31 January 2001 (2001-01-31)
Chronology
Related shows SOKO – Der Prozess
External links
SOKO Leipzig at ZDF www.sokoleipzig.zdf.de
SOKO Leipzig at UFA www.ufa.de/produktionen/serie_reihe/soko_leipzig___uebersicht/

Leipzig Homicide (SOKO Leipzig) is one of Germany's most popular crime drama series. It was first broadcast on 31 January 2001, on German television channel ZDF and more than 300 episodes have broadcast since. The series averages 5 million viewers per week. On 12 November 2008, the first part of a two-part crossover between SOKO Leipzig and British police procedural The Bill was aired (Proof of Life), with the same version being shown on both ZDF and British television channel ITV1.[1]

Plot[edit]

The series is about the investigative work of the Special Commission of the Leipzig police. The team, consisting of Hajo Trautzschke, Jan Maybach, Ina Zimmermann and Tom Kowalski, mostly investigate in capital crimes like murder or manslaughter. They are supported by team assistant Olivia Fareedi, coroner Prof. Dr. Sabine Rossi and Dr. Stein as well as laboratory assistant Lorenz Rettig and prosecutor Dr. Alexander Binz. In cases concerning sexual offenses, Dagmar Schnee is also in the team.

Cast[edit]

Current[edit]

Actor Role-name Function Seasons Years
Andreas Schmidt-Schaller Hajo Trautzschke Kriminalhauptkommissar 1- 2001-
Marco Girnth Jan Maybach Kriminaloberkommissar 1- 2001-
Melanie Marschke Ina Zimmermann Kriminaloberkommissarin 1- 2001-
Steffen Schroeder Tom Kowalski Kriminalkommissar 11- 2012-
Nilam M. Farooq Olivia Fareedi Kriminalkommissarin 12- 2013-
Daniel Steiner Lorenz Rettig laboratory assistant 11- 2012-
Anna Stieblich Prof. Dr. Sabine Rossi coroner 9- 2009-
Michael Rotschopf Dr. Alexander Binz prosecutor 10- 2011-
Caroline Scholze Leni Maybach born: Trautzschke daughter of Hajo, wife of Jan 1- 2001-
Maximilian Klas Benni Maybach son of Jan 1- 2001-
Petra Kleinert Dagmar Schnee Kriminalhauptkommissarin (vice squad) 12- 2013-

Alumni[edit]

Actor Role-name Function Seasons Years
Gabriel Merz Miguel Alvarez † Kriminalkommissar 1-6 2001-2006
Tyron Ricketts Patrick Diego Grimm Kriminalkommissar 6-9 2006-2009
Pablo Sprungala Vincent Becker Kriminalkommissar-Anwärter 9-11 2009-2012
Anne Arzenbacher Meike Schwarz Police Master 5,6,7,12 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012
Silke Heise Dr. Sandra Schönfeld coroner 1-3 2001-2003
Margrit Sartorius Dr. Kathrin Conradi coroner 3-9, 10 2003-2009, 2010
Michael Brandner Dr. Manfred Woernle Police Senior Councillor 10, 11-12, 15 2010, 2011-2012, 2015
Hildegard Alex Herta housekeeper of Jan 1 2001

Episodes[edit]

Main cast of SOKO Leipzig (2006-2009)
Main cast of SOKO Leipzig (2012-)
Season Episodes Originally aired (Germany)
Season premiere Season finale
1 12 31 January 2001 18 April 2001
2 10 23 January 2002 27 March 2002
3 18 25 September 2002 28 March 2003
4 20 17 October 2003 2 April 2004
5 25 17 December 2004 16 December 2005
6 22 31 March 2006 19 January 2007
7 16 24 October 2007 11 April 2008
8 22 3 October 2008 13 March 2009
9 17 3 April 2009 30 October 2009
10 33 15 January 2010 11 March 2011
11 23 14 October 2011 30 March 2012
12 22 16 November 2012 22 March 2013
Special 5 30 September 2013 Oktober 4, 2013
13 20 25 October 2013 21 February 2014
14 21 19 September 2014 13 February 2015
15 20 2 October 2015 19 February 2016
16 29 16 September 2016

Gallery[edit]

Special[edit]

The studio of SOKO Leipzig

In April 2013 was started with the filming of a five-part crossover between all ZDF SOKO-series: SOKO – Der Prozess. The teams from the SOKOs 5113, Köln, Leipzig, Stuttgart and Wismar clarify to the murder of a policeman and move off in a criminal milieu in which to rule their own law and its own order.

Production[edit]

Leipzig Homicide is produced by UFA Fiction. The Executive Producer and Showrunner is Jörg Winger. The studio is located in the Reclam-Carrée in the Inselstraße 22 in Leipzig.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Armstrong (2 November 2008). "The Bill meets SOKO Leipzig - Times Online". The Times. London. Retrieved 13 November 2008. 

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