|Country of production
|37 + pilot episode in 5 seasons ( list )
|May 17, 2001 (pilot film)
September 19, 2002 (series) on RTL
Unlike many other crime series, the focus of the series is on the police officer and not on the cases. The focus is on the character and his reaction to certain events in the service. All episodes contain only the events within a day and never go beyond. However, there is a framework that takes up the events from previous episodes.
Police Chief Superintendent Georg Burrow is the service group leader of Section 40. He is married to Anne Burrow, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and is in a wheelchair. He is in his 50s and a chain smoker. He is very experienced and respected by his subordinates.
Police chief inspector Wolfgang Dudtke is the deputy head of section 40. He is divorced and has a 16-year-old daughter named Tina. Since he mostly works in the office and seems to be the model of an emotionless, bureaucratic official, his colleagues in the section show little respect for him. However, the hatred of degenerate and criminal subjects who run counter to his conservative values is seething beneath his undercooled facade. But when this hatred makes its way to the surface, the stiff-necked officer becomes a ticking, violent time bomb. Dudtke leaves Section 40 in the middle of Season 2 and is replaced by Egon Lochow.
Police Chief Commissioner (from the beginning of the 3rd season Police Chief Commissioner) Sebastian Franke is in his early 30s and an ambitious model policeman who mostly acts as the chief of operations, but whose career is in a tailspin due to an embarrassing mistake. He is married to Carola Franke, the sister of his colleague Ulf Meinerts, and in episode 3 of the third season he becomes the father of a daughter named Lotte. Together with brother-in-law Ulf Meinerts, he forms a strip team.
Chief Police Officer (from 3rd season Police Commissioner) Kerstin Rohde is in her late 30s, divorced and the mother of an 18-year-old daughter. She has a positive and balancing nature and, together with Georg Burrow, holds together the contrasting characters of the section. Usually she is part of the back office staff, but occasionally goes on patrol, mostly with Sonja Köhler.
Police Commissioner Cora Winkler is in her late 30s, single, and had an affair with her colleague Jan Eisnach. In season 2, episode 1 Firearms Use , she shoots a criminal with whose brother she meets while coping with the trauma and is in a relationship in the following seasons.
Police chief Harald Thomsen is in his early 40s and used to work for the People's Police. Due to a downgrade and a ban on transport, he can no longer advance professionally. But he's not particularly interested in that. He is a relatively opaque person who often visits brothels and about whom little is otherwise known. He is not particularly popular with colleagues, he usually wipes away questions about himself with stupid sayings. Harald drives with Grischa mostly in civilian patrol, the two are mostly responsible for "special tasks".
Police chief Ulf Meinerts is in his late twenties and single, his relationships usually only last a few weeks. After his best friend was shot while on duty, he looked after the young widow and her child. He goes on patrol with his brother-in-law Sebastian, whom he also took in when Carola temporarily sat him outside the door. He also likes to act from the gut and is very emotional. He had already had two disciplinary proceedings for various reasons. He's also very fond of smoking marijuana. When he had to protect right-wing extremists during an operation, he let himself be carried away to assault the leader. Through this mission he realized that policeman is not the right job for him and left the section in the second episode of season 4 to open a pub in Spain on the Costa Brava.
Chief Police Officer (from the 4th season Police Chief Master) Jan Eisnach is in his late 20s, married and has a young daughter. However, that did not prevent him from having a sexual relationship with his partner Cora Winkler. He comes from the middle class, has a high school diploma and would like to go to the criminal investigation department. His commitment to patrol duty is rather modest. During a mission at the beginning of the 4th season he stabbed himself on a fixer syringe and now has to wait 3 months for the result, whether he is HIV positive or not.
Police chief (from the 4th season police chief) Sonja Köhler, in her early 20s, grew up in Munich and is the least experienced officer in the section. In the pilot episode she joins the team from the middle section and initially drives with Ulf Meinert's patrol, later with Kerstin Rohde. Her character is extremely ambiguous, Meinerts blackened her in the first season because of a mistake she had made, her married colleague Sebastian Franke seduced her in the second season and then sought closeness to his wife.
Police chief (from the 4th season police chief) Grischa Kaspin is in his early 20s, of Russian origin and as a partner of Harald Thomsen mostly in civilian clothes. At the end of the 1st to the middle of the 2nd season he had a relationship with the Russian prostitute Natalja, who was probably also with his partner Harald.
Police chief inspector Egon Lochow, in his early 40s, a former member of the People's Police, came to the section for the time being in the middle of the second season as the successor to Wolfgang Dudtke, and has since sown a lot of discord with his lying-friendly and scheming manner. He and Harald Thomsen know each other from old Vopo times. In the GDR, Lochow was honored for "special achievements in the border security troops of the German Democratic Republic".
Police Commissioner Alexander Neufels comes to the section for Ulf Meinerts at the beginning of the 4th season. He is a good police officer and very confident of himself, which sometimes irritates his colleagues. He drives first with Sebastian and later with Sonja Streife.
Police chief Rolf Mallewitz is in his 40s and speaks only Berlin. He is very brutal in the practice of his profession. For example, he beats up a resident of a house after he repeatedly insulted the officers. Mallewitz crashes a perpetrator identified for rape from a parking garage because he refused to help rescue him.
|Relay bar of the figures from section 40
|Relay bar of the figures from section 40
|Police chief Matthias
The series was not a great source of ratings, seasons 1 and 2 splashed just below the broadcasting average, with season 3 the climax was reached. After two 1 1/2 year breaks between the seasons and strong competition had been established at the traditional broadcasting slot on Thursday at 9:15 p.m., RTL withdrew the series from its program after five episodes of the fourth season. A fifth season with 8 episodes (remaining unsent episodes, produced until 2006) was not broadcast on RTL Crime until May 2012 .
For reasons unknown, only the third season was released on DVD.
- Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo - Best European Producer of the Year Award
- German Television Award - Best Series
- German Television Award - Young Talent Award for Josefine Preuß (episodes 21, 23 and 24)
- German Television Award - Best Series
- German TV Crime Award - Best Ensemble
"Realistic series that shows the everyday life of uniformed officers much harder than the metropolitan area ."
In the following blood revenge , the officers Stefan Kehler and Alex Bonhoff from the RTL series In the Name of the Law can be seen. This crossover is particularly remarkable because the series differ greatly from the system. While In the Name of the Law the focus is completely on the criminal case, Section 40 focuses on the personalities of the police officers.
- quotemeter.de : Shock for RTL: "Section 40" is also a flop , found December 21, 2007 (accessed on December 16, 2013)
- RTL replaces "Section 40" with the new US series "Bones"
- DWDL.de: "Section 40": A series finale with a delay
- People. Typhoon AG, archived from the original on February 21, 2005 ; Retrieved August 8, 2012 .
- Section 40 Season 3 at Amazon.de
- Television Lexicon: Section 40 , found October 12, 2007
- Entry on the episode "Blood feud" in the Internet Movie Database