Count Yoster does the honors

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Television series
Original title Count Yoster does the honors
Graf Yoster does the honor of Logo 001.svg
Country of production Germany , France
original language German
Year (s) 1967-1970 (season 1–3)
1974 (season 4)
1976 (season 5)
Rundfunkwerbung Stuttgart GmbH
length (Season 1–3.5) 25 minutes
(Season 4) 2 × 25 minutes
Episodes 62
(of which 14 as a two-piece)
genre Detective film
production Wilfried Schröder
Werner Bardili
Hartmut Grund
Plym Pahl
music Peter Fischer
Eugen Thomass
First broadcast September 15, 1967 on German television

Graf Yoster is a TV series of the ARD , which was produced from 1967 to 1976 by Bavaria Atelier GmbH . The team of authors Rolf and Alexandra Becker worked on the scripts . The title music is by Peter Fischer. The series was broadcast on ARD's evening program, and in France it was shown in 1969 under the title Le Comte Yoster a bien l'honneur .


Count Yoster, the “gentleman detective” or “crime writer”, clears up crimes in an elegant way. He is supported by his servant and chauffeur Johann. The criminal cases usually occur in circles of the so-called "higher society", for example the forgery of a valuable violin or the machinations of a dubious financial institution. In the first three seasons up to 1970, each episode begins in the courtyard of the castle. Count Yoster is always at the door ready to travel and tells Johann the destination of his trip. Johann usually replies by saying that he already knows, since he has usually read the post in secret or studied the newspaper well. From 1974 the Count's car drives through the archway, Johann gets out and introduces the Count to the audience.

The cases are designed differently. Mostly the viewer knows the perpetrator or there are several possible perpetrators. The focus here is more on the way Yoster comes to the solution and convicts the perpetrator.

main characters

Lukas Ammann plays the detective writer Graf Yoster, Wolfgang Völz his servant Johann, who has a criminal past, is actually called Johann Gotthold Weinhofer and was a pastry chef . The attraction of the series lies in the contrast between the two protagonists , which leads to humorous situations and dialogues. Yoster is the clichéd personification of a distinguished count who usually researches and solves cases with a special talent for observation. Johann is down to earth, jovial and not averse to female acquaintances. In many cases he meets old cellmates who mostly work for the perpetrator. In two episodes ( How do you do a thriller? And Johann here and Johann there ) Völz even plays a double role .

supporting cast

It is remarkable for a German series that you could also see supporting actors from well-known British and French films or television series. In addition, many voice actors play in the series, whom the viewer only knows through their distinctive voice.


The series was produced in five seasons, starting with episode 26 (1969) in color. Each episode was 25 minutes long. For the fourth season, the episode length was doubled to 50 min, but it was broadcast as a two-part (2 × 25 min, each on the same day). In the literature, therefore, the number of episodes is given as both 62 and 76. The fifth season consists of twelve individual episodes; However, two of them always belong together, since the second episode in each case ties in with the plot of the previous one. This becomes clear, for example, in the title of the episodes Zubaida's dream and Zubaida's reality . Well-known German film and television directors were responsible for the direction, such as Michael Braun , Georg Tressler , Heinz Wilhelm Schwarz and Imo Moszkowicz . Lukas Ammann received the role of Count Yoster after Albert Lieven , Adolf Wohlbrück and Richard Münch had previously turned them down.


Pähl Castle , which Count Yoster lives in for the first few seasons.

In the first few seasons, the Count's castle was the Pähl Castle in the Weilheim-Schongau district. From 1974 this was Isareck Castle in Wang near Moosburg.

Rolls-Royce Phantom III

In the black and white squadrons up to 1970, the Count's car is a Rolls-Royce 25/30 hp with the registration MY 001 and in the two seasons from 1974 it is a Rolls-Royce Phantom III with the registration M- CY 75. Both cars have a minibar, telephone and Count Yoster's water pipe. In fact, license plates with leading zeros were never issued, and car telephones could not be used abroad at the time.

Episode list

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