Lenßen & Partner
|Original title||Lenßen & Partner (2003-2009)
|Country of production||Germany|
|Year (s)||2003-2009; 2012|
|Theme music||Eminem - Lose Yourself (Instrumental)|
|production||Constantin Entertainment GmbH|
|First broadcast||March 10, 2003 on Sat.1|
Lenßen & Partner is a German early evening crime series that was produced by Constantin Entertainment GmbH from 2003 to 2009 and broadcast from Sat.1 Monday to Friday in the afternoon and evening programs. It is assigned to the genre of pseudo-documentaries . The show's theme song was Lose Yourself by Eminem . The series was shot in and around Munich .
From March 5, 2012, the series was resumed under the title Lenßen with completely changed cast except for the namesake Ingo Lenßen on the old pre-evening broadcasting location, the location was now Essen and the surrounding area. The first episode after the break was a direct crossover with an episode of Judge Alexander Hold that same day. On April 27, 2012, the renewed discontinuation of the series was announced due to constant poor ratings. The last episode ran on May 25, 2012.
Plot and concept
The series is about the lawyer Ingo Lenßen , who investigates with the help of private detectives on behalf of his clients , but occasionally also gets caught up in criminal cases spontaneously. Mostly it is about investigating or averting moderately serious criminal offenses and crimes ( threats , extortion , kidnapping , fraud, etc.). Although the program repeatedly points out that these are private investigators, they take on a considerable amount of police tasks such as securing evidence and apprehending the perpetrators and, as a matter of course, cooperate with police measures. Often people, including members of investigative teams, come under the control of criminals. In the end, the case is resolved and the perpetrators are brought to justice. Most of the time, each episode represents a closed case.
In principle, Lenßen & Partner is a simply structured crime series that is loosely based on the lawyer-private investigator constellation in One Case for Two . All cases are pure fiction . Using various stylistic devices, however, especially in the first few years of broadcasting, attempts were made to give viewers the impression that they were simulated real criminal cases or even recordings of real investigators at work (pseudo-documentary):
- The type of "reporting" and image documentation is based on wanted mails such as file number XY ... unsolved :
- Voiceover from the off , which provides information to support action or indicates dangers
- Display of location and / or time information when changing scenes
- Integration of recordings from supposed surveillance cameras and shaky black and white handheld cameras
- shaky camera work should clarify the spontaneous and authentic staging
- Pixelation of license plates and the faces of people “randomly” passing by
- At the end of the broadcast, the result of the subsequent legal proceedings is always given with the sentence and full names of the accused.
- Most of the permanent actors, including the eponymous Ingo Lenßen, appear under their real names.
|year||Lawyer||Investigative team 1||Investigative team 2||secretary|
|2003||Ingo Lenßen||Christian Storm||Sandra Nitka
( Sandra Zirngibl-Kowalski )
( Sandra Corzilius )
|Tekin Kurtuluş||Gabi von Polsdorf
(Gabriela von Polsdorf)
( Sebastian Jäger )
( Friederike Lohrer )
|Stefanie Scholz||Jan Fischer||Lara Kampmann
(Inga Kristina Oepke)
Occasionally, however, there were other team compositions; Christian Storm and Sebastian Thiele and Tekin Kurtuluş, for example, have already worked together in several episodes. Sandra Nitka and Katja Hansen also investigated together in some cases.
On May 26, 2008 the episode “Goodbye Sandra Nitka” was broadcast, in which the investigator was adopted on maternity leave. From this she returned in the September 1, 2008 episode "Sandra Nitka's Return".
After the series resumed, two new investigative teams were introduced, both of which were featured in the first episode. Then they alternate each episode. It also happens that both teams appear in the same episode.
Actors in detail
|actor||Role name||Started||Exit||Reason for exit|
|Ingo Lenßen||Ingo Lenßen||March 10, 2003||May 25, 2012||Discontinuation of the series|
|Christian Storm||Christian Storm||March 10, 2003||November 13, 2009||First set of the series|
|Sandra Zirngibl-Kowalski||Sandra Nitka||March 10, 2003||November 6, 2009||First set of the series|
|Sandra Corzilius||Katja Hansen||March 11, 2003||November 13, 2009||First set of the series|
|Tekin Kurtuluş||Tekin Kurtuluş||March 11, 2003||September 29, 2005||has to change job after serious gunshot wound|
|Gabriela von Polsdorf||Gabriela von Polsdorf||March 10, 2003||April 26, 2006||opens photo shop with her significant other|
|Tim Riedel||Mark Blomberg||October 6, 2005||May 5, 2006||moves to another law firm|
|Friederike Lohrer||Julia Brahms †||April 27, 2006||February 3, 2009||dies of a gunshot wound|
|Sebastian Jäger||Sebastian Thiele||May 8, 2006||November 4, 2009||First set of the series|
|NN||Nina Marx||February 5, 2009||November 2, 2009||First set of the series|
|Alexander Höll||Karsten Grabowski||March 5, 2012||May 25, 2012||Discontinuation of the series|
|Stefanie Scholz (?)||Stefanie Scholz||March 5, 2012||May 25, 2012||Discontinuation of the series|
|Jan Fischer (?)||Jan Fischer||March 5, 2012||May 25, 2012||Discontinuation of the series|
|Inga Kristina Oepke||Lara Kampmann||March 5, 2012||May 25, 2012||Discontinuation of the series|
Prominent guest appearances
- Munich freedom , band
- Holger Fach , soccer player and trainer
- Axel Schulz , Boxer ( Terror in the Hotel , Season 1 Episode 36)
- Alexandra Rietz , Michael Naseband and Gerrit Grass , commissioners from K11 .
- Palina Rojinski ( Love in Russian , season 4 episode 48) and ( In the intoxication of feelings , season 5 episode 15)
- Alexander Hold and Stephan Lucas ( Murder Among Brothers , Season 2 Episode 04)
Lenßen & Partner can be seen as an offshoot of the judge Alexander Hold court show, in which Ingo Lenßen appeared as a criminal defense attorney since 2001. He continued this activity with interruptions until 2012, i.e. for practically the entire duration of his own series.
Occasional collaborations existed with the similarly conceived series K11 - Commissioners in action, which was broadcast in the immediate vicinity . The episode Tödliche Liebesspiele contains the first crossover of the two programs with the old K11 investigative team Loors and Drawer, who dropped out of the series after 180 episodes. As a result, Ingo Lenßen under suspicion of murder by Lenßen & Partner , the K11 commissioners appeared as guest actors. The same thing happened in the aftermath of Inspector Naseband in Need . The Lenßen & Partner episode Intrigue against the investigative team continued in the immediately following K11 episode Christian Storm under suspicion . The actors of both series appeared, so to speak, as guest actors in the other program or the locations of both series overlapped in these episodes.
Broadcasting of the seasons on Sat.1
Changes and updates
In September 2006 the format was changed slightly. The opening credits were updated with the renewed team and the series said goodbye to a documentary , as the speaker Thomas Albus , who had previously often described the situations, was almost taken out of the concept . The shaky handheld cameras were also no longer needed.
On November 13, 2009, the program was stopped in the course of restructuring in the evening program. In April 2003, Lenßen & Partner achieved a market share of 15.4 percent in the target group of 14 to 49 year olds.
In 2012 new episodes were broadcast under the simple series title "Lenßen". Two completely new investigative teams also replaced the previous ones. Furthermore, the documentation type was reintroduced, in which a speaker accompanied the entire case and described situations. The title music and the melody for the credits have been retained. On January 23, 2012 it was announced that the discontinuation of the daily telenovela Anna und die Liebe will free its slot. From March 5, 2012 to May 25, 2012, new episodes of Lenßen were broadcast on this slot . At the start there was a double episode.
In December 2012 the first season of Lenßen & Partner was released on DVD.
Since the end of January 2013 Lenßen & Partner has been repeated from the first season on Sat.1 Gold .
The entire event was presented in a tense and sensational way in the series, although this does not correspond to the real professional life of a private detective. But there were also some other questionable aspects: In the series, the viewer was falsely given the impression that the private investigators had similar powers to the police. In almost every episode, the detectives broke into their homes to get information. The installation of cameras and bug bugs was also common practice in the series, but is actually a criminal offense. House searches and wiretapping operations may only be carried out by police officers with judicial approval. It was also unrealistic for the investigators to threaten suspects with firearms and take them away instead of simply holding them and handing them over to the police. This would qualify as coercion or deprivation of liberty. If someone to be arrested escaped, they fired warning shots. Their demeanor was overly aggressive, and they used force to hold suspects in order to interrogate them and to force them to testify.
The Federal Association of German Detective e. V. expressed itself in an official statement as follows:
“If the television detectives had to answer for their actions in court, they would be guaranteed a long prison sentence. Because detectives in Germany have no different rights than any citizen of our country. [...] This representation in Lenßen und Partner has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with actual detective work in our country. "
Awards and nominations
- Nominated - "Best Daily Show" ( 2003 )
The first episode of the new series reached 680,000 viewers (9.6 percent) of the advertising-relevant target group and 1.94 million viewers (9.1 percent) of the total audience. The second episode, which ran immediately after the first, achieved slightly better numbers. 820,000 viewers (9.9 percent) of the 18 to 49 year olds and 2.54 million viewers (10.1 percent) of the total audience saw the result.
Lenßen - The Film
- The episode of Tekin's last mission was a night special and is not listed in the numbering.
- Official website of the pseudo-documentary Lenßen & Partner at Sat.1
- Official website of the pseudo-documentary Lenßen on Sat.1
- Ingo Lenßen's website
- Lenssen & Partner in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Sat.1 in Chaos: «Lenßen» is discontinued quotenmeter.de ; Retrieved April 27, 2012.
- Sat.1 stops “K11” and “Lenßen & Partner” . DWDL.de
- presseportal.de May 13, 2003.
- Report atquotemeter.de
- report at dwdl.de
- dates from Lenßen & Partner on Sat.1 Gold. fernsehserien.de
- Press release 4/2003 from the Federal Association of German Detectives
- German Television Prize 2003 : Nominations and Prize Winners 2003. (PDF; 100 kB) (No longer available online.) September 1, 2003, archived from the original on February 13, 2009 ; Retrieved December 5, 2008 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.