SOKO Leipzig

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Television series
Original title SOKO Leipzig
SOKO Leipzig Logo.png
Country of production Germany
original language German
Year (s) since 2001
UFA fiction
length approx. 44 minutes
Episodes 379+ and two specials in 19+ seasons ( list )
genre Thriller
Theme music Georg Kleinebreil
production Jörg Winger , Henriette Lippold
music Andreas Hoge, George Kochbeck , Philipp E. Kümpel, Andreas Moisa
First broadcast January 31, 2001 on ZDF

SOKO Leipzig is a German television series produced by UFA Fiction for ZDF .

The crime series is the first and so far most successful offshoot of the German series SOKO 5113 . The venue is the Saxon city ​​of Leipzig . 19 seasons were broadcast between 2001 and 2020.


Actor of the SOKO team (2006–2009)

The series is about the investigative work of the special commission of the Leipzig police . The team, consisting of the chief detective Ina Zimmermann, the chief detective Jan Maybach and the detective Tom Kowalski and Kim Nowak, investigates mostly in capital crimes like murder or manslaughter . They are supported by forensic specialists Prof. Dr. Sabine Rossi and Dr. Stein as well as laboratory assistant Lorenz Rettig and public prosecutor Dr. Alexander Binz. In cases involving sexual offenses, Chief Detective Dagmar Schnee is also on the team.

The first season aired in 2001 and began with the episode Escape According to the Schedule . Until the episode Deadly Courses of the third season, the series ran on Wednesday in the evening before. Due to the consistently high ratings of over five million viewers per episode, ZDF moved the series to the 9:15 pm slot on Friday evening. The first episode to air on a Friday night was Season 3's Fatal Homecoming .

The episodes of the 13th season were also broadcast on ORF 2 . Since the 18th season, the episodes have been published in the ZDFmediathek a week before they are broadcast on TV .



Chief Inspector Ina Zimmermann (until her promotion in episode 329 Chief Inspector ) is played by Melanie Marschke . Ina has been the only woman in the team for a long time and not only has great ambition, but also special empathy. At the crime scene, she is an important help for the team, as she can interpret traces very quickly and analytically. Ina is the mother of a boy named Paul, was single again after a failed relationship and then lived with the police inspector, Milo Janssen, from whom she later separated. Ina becomes the successor of Hajo Trautzschke, since he is retiring, and thus head of SOKO, which is announced in episode 327 Chefsache . In episode 329 she takes over the leadership of the special commission and is promoted to chief detective.

Superintendent Jan Maybach is played by Marco Girnth . Jan is Ina Zimmermann's deputy. In a team, he mainly works as a profiler, rather approaches things with his head and his sharp mind. Maybach is married and lives separated from his wife and daughter Charlotte. His wife is Leni, the daughter of his former boss Hajo Trautzschke. Jan also has a son from his first marriage, Benni, who occasionally also plays a guest role. During the fourteenth season, Mila, Benni's girlfriend, falls in love with Jan and subsequently breaks up with Benni, which leads to a heated argument between father and son. Jan's marriage to Leni also falls apart soon afterwards and they finally separate. There is always tension between Jan and Ina, because Jan originally hoped to get Ina's job and the two have subliminal feelings for each other. This has been seen again and again since the double episode Undercover (season 16), in which the feelings of the two take the upper hand.

Detective Inspector Tom Kowalski is played by Steffen Schroeder . He's a gambler and loves to stir up trouble and be politically incorrect. Kowalski is not interested in what others think of him. He made his first appearance in the episode Fightclub , where he can be seen as Jan's fitness trainer. Before working in the gym, he was employed by the LKA in Chemnitz, but suddenly quit the police force. It is later revealed that his girlfriend Klara worked with him as an undercover agent until she faked a fake death on a ship . He has four brothers, one named Marco, who has a gambling addiction . Since Tom got into debt while looking for Klara, he lives in an old motorhome without water or electricity, which is parked in various parking lots in Leipzig. Furthermore, he occasionally violates the law by revealing official secrets or being violent against suspects. In the episode Change of Scenery , the former chief detective is demoted to detective because he hit the scene at the beginning of the 15th season . In the 16th season he meets his daughter and moves into an apartment with her.


Detective Inspector Miguel Alvarez was played by Gabriel Merz . He was the youngster on the team. Due to his relaxed manner, he always made people smile in cooperation with Jan Maybach. He hated office work and preferred to do field work. In episode 96 he died of a gunshot wound. He also appeared in episode 97 in Jan Maybach's daydreams.

Detective Inspector Patrick Diego Grimm was played by Tyron Ricketts and came to SOKO after an undercover assignment when Hajo Trautzschke offered him the position of his late colleague Miguel Alvarez. He agrees immediately, but it's not easy for him in the team. Especially with Jan Maybach, there are often tensions at the beginning because he cannot accept that Patrick has taken Miguel Alvarez's place. Grimm is a policeman through and through. Like his predecessor, Miguel Alvarez, he is one of those people who never give up and who keep clinging to a lead in order to ultimately deliver a convincing investigation. After learning that his father has passed away, he takes a break and leaves the SOKO for Africa.

Detective inspector candidate Vincent "Vince" Becker was played by Pablo Sprungala and came to the SOKO as a substitute for Patrick and is the youngest in the team to date. Vincent is a no-nonsense straight forward guy, and his phenomenal memory and ingenuity sometimes help him solve cases. First of all, Vincent slips into the work of SOKO in two cases in the 9th season in autumn 2009 and, despite his stubborn antics, proves to be useful and important for the team. As a result, I'm gone , Becker went to Costa Rica with his father.

Chief Detective Hans-Joachim “Hajo” Trautzschke is played by Andreas Schmidt-Schaller . Trautzschke was SOKO's boss until episode 329. The widower lives alone and has a daughter, Leni. In his private life he comes from a simple background, has both feet on the ground and behind his daughter with a keen eye. Professionally, he kept his team on a long leash and knew that he could rely on his colleagues every second. But in tricky situations, he determined the course of the investigation. In some cases, his GDR past caught up with him, as he had already been investigating as a major in the People's Police . Since Hajo Trautzschke retired in the 17th season, he had to choose a successor for his post. In episode 327 Chefsache he announced that Ina Zimmermann will be his successor and thus head of SOKO. At the end of episode 328 "The Last Case" he justified his decision for Ina and against Jan. In episode 329 Trautzschke handed over the leadership of the special commission and stepped as chief detective commissioner. D. to retire.

Detective Inspector Olivia Fareedi was played by Nilam M. Farooq . She initially comes to the SOKO team as an assistant and helps the investigators with their research. She and Tom Kowalski get closer several times, but a relationship does not come about between the two. During the 14th season she decides to become a commissioner and to take part in a course at the Saxon Police University in Rothenburg / Oberlausitz . Olivia Fareedi has been a detective since the episode Change of Scenery. At the end of the episode My Child , Fareedi leaves the SOKO and is transferred to Berlin.


Main cast

Current leading actors

actor Role name role Main role
Supporting role
Seasons Period
Melanie Marschke Ina Zimmermann Chief Inspector and Head of SOKO (up to episode 329: Chief Inspector) 1- 1- 2001–
Marco Girnth Jan Maybach Chief Detective 1- 1- 2001–
Steffen Schroeder Tom Kowalski Kriminalkommissar (up to episode 286: Kriminaloberkommissar) 214– 213 11– 2012–
Amy Mußul Kim Nowak Detective Inspector 363– 362 18– 2019–

Former leading actors

actor Role name role Main role
Supporting role
Seasons Period
Tyron Ricketts Patrick Diego Grimm Detective inspector 99-160 98 6-9 2006-2009
Pablo Sprungala Vincent Becker Detective inspector candidate 161-210 157, 160 9-11 2009–2012
Gabriel Merz Miguel Alvarez † Detective inspector 1-97 1-6 2001-2006
Marco Hager Twin brother of Miguel Alvarez 294 15th 2016
Andreas Schmidt-Schaller Hans-Joachim "Hajo" Trautzschke Chief Detective a. D. (Episode 1 to 329: Chief Detective and Head of SOKO) 1-329 330– 1- 2001–
Nilam Farooq Olivia Fareedi Detective Inspector (up to episode 277: assistant, up to episode 286: detective officer) 330-360 229-329 12-18 2013-2019

Supporting cast

Current supporting actors

actor Role name role Episodes Seasons Period
Caroline Scholze Elena "Leni" Maybach (née Trautzschke) Daughter of Hajo Trautzschke; Wife of Jan Maybach 1- 1- 2001–
Maximilian Klas Benjamin "Benni" Maybach Son of Jan Maybach 1- 1- 2001–
Lucian Voigt Paul Zimmermann Son of Ina Zimmermann and Wolf Künast 124-258 8-13 2008-2014
Peter Laser 262–265, 272, 274
310, 324, 328, 330, 345–
Anna Stieblich Prof. Dr. Sabine Rossi Forensic doctor 159– 9– 2009–
Michael redhead Dr. Alexander Binz Prosecutor 185-291, 319, 358, 374-375 10–16
Judith Sehrbrock Dr. Mara stone Forensic doctor 185– 10– 2011–
Daniel Steiner Lorenz Rettig Laboratory technician 207– 11– 2012–
Petra Kleinert Dagmar snow Chief Inspector ( custom ) 226– 12– 2013–
Luna Empire Charlotte "Lotte" Maybach Daughter of Jan and Leni Maybach; Granddaughter of Hajo Trautzschke 260, 295-327 13-16 2014-2017
Lilly Sophie Högberg 267, 269, 274 14th 2014-2015
Clara Veihelmann 332, 338, 355 17– 2017–
Sebastian Fräsdorf Matthias Krauss Chief Public Prosecutor (up to episode 288: Public Prosecutor) 262, 288, 327, 334, 336, 349 14– 2014–
Sinje Irslinger Jackie Löber Daughter of Tom Kowalski 311– 16– 2016–

Former supporting actors

actor Role name role Episodes Seasons Period
Hildegard Alex Herta Jan Maybach's housekeeper 1-36 1-3 2001-2003
Silke Heise Dr. Sandra Schönfeld Forensic doctor 1-39 1-3 2001-2003
Miriam of verse Dr. summer Public prosecutor 1-49 1-4 2001-2004
Marleen Lohse Julia Grimm Sister of Patrick Grimm 98-156 6-9 2006-2009
Simon Böer Dr. Werner Kruse Prosecutor 120-165 7-10 2008-2010
Rebecca Rudolph Dr. Lilly brown Police psychologist 161-168 9-10 2009-2010
Margrit Sartorius Dr. Kathrin Conradi Forensic doctor 40-159
176, 179
Anne Arzenbacher Meike Black Police chief 66-78
Florian Thunemann Milo Janssen Police commissioner
Ina Zimmermann's ex-boyfriend
263, 265
Tom Mikulla Wolf Künast Ina Zimmermann's ex-boyfriend 44-115
Karin Hanczewski Ilka Parusel Ex-girlfriend of Tom Kowalski 282-285 15th 2015
Michael Brandner Dr. Manfred Woernle Employee of the city of Leipzig (formerly: Kriminaloberrat ) 180
Simon Werner Klepper SEK - head of operations 183, 188, 198, 222, 248
Michael Schenk Nikolaus Müller Criminal Councilor of the Federal Intelligence Service (up to season 13: LKA ) (formerly: Kriminalhauptkommissar) 156, 179, 205
248, 251
Rudolf Kowalski Dr. Breugel Ina Zimmermann's psychotherapist 270-295 14-15 2014-2016
Jana Bauke Dr. Kaminsky doctor 127, 132, 157
197, 236, 240, 246, 262
338, 341, 364, 376


Surname 1 2 3 4th 5 6th 7th 8th 9 10 11 12 13 14th 15th 16 17th 18th 19th
Jan Maybach
Ina Zimmermann
Hajo Trautzschke
Leni Maybach
Benni Maybach
Dr. Sandra Schönfeld
Dr. summer
Miguel Alvarez †
Dr. Kathrin Conradi
Wolf Künast
Meike Black
Patrick Diego Grimm
Julia Grimm
Dr. Werner Kruse
Paul Zimmermann
Dr. Kaminsky
Nikolaus Müller
Vincent Becker
Prof. Dr. Sabine Rossi
Dr. Lilly brown
Dr. Manfred Woernle
Milo Janssen
Dr. Alexander Binz
Dr. Mara stone
Lorenz Rettig
Tom Kowalski
Dagmar snow
Olivia Fareedi
Lotte Maybach
Matthias Krauss
Dr. Breugel
Ilka Parusel
Marco Hager
Jackie Löber
Kim Nowak
Legend (meaning of color)
main actor supporting cast


Kidnapping in London

On September 4, 2009, the British - German crossover episode Entführung in London (original title: Proof of Life ) was broadcast. The full-length episode is a crossover between SOKO Leipzig and the British crime series The Bill .

SOKO - the process

From April 3, 2013, a five-part crossover of all ZDF-SOKO series was started. The teams from SOKOs 5113 , Cologne , Leipzig, Stuttgart and Wismar investigate the murder of a police officer and find themselves in a criminal environment in which their own law and order prevail. The five-part case, the trail of which stretches across Germany, was broadcast from September 30 to October 4, 2013 on weekdays at the well-known SOKO evening broadcast slot from 6 p.m. For this, SOKO Leipzig was brought forward from the 9:15 pm slot.

The fourth man

The crossover episode The Fourth Man between the two SOKOs Leipzig and Vienna was broadcast for the first time on November 2, 2019 on ORF , on ZDF it was shown on November 8, 2019 as part of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall . The series special was produced by Satel Film and UFA Fiction for ZDF and ORF. Directed by Erhard Riedlsperger , the script was written by Max Gruber, Markus Hoffmann and Uwe Kossmann. The script was based on a true story about the circle of Viennese businesswoman Rudolfine Steindling , called the "Rote Fini".

Guest appearances by celebrities

Studio and production rooms in Reclam-Carrée
  • The band Silly , founded in the GDR , performed as a result of Silly - Death in Concert .
  • Gojko Mitić plays himself in The Gojko Mitic Case , which premiered on November 18, 2011.
  • In the episode Leipzig knocks , Burkhard Jung plays himself, the Lord Mayor of Leipzig.

Episode list


SOKO Leipzig is produced by UFA Fiction . The studio and the production rooms are located in Reclam-Carrée in Inselstraße in Leipzig.



  • Steffen Schroeder already appears in the 4th season (episode: Herrenrunde ) as accomplice Sven Linecke and in the 8th season (episode: Greed ) as Marco Loos.
  • In the episode The Nice Girl, Detective Inspector Patrick Grimm claims to have never been to the African continent. In fact, however, he toured Namibia, the place of residence of his father, who is allegedly dying (which turns out to be incorrect), in the episode Lost in Africa . In the episode Gray Zone it is already mentioned that his father is from Mozambique. This is also mentioned in the episode Lost in Africa .
  • The fourth episode of the 11th season (broadcast on November 4, 2011) is titled Hajo's Last Case . In fact, Chief Detective "Hajo" Trautzschke only solved his last case in the first episode of season 17 ( The Last Case ; broadcast October 13, 2017). He and his team was therefore up to the second episode of season 17 ( office hours ; air date October 20, 2017) before. In this episode - his penultimate day of service - he officially handed over the case as well as the SOKO management to Commissioner Ina Zimmermann, who he appointed as his successor at the end of the 16th season.
  • In the episode Sleeping Beauty in the warning letter to Tom Kowalski, the salutation is "Dear Police Chief Commissioner Tom Kowalski" to read, but it is a substantive error because the SOKO is a division of Criminal Investigation and Tom Kowalski thus the rank of Detective Chief Commissioner bears . Kowalski uses a bicycle without the gem. StVZO prescribed lighting and bell.
  • The actor of the chief criminal officer Dr. Manfred Woernle, Michael Brandner, already played a different role in the episode Happy End in the seventh season.
  • The 90-minute episode Moving Targets (first broadcast on January 30, 2015) is the only episode in the series in which only one team member (Chief Detective Jan Maybach) acts.
  • In the 15th season (double episode 13 Toter Mann , first broadcast January 8, 2016) there is a reunion with the actor Gabriel Merz , who played Detective Inspector Miguel Alvarez, who was shot in episode 96 (2006; 6th season). He plays Alvarez's twin brother, who pretends to be Miguel and is initially mistaken for him by Trautzschke, Maybach and Zimmermann (assuming a faked death at the time) and who is suspected and persecuted by the BND of industrial espionage. In fact, his goal is to find the man who betrayed his mother, who was convicted of attempting to flee the republic , and who is responsible for her death in prison and the forced adoption of the twins.

Web links

Commons : SOKO Leipzig  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Deadly courses., accessed on February 6, 2015 .
  2. Fateful homecoming., accessed on February 6, 2015 .
  3. ^ ORF: Start of the successful crime series "Soko Leipzig" on October 25th on ORF 2. In: October 23, 2013, accessed on October 27, 2013 (OTS original text press release).
  4. Episode from March 15, 2013 "The Swamp"
  5. so in the episode "Lucy" on January 10, 2014
  6. New investigator for ZDF series' SOKO Leipzig on, online
  7. ^ A b Marco Weise: "Soko Donau" -Special: Leipzig visits Vienna. In: . October 31, 2019, accessed November 2, 2019 .
  8. ORF-1 premiere for the first “Soko Donau” crossover “The fourth man”. October 31, 2019, accessed November 2, 2019 .
  9. Jupiter Film Prize Online: Who were your favorites from cinema and TV last year? (No longer available online.) In: Jupiter-Filmpreis Online. Archived from the original on January 14, 2017 ; accessed on January 14, 2017 . 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. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  10. Episode from November 8, 2013 Sleeping Beauty