Tatort (TV series)

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Television series
Original title crime scene
Crime Scene Logo.svg
Country of production Germany (since 1970)
Austria (since 1971)
Switzerland (1990–2001, since 2011)
original language German , Swiss German
Year (s) since 1970
length 90 minutes
Episodes 1146+ in co-production,
13 exclusively for ORF
genre Detective film
Theme music Klaus Doldinger
idea Gunther Witte
First broadcast November 29, 1970 on German television (today Das Erste)

Tatort is a crime film series that began broadcasting on West German television in 1970. Originally started as a production by German television , it is now a joint production by ARD , ORF and SRF . Over 1100 Tatort films have been released to date . As a rule, each film tells a self-contained story in which a detective or a team of detective investigates a criminal case in German, Swiss or Austrian, mostly metropolitan, locations.

In the first few years there was an average of one new film per month. From the early 1990s, the frequency of first-time broadcasts increased and is now around 35 per year. A new part is usually shown for the first time on Sundays during prime time on Erste , ORF 2 and SRF 1 .

Tatort is the longest-lived and - with in some cases over 10 million viewers when it was first broadcast - the most popular crime series in German-speaking countries. Several films from the series received nominations and awards for well-known film and television prizes, including the Grimme Prize , the German Television Prize , the Golden Camera and the Romy .


From the beginning of the series, the respective commissioner was the focus of an episode. The stories told should be realistic and imaginable. In addition to the joint design of opening and closing credits, these two aspects are important elements that define the crime scene film series. The individual films in the Tatort series are designed as self-contained, independent films with the resolution of the case in the respective episode. But there were also some double episodes produced or films that take up an old storyline after a few years.

Unlike other TV crime series Tatort productions are the individual in their broadcasters of ARD each responsible for their respective locations. Every broadcasting company has at least one team of investigators (exception: until the merger of the SFB and the ORB to form the RBB , the ORB did not produce any crime scenes - see below). The fact that not the same investigators can be seen in every episode ensures variety. The concept of the series includes the local color : The respective regional characteristics of the city or area in which the investigation is being carried out should be incorporated into the plot. The St. Pauli Landungsbrücken or almost regularly the Cologne Cathedral as the background for the final scene in the current Cologne crime scene were popular in Hamburg's crime scenes .

At the beginning, no series with permanent actors was planned. They wanted a program slot reserved for crime novels on Sunday evening, which the broadcasters involved should fill themselves. Only the local color and, as a demarcation from the ZDF crime series Der Kommissar , locations outside the studio were specified.

While in the beginning the individual episodes had different lengths of up to almost two hours in some cases, since the late 1980s a uniform length of around 88 minutes per episode has become established.

Locations of the current crime scene investigative teams


Unlike most German crime series, the episodes of the crime scene take place in different locations, also due to the various investigative teams of the broadcasting corporations involved, which regularly focus on the area of ​​the broadcasting corporation producing. Teams that are tied to fixed locations predominate, as a rule large cities , but there are always investigators who are not tied to a specific location, such as Chief Inspector Finke in the 1970s (Schleswig-Holstein), Chief Inspector Charlotte Lindholm (until 2018 in Lower Saxony) and currently Lieutenant Colonel Moritz Eisner (Austria) and Chief Detective Officer Falke (Northern Germany).

The most common crime scene scenes include Munich (including Veigl, Batic / Leitmayr ), Hamburg (including Stoever ), Berlin (including Ritter / Stark ), Frankfurt (including Konrad and Brinkmann ), Cologne ( Ballauf / Schenk ), Leipzig (including Ehrlicher / Kain , Saalfeld / Keppler ), Ludwigshafen ( Odenthal / Kopper ), Stuttgart (including Bienzle ), Münster ( Thiel / Boerne ) and the Ruhr area cities of Essen ( Haferkamp ) and Duisburg ( Schimanski / Thanner ). Berlin, Hamburg and Munich have practically been established as locations for action since the series began. Smaller and only one-time places of action (for example with the “migrant workers” Finke, Lutz or Lindholm, also with individual consequences with non-returning commissioners in the 1980s) are often not specifically named or given fictitious names.


A special feature of the series is the number of investigators. In contrast to other television series, the Tatort has a large number of main actors who change from episode to episode, but at the same time represent recurring characters. This opposition stems from the fact that in the series scene several series are combined (if you because the consequences of recurring investigators considered a separate series looks). There are currently 20 investigators or investigative teams in the row; a total of more than 80 different investigators (teams) have already appeared. This peculiarity is due to the conception of the series (see above) as a joint production of the nine ARD broadcasters and the ORF .

Also, the Swiss Radio and Television (SRF) has added the series since January 2011, returned to his Sunday night program and produced two episodes annually. Swiss television was already involved in the crime scene from 1990 to 2001 and contributed twelve episodes during that time.

In the early episodes, the cases to be resolved with the associated people of suspects, witnesses and perpetrators are in the foreground of the plot. Most of the time, the commissioners only play a role as police officers. Their portrayal as private persons is largely omitted; many of the early crime scene inspectors do not even know the first names.

Private insights were rather rare: Inspector Veigl was seen in a popular theater performance or when attending a football World Cup match (1974). Only the early WDR investigators, customs investigator Kressin (mainly changing girlfriends) and Commissioner Haferkamp, ​​whose divorced wife ( Karin Eickelbaum ) appeared regularly and was occasionally involved in investigations , were the only ones to have a little more private life . Over the years, the personal story of the investigators or their idiosyncrasies is told more and more; this was heralded in the early 1980s by the appearance of Commissioner Schimanski.

Current investigators

Status: November 22, 2020 (1145 episodes broadcast)

debut Channel main characters image Minor characters actor city Number of episodes
1989 SWR (until 1998 SWF ) KOKin, later KHKin Lena Odenthal , KHK Mario Kopper (episodes 10-66) and KHKin Johanna Stern (from episode 60) Ulrike Folkerts and Andreas Hoppe Assistant Seidel (episodes 1–6), Kriminalrat Friedrichs (episodes 1–22), forensic technician Peter Becker (from episode 14), secretary Edith Keller (from episode 14), criminal adviser, later director Wolf (episodes 23–44), forensic doctor Sonja Römer (episodes 46–55), forensic doctor Dr. Hakan Özcan (since episode 62) Ulrike Folkerts , Andreas Hoppe (1996–2018), Lisa Bitter (from 2014), Michael Schreiner (until 1994), Hans-Günter Martens (until 2001), Peter Espeloer (since 1998), Annalena Schmidt (since 1998), Wolfgang Hepp (2001–2008), Brigitte Zeh (2009–2012), Kailas Mahadevan (since 2015) Ludwigshafen 71, of which 57 with a Kopper, 12 with a star
1991 BR KHK Ivo Batic and KHK Franz Leitmayr Udo Wachtveitl and Miroslav Nemec KOK Carlo Menzinger (episodes 4–47), candidate for a commissioner, later KK Kalli Hammermann (from episode 67), KHKin Christine Lerch (episodes 67–73), forensic doctor Dr. Matthias Steinbrecher (from episode 67), Chief Public Prosecutor Rudolf Kysela (from episode 68), KK Ritschy Semmler (from episode 72) Miroslav Nemec , Udo Wachtveitl , Michael Fitz (1992–2007), Ferdinand Hofer (since 2014), Lisa Wagner (2014–16), Götz Schulte (since 2014), Robert Joseph Bartl (since 2014), Stefan Betz (since 2016) Munich 85
1997 WDR KHK Max Ballauf and KOK, later KHK Freddy Schenk WDR shooting of crime scene Cologne "Wacht am Rhein" -8863.jpg Secretary Lissy Pütz (episodes 1–14), public prosecutor Wolfgang von Prinz (episodes 1–61), coroner Dr. Joseph Roth (from episode 3), assistant Franziska Lüttgenjohann (episodes 15-58), KK Tobias Reisser (episodes 59 and 63-71), KOK Norbert Jütte (from episode 72) Klaus J. Behrendt , Dietmar Bär , Anna Loos (1997–2000), Christian Tasche (1997–2014), Joe Bausch (since 1998), Tessa Mittelstaedt (2000–2014), Patrick Abozen (2014–18), Roland Riebeling ( since 2018) Cologne , two episodes in Leipzig 79 (two episodes each with Ehrlicher / Kain and Saalfeld / Keppler)
1999 ORF Chief Inspector, later Major or Lieutenant Colonel Moritz Eisner and Major Bibi Fellner (from episode 24) Harald KrassnitzerAdele Neuhauser District inspector Norbert Dobos (up to episode 5), group inspector Suza Binder (up to episode 5), forensic doctor Dr. Renata Lang (up to episode 8), inspector, later Lieutenant Colonel Franz Pfurtscheller (episodes 8-26), Colonel Ernst Rauter (from episode 11), forensic engineer Stefan Slavik (episodes 27-36), chief inspector Manfred Schimpf (from episode 35), forensic doctor Prof. Michael Kreindl (from episode 35) Harald Krassnitzer , Adele Neuhauser (since 2011), Alois Frank (until 2001), Loretta Pflaum (until 2001), Gundula Rapsch (until 2002), Alexander Mitterer (2002–2011), Hubert Kramar (since 2004), Stefan Puntigam (2012 –2015), Thomas Stipsits (since 2015), Günter Franzmeier (since 2015) Vienna as well as other places in Austria 48, including 24 with Fellner
2002 NDR KHKin Charlotte Lindholm and KHKin Anaïs Schmitz (from episode 26) Maria FurtwänglerFlorence Kasumba Roommate Martin Felser (episodes 1-16), criminal director Stefan Bitomsky (episodes 11-21), forensic doctor Edgar Strelow (episodes 12-14), coroner Nick Schmitz (from episode 26), secretary Margit Thies (episode 26), criminal director Gerd Liebig (from episode 26), KHK Jochen Kunkel (since episode 26), KK Leo Ciaballa (since episode 26) Maria Furtwängler , Florence Kasumba (since 2019), Ingo Naujoks (until 2010), Torsten Michaelis (2007–2012), David Rott (2008–2009), Daniel Donskoy (since 2019), Nadine Wrietz (2019), Luc Feit (since 2019), Roland Wolf (since 2019), Jonas Minthe (since 2019) Office in Hanover , cases alternating in Lower Saxony (up to episode 25), Göttingen (from episode 26) 28, including 3 with Schmitz (one episode with Borowski)
2002 WDR KHK Frank Thiel and forensic specialist Prof. Dr. Dr. Karl-Friedrich Boerne Axel PrahlJan Josef Liefers Forensic doctor Silke " Alberich " Haller, commissioner candidate, later KKin or KOKin Nadeshda Krusenstern (episodes 1–36, prosecutor Wilhelmine Klemm, KK Bernd Bulle (episodes 1–4), KK Mirco Schrader (from episode 37) Axel Prahl , Jan Josef Liefers , Christine Urspruch , Friederike Kempter (2002–2019), Mechthild Großmann , Oliver Bokern (2002–2003), Björn Meyer (since 2020) Muenster 37
2003 NDR KHK Klaus Borowski , commissioner candidate, later KKin Sarah Brandt (episodes 17–30) and KKin Mila Sahin (from episode 32) Axel MilbergAlmila Bagriacik Criminal psychologist Frieda Jung (episodes 1–14), KOK Alim Zainalow (episodes 1–6), criminal inspector Roland Schladitz, forensic technician Ernst Klee (episodes 2–26), forensic doctor Dr. Stormann (episodes 5–23), forensic doctor Dr. Jana Burkhardt / Kroll (from episode 24) Axel Milberg , Sibel Kekilli (2011-2017), Almila Bagriacik (since 2018), Maren Eggert (until 2010), Mehdi Moinzadeh (until 2006), Thomas Kügel , Jan Peter Heyne (2004-2015), Samuel Finzi (2005-2014 ), Anja Antonowicz (since 2015) Kiel 35, 13 with Brandt, 4 with Sahin
(one episode with Lindholm)
2008 SWR KHK Thorsten Lannert and KHK Sebastian Bootz Richy MullerFelix Klare Forensic technician Nika Banovic (episode 1–22), public prosecutor Emilia Álvarez, forensic doctor Dr. Daniel Vogt Richy Müller , Felix Klare , Mimi Fiedler (2008–2018), Carolina Vera Squella , Jürgen Hartmann Stuttgart 26th
2010 MR KHK Felix Murot Ulrich Tukur Secretary Magda Wächter Ulrich Tukur , Barbara Philipp Office in Wiesbaden , cases alternating in Hesse 9
2012 WDR KHK Peter Faber, KHKin Martina Bönisch , KOKin Nora Dalay, KOK Daniel Kossik (up to episode 10), KHK Jan Pawlak (from episode 12) KHK Peter Faber (Jörg Hartmann), KOKin Nora Dalay (Aylin Tezel), KHKin Martina Bönisch (Anna Schudt), KOK Daniel Kossik (Stefan Konarske) Forensic doctor Jonas Zander (up to episode 5), KHK Hans Krüger (up to episode 5), forensic doctor Greta Leitner (from episode 6) Jörg Hartmann , Anna Schudt , Aylin Tezel , Stefan Konarske (until 2017), Rick Okon (since 2018), Thomas Arnold (until 2015), Robert Schupp (until 2015), Sybille J. Schedwill (since 2015) Dortmund 17, 16 with Dalay, 10 with Kossik, 6 with Pawlak
2013 NDR KHK Nikolas "Nick" Tschiller and KHK Yalcin Gümer Til SchweigerFahri Yardım Public Prosecutor Hanna Lennerts (up to episode 4), KHK Holger Petretti, KKin Ines Kallwey (up to episode 4), KKin Robin Pien (from episode 6) Til Schweiger , Fahri Yardım , Edita Malovčić (until 2016), Tim Wilde , Britta Hammelstein (until 2016), Zoe Moore (from 2020) Hamburg 6th
2013 NDR KHK, later PHK Thorsten Falke , KHKin, later PHKin Katharina Lorenz (episodes 1–6) and POKin Julia Grosz (from episode 7) Wotan Wilke MöhringFranziska Weisz KHK Jan Katz (episodes 1–5) Wotan Wilke Möhring , Petra Schmidt-Schaller (until 2015), Sebastian Schipper (until 2015), Franziska Weisz (since 2016) Office in Hamburg , cases changing in Northern Germany 13, of which 6 with Lorenz, 7 with Grosz
2013 MDR KHK Lessing and KOKin, later KHKin Kira Dorn Nora TschirnerChristian Ulmen Kriminalrat Kurt Stich, forensic doctor Dr. Soulbinder, forensic technician Hans Bangen (up to episode 2), police officer Ludwig Maria "Lupo" Pohl (from episode 2) Christian Ulmen , Nora Tschirner , Thorsten Merten , Ute Wieckhorst , Wolfgang Maria Bauer (until 2014), Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey (since 2015) Weimar 10
2015 RBB KHKin Nina Rubin and KHK Robert Karow Meret Becker (2008)Mark Waschke KK Mark Steinke (up to episode 8), intern, later commissioner candidate Anna Feil, forensic technician Knut Janssen, forensic specialist Nasrin Reza (up to episode 9), forensic doctor Jamila Marques (from episode 10) Meret Becker , Mark Waschke , Tim Kalkhof (until 2018), Carolyn Genzkow , Daniel Krauss , Maryam Zaree (until 2019), Cynthia Micas (from 2019) Berlin 12th
2015 BR KHK Felix Voss, KHKin Paula Ringelhahn , KKin Wanda Goldwasser and KK Sebastian Fleischer Actor of the Franconian crime scene Forensic technician KHK Michael Schatz, police chief Dr. Mirko Kaiser (up to episode 4) Dagmar Manzel , Fabian Hinrichs , Eli Wasserscheid , Andreas Leopold Schadt , Matthias Egersdörfer , Stefan Merki (until 2018) Office in Nuremberg , cases changing in Franconia 6th
2015 MR KHKin Anna Janneke and KHK Paul Brix Margarita Broich KHK Henning Riefenstahl (up to episode 4), KK Jonas, landlady Fanny, forensic technician Uhlich (from episode 2), KHK Fosco Cariddi (episodes 5–9), public prosecutor Bachmann (from episode 8) Margarita Broich , Wolfram Koch , Roeland Wiesnekker (until 2016), Isaak Dentler , Zazie de Paris , Sascha Nathan (since 2015), Bruno Cathomas (2017–2019), Werner Wölbern (since 2018) Frankfurt am Main 12th
2016 MDR KOKin Karin Gorniak, KOKin Henni Sieland (episode 1–6), KOKin Leonie Winkler (from episode 7), KHK Peter Michael Schnabel Karin Hanczewski Cornelia GroeschelMartin Brambach Commissioner candidate Maria Magdalena Mohr (episode 1), forensic technician Ingo Mommsen, coroner Dr. Falko Lammert Karin Hanczewski , Alwara Höfels (2016–2018), Cornelia Gröschel (since 2019), Martin Brambach , Jella Haase (2016), Leon Ullrich , Peter Trabner Dresden 10, 6 with Sieland, 4 with Winkler
2016 SWR KHKin Ellen Berlinger and KHK Martin Rascher (from episode 2) Heike Makatsch (2012) KK Hendrik Koch (episode 1) Heike Makatsch , Sebastian Blomberg (since 2018), Max Thommes (2016) Freiburg (2016), Mainz (since 2018) 2, including 1 with Rascher
2017 SWR KHKin Franziska Tobler and KHK Friedemann Berg Eva LoebauHans-Jochen Wagner Chief Detective Cornelia Harms, KK Luka Weber (episode 3) Eva Löbau , Hans-Jochen Wagner , Steffi Kühnert , Carlo Ljubek (2018) Office in Freiburg , cases changing in the Black Forest 6th
2020 SR KHK Adam Schürk and KHK Leo Hölzer Daniel SträßerVladimir Burlakov KHKin Esther Baumann, KHKin Pia Heinrich, forensic doctor Dr. Henny Wenzel Daniel Sträßer , Vladimir Burlakov , Brigitte Urhausen , Ines Marie Westernströer , Anna Böttcher Saarbrücken 1
2020 SRF Feldweibel Isabelle Grandjean and Feldweibel Tessa Ott Carol Schuler Public prosecutor Anita Wegenast, forensic scientist Noah Löwenherz, adjutant Peter Herzog Anna Pieri Zuercher , Carol Schuler , Rachel Braunschweig , Aaron Arens , Roland Koch Zurich 1

Former Investigators

More than 60 investigators and investigative teams have left the series since the beginning. The first dropout was in 1972 the Baden-Baden KHK Horst Pflüger, played by Ernst Jacobi . Like many other investigators, he was left with only one case. Klaus Löwitsch had two missions as a “one-day fly” in Jürgen Roland's milieu studies for HR: After he was shot in 1982 as police chief Werner Rolfs on duty, he played the leading role again in 1985 under the name Reinhold Dietze in a crime scene as the Frankfurt police chief.

The work of Peter Sodann as the Saxon KHK Bruno Ehrlicher, who solved 45 cases between 1992 and 2007, was more permanent . Manfred Krug was active as Hamburg KHK Paul Stoever between 1984 and 2001 in 41 episodes, mostly together with Charles Brauer as KHK Peter Brockmöller. Dominic Raacke managed 37 cases as Berlin KHK Till Ritter from 1999 to 2014, mostly together with Boris Aljinovic as KHK Stark. Eva Mattes investigated 31 times as KHK Blum on Lake Constance from 2002 to 2016 . Götz George made 29 episodes as Horst Schimanski between 1981 and 1991.

Karl-Heinz von Hassel was also in service for more than a decade between 1985 and 2001 with 28 cases as Hessian KHK Edgar Brinkmann and Werner Schumacher as KHK Eugen Lutz (16 cases between 1971 and 1986) and Dietz-Werner Steck with 25 cases as the first KHK Ernst Bienzle from 1992 to 2007, both in Stuttgart. As Heinz Haferkamp, Hansjörg Felmy solved 20 cases within seven years, while Jochen Senf as Saarbrücker KHK Max Palu had 18 active years with 18 crime scene episodes.

Development of the investigator

In the early days, commissioners and investigators were common, who appeared as lone fighters, had no permanent colleagues in recurring roles, or at least were very much in the foreground in terms of the weighting in the action. A lone fighter, for example, was customs investigator Kressin ( Sieghardt Rupp ). Inspector Finke ( Klaus Schwarzkopf ), like Inspector Trimmel ( Walter Richter ), had a solid base of assistants, but they weren't too important.

In the course of time there was initially an increased involvement of the assistants; their roles gradually grew. The permanent employee Willi Kreutzer ( Willy Semmelrogge ) of Commissioner Haferkamp ( Hansjörg Felmy ), who solved a case on his own while his boss was on vacation (Felmy had stopped work at the crime scene), developed greater independence . The employees Lenz ( Helmut Fischer ) and Brettschneider ( Willy Harlander ) of Inspector Veigl ( Gustl Bayrhammer ) and assistant Wirz ( Kurt Jaggberg ) of Inspector Marek ( Fritz Eckhardt ) also became a bit more independent over time.

With the figure of Commissioner Thanner (Eberhard Feik), who quickly developed into an equal, albeit differently acting partner at the side of Commissioner Schimanski (Götz George), the two figures became equal. After a few episodes, Commissioner Stoever ( Manfred Krug ), who originally acted quite independently , received an almost equal, albeit initially lower-ranking partner in the figure of Brockmöller ( Charles Brauer ). Since the 1990s there have been almost all investigators with equal rights; Lone fighters such as Commissioner Lindholm ( Maria Furtwängler ) are the exception. Lieutenant Colonel Eisner ( Harald Krassnitzer ) initially had a permanent team of assistants, then appeared several episodes with changing assistants or alone, until he received Fellner's retribution at the crime scene .

Most of the time, when an investigator or investigative team expires, all protagonists are recruited, but it also happened again and again that after the departure of the previous main character, one of the employees took up the role of the boss, for example Commissioner Lenz (Helmut Fischer) in place of Commissioner Veigl (Gustl Bayrhammer), who starred in seven episodes. The Tatort episodes from Austria had a strong continuity in this respect for a long time , here the former assistant Wirz ( Kurt Jaggberg ) followed, albeit as a new figure Kurth Hirth, the retired predecessor Marek ( Fritz Eckhardt ) and was later replaced by the already introduced Fichtl ( Michael Janisch ). Max Ballauf ( Klaus J. Behrendt ) began his career as an assistant to Commissioner Flemming ( Martin Lüttge ) in Düsseldorf. Curiously, he was the assistant to the Commissioner Flemming and was Kriminalhauptmeister (KHM, middle service) and returned from the USA as KHK (KHK, high service). The colleague Deininger ( Gregor Weber ) from Commissioner Palu ( Jochen Senf ) also succeeded in joining the following investigative team. The Berlin commissioner Hassert ( Ulrich Faulhaber ) played a special role among the employees, and between 1976 and 1985 he assisted three different chief commissioners, namely investigators Schmidt ( Martin Hirthe ), Behnke ( Hans Peter Korff ) and Walther ( Volker Brandt ) . However, he did not make it to the main investigator. In his last case, KHK Eugen Lutz himself came under suspicion, the KHK Schreitle (Horst Michael Neutze), who was investigating him, then inherited him at the Stuttgart crime scene and at the end of the 1980s had three more episodes as the main investigator.

In addition to this continuity, especially in the 1970s and up to the mid-1980s, there were repeated individual appearances by investigators who were previously unknown and did not appear later (so-called "mayflies") such as KHK Nagel ( Diether Krebs ), which was only found in a single episode (No. 97 Everything in vain ) of the NDR 1979. The last flash in the pan so far was Chief Inspector Becker ( Klaus Wildbolz ) in 1996, who investigated the ORF's revenge in episode 338 . Since at that time smaller broadcasters usually only shot one crime scene per year, many actors could not afford not to get other roles due to their quality as "crime scene inspector".

As an exception in the ranks of the crime scene investigators, there are isolated protagonists who do not belong to the criminal police. These were, for example, customs investigator Kressin in the early years, MAD - Lieutenant Colonel Delius ( Horst Bollmann ) as well as patrol officer Rolfs or Dietze ( Klaus Löwitsch ) in the 1980s or, most recently, psychologist Jung ( Maren Eggert ) in Kiel and forensic doctor Professor Boerne ( Jan Josef Liefers ) in the Münster crime scene . The Falke and Lorenz team , which initially belonged to the LKA Hamburg , switched to a mobile search unit of the Federal Police with its third cold start case in 2014 .


At the beginning of the series, all investigators were male. As the first station of the Southwest Radio 1978 brought with Nicole Heesters woman as Mainz Commissioner Buchmüller (3 episodes), from 1981 to 1988 determined Karin Anselm as Hanne Wiegand (8 episodes), from then on, there was always female enhancement for male colleagues. The crime scene thus assumed a pioneering position in the West German crime scene - in the East German counterpart Polizeiruf 110 , however, Sigrid Göhler had been investigating a woman since the beginning in 1971 . There are now only six Tatort teams with men in the leading roles. In addition, Charlotte Lindholm ( Maria Furtwängler ) determines alone in Hanover. Since March 2016, two female inspectors and their male superiors have been investigating in Dresden .


Special cases formed in 1997 Commissioner Sommer ( Hannelore Elsner ), who was integrated into the crime scene series for two episodes from a previously independent crime series, as well as the above-mentioned episode Unter Brüdern , which is a cooperation with the crime series Polizeiruf 110 and allows both teams of investigators to cooperate . In 2006 there was a guest appearance by Tatortkommissar Dellwo in the police call 110 The mother of Monte Carlo .

A few years after the end of the Schimanski / Thanner team, the character of Horst Schimanski was reactivated in 1997 in a series of the same name that was no longer part of the Tatort series. There, however, the biography of the character Schimanski was updated, even if he was no longer a commissioner, but was only used as a "semi-official" investigator on a case-by-case basis. To a lesser extent, the policeman Hänschen , known from the Schimanski crime scenes, also appeared again there. By 2013 a total of 17 episodes were created. On a smaller scale, the character Thanner also experienced a short-term survival, because after the end of the crime scene team in question, she switched to the “colleagues” of the aforementioned crossover episode of Police Call 110 for one more episode .

The long-time Frankfurt investigator Edgar Brinkmann also solved two cases in a spin-off at the beginning of the 2000s after the end of his Tatort career .

The Stuttgart inspector Ernst Bienzle , who is based on a character in a novel by Felix Huby, also appeared as a theater figure in addition to his crime scene activities . And Günter Lamprecht also lets his character Markowitz live on in the plays Herrengold and Vaterliebe . The two plays were also referred to as the " crime scene chamber play". Lamprecht had played the character of Commissioner Markowitz in 1990 - before his first Tatort mission - in the television film Up there in the woods with these people .

Usually the teams of investigators are assigned to a permanent police station and thus operate largely in “their area”. An exception was Commissioner Lutz (Werner Schumacher), whose permanent punitive transfers were part of the concept. This made the figure of Eugen Lutz better known to the public under the nickname "Wanderpokal". In the last years of his tenure, however, he mainly operated in Stuttgart. His successors Schreitle and Bienzle also repeatedly investigated beyond the Stuttgart city limits.

Joe Bausch , who worked as a coroner in the Cologne crime scene as Dr. Joseph Roth appears, worked in real life as a prison doctor in the Werl correctional facility until his retirement in 2018 .

Guest appearances by Tatort colleagues

Cologne and Leipzig crime scene investigators during the filming of the episode "Ihr Kinderlein kommet", 2011

In the early episodes, guest appearances by the commissioners were part of the concept. A crime scene inspector from another city played a supporting role in almost every early episode. In this way, the various commissioners should be networked, and the television audience should not forget the commissioners who usually appear only once a year. In addition, in Kressin and the dead man in the fleet (3rd crime scene) Kressin and Trimmel investigate together in Hamburg, in Dangerous Bugs (1974) Lutz and Kreutzer in Karlsruhe, supported by Trimmel in Hamburg; this episode has two guest inspectors from different broadcasters. Customs investigator Kressin had a special form of guest appearance in the crime scene episode Jagdrevier : In the evening in the TV room of an inn, Inspector Finke follows the episode Kressin and the painter's wife on the screen.

Later guest appearances became rare. Saarbrücken inspector Palu (Jochen Senf) had one of the last well-known ones in the last Tatort episode with Götz George, Der Fall Schimanski from 1991. 10 years later, Bienzle appeared in Tatort: ​​You have no chance and helped his colleague Palu.

There was a curious guest appearance in 1994 in the 471st episode of Lindenstrasse . The investigators of the BR crime scene Leitmayr (Udo Wachtveitl) and Batic (Miroslav Nemec) appear with a UNICEF donation can in Lindenstrasse. The occasion was the 300th episode of the crime scene. Quotation from Lindenstrasse resident Amelie von der Marwitz on the door of the apartment: “But you don't belong on this street at all. You are Commissioners Leitmayr and Batic. "

In 2000 Lena Odenthal went on a trip to a soccer game in Munich, where she met her colleagues Batic and Leitmayr in Kleine Diebe .

The idea of ​​administrative assistance was taken up again in 2000 and 2002 with the consequences of the quartet in Leipzig and the return leg . The Cologne inspectors Ballauf (Klaus J. Behrendt) and Schenk (Dietmar Bär) together with their Leipzig colleagues Ehrlicher (Peter Sodann) and Kain (Bernd Michael Lade) are investigating.

In the Münster crime scene Der Doppelte Lott (2005), Cologne inspectors Ballauf and Schenk also made a brief guest appearance as Professor Boerne in Cologne forensic medicine, who was led by his colleague Dr. Roth is headed to look for traces of a corpse.

In the Cologne crime scene Kaltes Herz (2010), the Bremen criminal assistant Karlsen (Winfried Hammelmann) has a guest appearance. In the corridor of the police station he meets Commissioner Schenk. When asked "Karlsen, what are you doing here?" He replies: "Further training".

In the two crime scenes Kinderland and Ihr Kinderlein kommet (April 8 and 9, 2012), Leipzig and Cologne are again investigating together. This time Ballauf and Schenk meet Saalfeld and Keppler in a murder case of a missing young woman from Leipzig .

In Welcome to Hamburg in 2013 there was a brief meeting between Chief Inspector Tschiller and Chief Inspector Thorsten Falke , who had not yet been introduced into the series ; Falke's first case of Feuerteufel was shot first, but only broadcast after Willkommen in Hamburg .

In the 1000th episode Taxi to Leipzig from 2016, in addition to the current main characters, the inspectors Lindholm and Borowski, the former crime scene investigators Markowitz (1991 to 1995) and Wiegand (1981 to 1988) as well as Lieutenant Peter Klaus a figure from the first crime scene with the same title . In the 1115th episode Das Team (first broadcast New Year 2020), the Dortmund inspectors Faber and Bönisch meet their Münster inspector Krusenstern at a workshop.

See also the list of the crime scene episodes with the guest inspectors listed in the "Investigators" column.



The idea for the series comes from Gunther Witte , who was commissioned by Günter Rohrbach to develop a new crime series for WDR , as a successor to the ARD steel network crime series and as a response to competition in the entertainment sector from the ZDF crime series Der Kommissar . The suggestion came from an older RIAS radio series entitled It happened in Berlin , which dealt with documentary and exciting real criminal cases linked to Berlin. Witte chose the title Tatort , which was originally supposed to be supplemented by the name of the respective setting. In order to distribute the financial burden of a large crime series, he wanted to involve the other regional ARD broadcasters, which should each produce their episodes set in their own broadcasting area. Witte's concept initially met with little interest at one of the quarterly meetings of the ARD television game bosses. In the second attempt, however, it was approved at the next meeting in 1970 and was to be implemented at such short notice that there was no more time to produce your own films for the series.

The first episode taxi to Leipzig was on 29 November 1970, Walter Richter as Commissioner Trimmel in the German television broadcast. The film produced by NDR had already been completed when the decision to start the crime scene was made and was only subsequently integrated into the series as a kick-off film. The television film was already Exclusive! , also with Commissioner Trimmel; this was repeated in 1971 (and afterwards) as Tatort, episode 9, and is the oldest Tatort production. Other stations also initially showed films in the series that were not originally planned as a crime scene .


The currently approx. 35 new Tatort episodes per year ( see also below ) are only partially produced in the individual broadcasters' own production facilities. For the most part, the production takes place as commissioned production by film production companies for the broadcasters, often these are their own subsidiaries. The average production budget of a crime scene in 2003/2004 was 1.43 million euros and fell to 1.27 million euros per episode by 2011. In 2015, Das Erste stated the average cost of a 90-minute crime scene at 1.395 million euros (15,500 euros / minute). The actual costs, however, vary greatly depending on the type of production and the respective broadcasting company. In 2015, Swiss television reported production costs of 2.1 million francs for its own crime scenes.

The fees of the commissioner actors are estimated to be between 80,000 and 120,000 € per episode for established actors. 21 to 30 days of filming are set per episode , with the number of days of filming increased significantly to the lower limit in recent times. The average number of days of shooting fell from 28 in the 2000s to 23 in 2011, and elaborate stunt scenes also became rarer. According to information from ARD from October 2013, the average production costs of a commissioned production are distributed as follows: 30% and thus the largest share is accounted for by the staff's fees and fees, 20% for the actors' fees and fees, 12% for the producer surcharge (profit and commercial costs of the producer), 10% on external recordings, 10% on general costs, 6% on sales tax, 5% on equipment, 4% on image / sound material and editing and 3% on rights. Of the monthly broadcast fee of 17.50 euros, around 14 cents go to the production of the Sunday crime thriller Tatort and Polizeiruf 110 .

In order to save travel and accommodation costs for the extensive film crews, among other things , many scenes are not shot at the original locations, but at the locations of the production companies and broadcasters. For example, for the WDR crime scene Münster, only external scenes are regularly recorded in Münster, while the other scenes are usually shot in Cologne and the surrounding area, the headquarters of the WDR and the production company Colonia Media .

The Südwestrundfunk produces a large part of the recordings of its crime scenes in Constance, Ludwigshafen and Stuttgart in Baden-Baden and the surrounding area as well as in nearby Karlsruhe . At the production site in Baden-Baden, the transmitter had a former school converted in 2006 and set up the backdrops for all three commissariats as well as a common pathology, which is equipped with a used dissection table and corpse refrigerator. In 2011, an average of four to five of approximately 25 days of filming at an SWR crime scene took place at the original location.

Where the location of the action and the production location coincide, film motifs that are located outside are often used , for example to avoid frequent use of the motifs or because of difficult-to-obtain filming permits on site. This results in breaks in geographical conditions, so that the image of the city presented in the film does not necessarily correspond to reality in terms of, for example, distances, locations and relationships between objects.

The longstanding Tatort coordinator was the WDR TV film director Gebhard Henke . After numerous women, including directors and actresses, accused Henke of sexual harassment, Henke was fired.

Opening credits

The actor in the opening credits filmed in Munich in 1970 (eyes looking through a slit and a person fleeing) is the Bavarian actor and later businessman Horst Lettenmayer , who received a one-off 400 DM for the shoot. The shot, in which only his legs can be seen racing, was taken on a section of the then Munich-Riem airport . Many years later, Lettenmayer also took part in an episode: In 1989, in the Schimanski crime scene Der Pott, he played a union boss who was murdered.

The graphic designer of the opening credits was Kristina Böttrich-Merdjanowa , who received a one-off DM 2,500 for this. The end of 2009 she filed in a court case before the Munich I Regional Court an action by stages one of access for higher pay and Attribution, in the district court Munich I with a partial judgment of 24 March 2010, initially decided in much in favor of the applicant. In February 2011, however, the Munich Higher Regional Court overturned this judgment and dismissed the action.

The theme music was composed by Klaus Doldinger in 1970 and has only been carefully modified twice, in 1979 and 2004.

Udo Lindenberg played the drums in the first version .


From March 1995, the Tatort episodes broadcast in the first were heralded by a sponsorship spot for the Krombacher brewery , in which an island was shown in a pre-barrier of the Wiehl dam . The amendment to the Interstate Broadcasting Treaty largely eliminates the previous distinction between advertising and program sponsorship, which is why the spot, now classified as advertising, has not been shown since January 2013.


The first crime scene taxi to Leipzig was staged by Peter Schulze-Rohr , who directed another 14 cases. In total, more than 280 directors were responsible for the more than 900 episodes to date (plus the 13 Austrian in-house productions) (as of March 2014). Hartmut Griesmayr shot most of the Tatort episodes so far , and he first worked for the Tatort with the episode Everything for Free , which was broadcast in March 1979 . His 25th and so far last work in the series was the last crime scene of the chief detective Bienzle, Bienzle and his worst case in February 2007. Hajo Gies directed 21 episodes, Kaspar Heidelbach 17 episodes, followed by Thomas Jauch and Theo Mezger , each with 16 Consequences.

Many well-known film and television directors such as Lars Becker , Samuel Fuller , Dominik Graf , Wolfgang Petersen , Jürgen Roland , Wolfgang Staudte , Margarethe von Trotta , Fritz Umgelter , Michael Verhoeven , and Dieter Wedel belong to the circle of Tatort directors.


A large number of scriptwriters and directors worked for the series, including well-known people such as Felix Huby , Wolfgang Petersen , Herbert Rosendorfer and Michael Verhoeven .

The scripts for the so far 886 episodes (plus the 13 Austrian in-house productions) were written by 449 different authors, in many episodes also as teams (as of November 17, 2013). Friedhelm Werremeier wrote the script for the first crime scene taxi to Leipzig together with the director Peter Schulze-Rohr . Werremeier also wrote the scripts for 11 other crime scenes. Most of the templates were written by Felix Huby , who wrote 33 scripts and created, among others, the crime scene inspectors Max Palu, Ernst Bienzle and Jan Casstorff. Herbert Lichtenfeld and Fred Breinersdorfer each wrote 19 scripts; this is followed by the authors Fritz Eckhardt , Andreas Pflüger and Jan Hinter with 17 books each .


In the more recent episodes, standard German is spoken almost exclusively , exceptions are some episodes of ORF , SR , BR and SWR . In the early days of the crime scene, the local color also included the dialect spoken in the respective area of ​​the event.

The NDR broadcast the episode Wat Recht is, mutt Recht bliewen in 1982 , in which a Low German language variety was spoken and translated with High German subtitles. Such an experiment has not yet been repeated.

Swiss Tatort films are shot in Swiss German and dubbed for the German and Austrian markets. The dialect version can only be seen in Switzerland (SRF 1), the synchronized version only in Germany and Austria (Das Erste / ORF 2).

The crime series Trautmann , shown from 2000 on ORF, was supposed to replace the Viennese investigator Eisner within the Tatort series due to its great success from 2002, but was discontinued by ARD shortly before the first broadcast because of the supposedly difficult to understand Viennese dialect .


Primarily in the 1980s and 1990s, some of the songs that were played within and at the end of the episodes became known or even commercially successful through the Tatort broadcasts. The most successful songs to date are Midnight Lady , written by Dieter Bohlen and sung by Chris Norman , from the Tatort episode Der Tausch (1986) and Faust auf Faust ( Schimanski ) by the Klaus Lage Band , written by Klaus Lage and Norbert Heirell , in the first crime scene movie Tooth for Tooth in the summer of 1985. Here is a small selection of the songs from the respective episodes:

Artists Theme song episode year Channel
Can vitamin C Dead pigeon in Beethovenstrasse 1973 WDR
Frank Duval Hey girl Shots in the closed season 1977 BR
Marius Müller-Westernhagen I feel free here in the pub Frontier workers 1981 WDR
Tangerine Dream The girl on the stairs (White Eagle) The girl on the stairs 1982 WDR
Warning Why Can the Bodies Fly Peggy is scared 1982 SWF
Tangerine Dream Daydream Miriam 1983 WDR
Dhuo Walkin ' Hot snow 1984 BR
Jil Anderson Without You (baby, baby) Sharks off Heligoland 1984 NDR
Mark Spiro Winds of Change The house in the woods 1985 WDR
Patricia Simpson Dreams in the City Night patrol 1985 ORF
Klaus Lage Band Fist to fist Tooth for tooth 1985 Motion picture
Chris Norman Midnight Lady The exchange 1986 WDR
The dead pants Waste your time Full of hate 1986 NDR
FB Eye Money is the power Corpse in the basement 1986 NDR
Joy Destination heartbeat Escape to death 1987 ORF
Sandra Stop for a minute Salu Palu 1987 SR
Klaus location Never again child (Instr.) Zabou 1987 WDR
Ian Cussick Too lonely to win His last will 1988 SDR
Chris Norman Broken Heroes Broken flowers 1988 WDR
Roger Chapman Slap bang in the middle Solitary confinement 1988 WDR
Klaatu Woman Deadly meeting 1988 SDR
Blue system Silent Water Moltke 1988 WDR
Rio Reiser Over night The Pott 1989 WDR
Klaus location hand in hand Among brothers 1990 WDR , DFF
Bonnie Tyler Against the wind The Schimanski case 1991 WDR
Wolf Maahn Cool The murderer and the prince 1992 WDR
Markus Küpper She broke up An honorable house 1994 MDR
Rio Reiser dreams Ice Age in the heart 1995 BR
Ben Becker old man Wrong alibi 1995 MDR
Rebecca Littig Kyrie Holy blood 1996 WDR
The Brandalls Not the Time to Write a Love Song The girl with the doll 1996 WDR
Büdi Siebert The champion Bienzle and the champion 1998 SDR
Liv Kristine 3AM Scrooge's grandson 1999 SFB
The EDY 168 168 My territory 2012 WDR
Schmidt Heart Shaped Gun Illusory worlds 2013 WDR
Roland Kaiser egoist Hum hum hum 2013 WDR
Element of Crime When the wolf sleeps, all sheep must rest The mad Ivan 2014 MDR
Rammstein ashes to Ashes The story of the bad Friederich 2016 MR


Since the series began on November 29, 1970, over 1000 episodes (plus 13 Austrian in-house productions) have been broadcast. In the first two decades, usually only eleven or twelve films were made per year, after which the annual production continued to increase. In 2005, 35 new episodes were broadcast.

The content of the episodes and the investigator characters have changed significantly since the series began. This is no coincidence, because "the crime series has been depicting the reality of the Federal Republic of Germany for around 30 years" (Frankfurter Rundschau) .

List of crime scene episodes

In addition to the list of all crime scene episodes, many investigative teams have their own articles, each with a list of the team-specific episodes.


So far, three Tatort episodes have been specially produced for the cinema and only shown on television with a time delay as part of the Tatort series: Tooth for tooth with the investigative team Schimanski and Thanner was shown in the cinema in 1985 and on television for the first time on December 27, 1987. In 1987 the cinema premiere of Zabou followed with the same investigators. In mid-2015, a movie with the investigators Tschiller and Gümer was produced. The film, entitled Tschiller: Off Duty , opened in German cinemas on February 4, 2016.

In 2013, considerations became known to produce a movie with the successful investigator duo Thiel and Boerne . The episode Burned with Federal Police Investigators Falke and Lorenz was shown as a preview in numerous cinemas at the end of September 2015, before being broadcast on television two weeks later.

Additional episodes of the Austrian radio

Between 1985 and 1989, 13 Tatort episodes were produced exclusively for Austrian radio. These were not initially broadcast in Germany; It was not until the 1990s that some episodes were broadcast in the third programs and on 3sat . According to the ORF, the broadcasting rights have already expired, which is why there can be no further television broadcasts. On November 1, 2015, however, the ORF showed the film Strindberg's Fruits , which is one of these 13 episodes.

After Lieutenant Colonel Moritz Eisner was introduced to the Tatort series, the ORF decided to produce an offshoot that deals with murder cases in Eisner's holiday destination, Tyrol. Since the spin-off came to ARD via detours, it was included in the Tatort series a few years later. Since then, Lieutenant Colonel Eisner has also been investigating outside of Vienna.


Most of the current episodes have been available in the ARD media library for seven days from the time they were first broadcast since the beginning of 2010 , and for thirty days since November 2015. Before that, this was only possible for a few episodes. Access is available internationally (with the exception of SRF and ORF contributions), but may be limited to the period between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. German time for reasons of youth protection.

Repetitions of Tatort episodes on German television have often been shown on third-party programs in recent years . Episodes that have already been broadcast will also be repeated in Das Erste, currently usually on Fridays at 10:00 p.m. In some cases, for example during the summer holidays, episodes that are broadcast earlier on Sunday evenings are also shown earlier. Most recent episodes are repeated and only a few episodes that are well over 10 years old. Occasionally, older episodes are repeated on special occasions, such as the 2010 Haferkamp episodes on WDR, on the occasion of Essen's status as European Capital of Culture 2010 .

Not repeated episodes

There are five Tatort episodes that cannot or should not be repeated since they were first broadcast. These so-called poison cabinet episodes are episodes with a blocking notice within the transmitter. These are in detail:

The episode The Yellow Underskirt (SWF, February 17, 1980) was not repeated by the producing Südwestfunk for almost 36 years until January 16, 2016, because those responsible were of the opinion that the film set around the Mainz Carnival had significant qualitative deficiencies Script and implementation.

The consequences of the crime scene death in the subway shaft (SFB, November 9, 1975), three loops (WDR, August 28, 1977), blood trail (WDR, August 20, 1989) and deaths do not need an apartment (BR, November 11, 1973 ) were also not broadcast again for several years, but were repeated on television after a change of artistic director, or after a review or correction. After the episode Der Eskimo (HR, January 5, 2014) was initially not repeated after protests by several viewers who recognized themselves in the photos shown in the film without their permission, this episode could now be seen again.

Home video

Numerous crime scenes have also been released on DVD since 2009; this was done both in the form of individual DVDs and in city and investigator boxes.


In view of the audience ratings, which have risen in recent years and are now at a peak level, in 2014 Dieterschlag wrote in radio correspondence that the crime scene was the audience magnet that had previously played the Saturday evening show Wetten, dass ..? held. The media scientist Dietrich Leder explained the increased audience interest in the film series with improved marketing through the establishment of more and more investigators and more and more prominent actors.

Interaction with viewers

Topics from the crime scene episodes were taken up several times in the talk show Günther Jauch , which was broadcast until 2015 following the crime scene episodes , including the episodes Das goldene Band (2012) and Ohnmacht (2014).

Since 2014, during and after the broadcast of Tatort episodes, an expert chat has been offered by the respective production channels, in which viewers could get in touch with members of the editorial team of the channels, but also with experts related to the respective topic of the episode. Such interactive offers were u. a. for the episodes Kaltstart (2014), Schwanensee (2015), once really die (2015) and Mia san jetz da wo's hurt (2016).

Top 5 episodes with the most Twitter posts
title number
Born in pain
Heaven is a place on earth
The great pain
Lower instincts
Source: Bayerischer Rundfunk

With the increasing spread of the viewing habits of the second screen , the average number of spectators took the published during the premiere of the scene sequences Twitter contribution fraud and rose from 6,000 tweets in 2013 to over 9000 tweets in the first quarter of 2016 as the Bayerische Rundfunk determined . An average of 8461 tweets are written per Tatort, as an evaluation of around 930,000 tweets from 73,730 different Twitter users on 114 Tatort episodes showed. The most tweets were counted with 20,557 messages for the episode Born in Pain , followed by Heaven is a place on earth with 18,062 tweets, The Great Pain with 17,143, Purgatory with 16,167 and Lower Instincts with 15,529 tweets.

Around the crime scene launched the Hessian Broadcasting "crime scene - the show" an interactive Web TV and radio show with host Daniel Boschmann that immediately after the movie about the radio stations You FM is broadcast and interaction audience is focused on.

Audience ratings

The Tatort series is one of the most popular television series and series in Germany. In 2009, Tatort featured 32 of the 50 most-watched series episodes on German television; in 2010, 13 of the 15 most-watched films on German television were Tatort.

At the beginning of the Tatort broadcasts in the 1970s, public service broadcasting, which was still unrivaled at the time, achieved ratings of more than 25 million viewers and a market share of over 70%. The most successful crime scene of all time is the episode Red - Red - Dead of the SDR with Commissioner Lutz as investigator, which was broadcast on January 1, 1978 and seen by 26.57 million viewers. At the latest in the 1980s, this situation changed due to competition from private television after the introduction of the dual broadcasting system and the ratings fell to a significantly lower level. But they are still among the outstanding values. The annual average for 1996 in Germany was only 7.05 million viewers for the crime scene. The crime scene has been able to overcome this weak phase since the mid-2000s: In 2007, an average of 7.3 million viewers saw the episodes of the television series, in 2008 it was 7.09 million, in 2009 it was 7.76 million, in 2010 7.99 million and 2011 around 8.5 million viewers per crime scene. In 2013, an average of 9.32 million viewers followed a new Tatort episode.

Since 2010, the WDR investigators Thiel and Boerne , as the team with the highest average ratings, have each reached over 10 million viewers in Germany with all their first broadcasts (as of April 2013). Her episode Summ, Summ, Summ had in 2013 with 12.99 million viewers the largest viewer reach of a crime scene since 1992. Shortly before that, Willkommen in Hamburg , the entry-level case of the cinema star Til Schweiger as crime scene inspector, had 12.74 million viewers largest range achieved since 1993. The scene of the crime scene shot by the Münster investigative team on April 2, 2017 reached a new record with 14.56 million viewers (39.6% market share). Since 1992 ( Stoevers case , 15.86 million, 52.8% market share) no episode has been seen by more people when it was first broadcast.

The CRC crime scene A Touch of Hollywood (CRC, July 13, 1998) was found by the ARD program commission in 1998 to be unsuitable for prime time at 8:15 p.m. on Sunday. It premiered on a Monday retreat at 11 p.m. The reason for this was the criticized quality defects of image and story. Like all films with investigators Roiter and Zorowski , the film was shot with Betacam because the SFB was able to save production costs of 50,000 DM. Due to the late broadcast slot, the first broadcast only reached 1.11 million viewers and a market share of 15.08%, which is the lowest number of viewers of all Tatort episodes when first broadcast.

Average viewership in millions
city Investigator
November 2011 to
October 2013
March 2011 to
March 2013
January 26, 2013 to
January 25, 2015
since January 26, 2015
Berlin Ritter, Stark (until 2015) 8.46 8.56 9.61 -
Berlin Rubin, Karow (since 2015) - - - 9.33
Bremen Lürsen, Stede friend 8.78 8.85 9.30 8.87
Dortmund Faber, Bönisch, Dalay, Kossik (since 2012) 8.90 8.90 8.79 9.21
Dresden Sieland, Gorniak, Schnabel - - - 8.65
Erfurt Funck, Schaffert, Grewel - - 9.44 -
Frankfurt am Main Steier, Mey (until 2015) 8.83 8.73 9.22 9.37
Frankfurt am Main Janneke, Brix (since 2015) - - - 9.04
Freiburg in Breisgau Tobler, Berg - - - 9.13
Hamburg Batu (until 2012) 7.0 7.0 - -
Hamburg Tschiller, Gümer (since 2013) 12.57 (only one episode ) 12.57 (only one episode ) 11.47 7.97
Hamburg Falke, Lorenz (2013–2015) ,
Falke, Grosz (from 2016)
10.07 ( One episode only ) - 9.87 8.09
Hanover Lindholm 10.43 10.20 10.19 ( One episode only ) 11.00 ( an episode with Borowski )
Kiel Borowski 8.48 7.68 9.72 9.47 ( an episode with Lindholm )
Cologne Ball on, Schenk 9.43 8.79 9.90 9.57
Constancy Blum, Perlmann (until 2016) 9.21 9.28 9.46 9.90
Leipzig Saalfeld, Keppler (until 2015) 8.76 8.71 8.81 9.78
Ludwigshafen Odenthal, Kopper 9.02 8.66 9.60 9.39
Lucerne Flückiger, Ritschard 7.54 7.24 7.37 7.65
Munich Batic, Leitmayr 9.02 8.73 9.31 9.72
Muenster Thiel, Boerne 12.36 11.58 (excluding the record series of March 24, 2013 ) 12.79 13.16
Nuremberg Voss, ring cock - - - 10.26
Saarbrücken Kappl, Deininger (until 2012) 9.28 ( One episode only ) 9.28 ( One episode only ) - -
Saarbrücken Stellbrink, Marx (since 2013) 8.76 9.13 (only one episode ) 8.39 9.69 (only one episode )
Stuttgart Lannert, Bootz 9.63 8.96 9.13 8.81
Weimar Lessing, Dorn - - 8.45 8.70
Vienna Eisner , Fellner 8.34 7.69 8.74 8.67
Wiesbaden Murot 6.86 ( One episode only ) 6.86 ( One episode only ) 9.38 7.06 ( One episode only )


Tatort: ​​Moltke was the first episode in the series in 1989 that was awarded an Adolf Grimme Prize . Other films as well as staff members and actors from the crime scene received television awards, see section Media significant episodes as well as the list of crime scene episodes .

Tatort inventor Gunther Witte received the jury award at the 2013 Bambi Gala. In 2014 the program format Tatort. Awarded the special honor of the German Adult Education Association at the 50th Grimme Prize .

In 2014, the Tatort television series received a platinum anniversary romy, which was presented by presenter Barbara Schöneberger to the Austrian team (Harald Krassnitzer and Adele Neuhauser), representing all teams.

Socio-political significance

A socio-political significance can also be ascribed to the consequences: For the first time, the conflict between the various social classes was discussed in a German crime thriller . The figure of Commissioner Schimanski , introduced in 1981, can also be seen in this context . With him, for the first time, an investigator appeared who clearly and perceptibly comes from the working class.

At the crime scene, socially explosive topics were repeatedly prepared in a popular form. The subject of the division of Germany was taken up repeatedly, for example in the first episode, Taxi to Leipzig , as well as in Transit ins Jenseits (1976) and in the Schimanski episode Unter Brüdern (1990). Lately the concept of intruding into a relatively independent milieu has been pursued more often at the crime scene . The following milieus come into question, for example: economic, political and financial milieus, lower-class, migration and outsider milieus, youth and club milieus (e.g. fire brigade, garden colony, sports clubs) or groups of narrowly defined organized crime . By concentrating on the closer environment, it is often possible to get close insights even for viewers who in reality have little contact with these diverse milieus. It is even part of the concept of the series that the investigators often first have to get an overview of the new circumstances found at the crime scene. The “ordinary” crime, which can happen to virtually anyone and whose forensic investigation hardly poses any problems, has been dramatically sidelined. It has spawned its own genre of crime : the faction psycho-crime, which focuses on the perpetrator's psychological constitution. In addition, current topics from national and international politics are presented. This is also how various crime scene episodes of armed conflicts act, more recently the consequences of the Home Front and Fat Dogs with Bundeswehr soldiers who have returned from Afghanistan .

The topic of “migration”, which was taken up particularly often in the series, has a special position in this context. Even the first clear theming of the migration problem in Death in the U-Bahnschacht (1975) with Erdal Merdan in the lead role led to protests from the audience and, among other things, a complaint from Franz Josef Strauss to the SFB. The episode who deserves credit later even resulted in a public demonstration by the depicted population group.

In particular, the socio-political aspects have made the crime scene an object of scientific activity, primarily in the areas of sociology, philosophy and literary studies.

In contrast to the subjects of the consequences , the investigative methods presented are often far from reality, and the interrogation methods are often illegal, without these “breaches of the rule of law” being discussed or problematized. The criminal lawyer Henning Ernst Müller even spoke of " propaganda against the rule of law " on the occasion of one episode .

According to the Regensburg cultural scientist Hendrik Buhl, the crime scene stands for a left-liberal worldview.

Significant media consequences

The team from Never again be free at the 2011 Grimmepreis
  • 2010 - Never be free again (episode 784, December 19, 2010) - Script: Dinah Marte Golch , Director: Christian Zübert - The episode with Miroslav Nemec and Udo Wachtveitl begins with the acquittal of an alleged sex murderer and revolves around the topics of law and Justice. Awarded the Grimme Prize and the German Television Crime Prize 2011.
  • 2011 - Das Dorf (episode 819, December 4, 2011) - Script: Daniel Nocke , director: Justus von Dohnányi - LKA investigator Murot ( Ulrich Tukur ) comes across an organ trade in a small Taunus village by chance . Hardly any other episode has received such a contrasting echo in the criticism.
  • 2012 - Borowski and the free fall (episode 846, October 14, 2012) - Book: Fred Breinersdorfer and Eoin Moore, director: Eoin Moore - In this episode, Klaus Borowski ( Axel Milberg ) and Sarah Brandt ( Sibel Kekilli ) fictitiously investigate death Uwe Barschels continues to clear up the death of an author who is said to have discovered new facts about the Barschel affair . Facts from the Barschel case are taken up.
  • 2013 - Welcome to Hamburg (episode 865, March 10, 2013) - Script: Christoph Darnstädt , Director: Christian Alvart - First assignment for Til Schweiger as a crime scene inspector in Hamburg . High media presence and discussions about Til Schweiger's new role in advance. The episode started out relatively action-packed and, with 12.57 million viewers, had more than any other since 1993.
  • 2014 - Born in pain (episode 920, October 12, 2014) - Script: Michael Proehl , Director: Florian Schwarz ; with Ulrich Tukur and Ulrich Matthes - Awarded several times before the broadcast. Littered with allusions to Shakespeare , Tarantino , ancient tragedies; completely underlaid with classical music. With 47 dead so far the sequence with the most corpses. Received the Adolf Grimme Prize in 2015.
  • 2015 - Who am I? (Episode 968, December 27, 2015) - Written and directed: Bastian Günther : film-in-film story about a death during a crime scene shoot; Murot actor Ulrich Tukur comes under suspicion, in the end the line between fiction and reality becomes blurred. For the first time in a crime scene, different police officers meet in their roles as actors and persons.
  • 2016 - Taxi to Leipzig (episode 1000, November 13, 2016) - Script and direction: Alexander Adolph : Anniversary episode with the same title as the first Tatort; Crossover episode of Commissioners Lindholm ( Maria Furtwängler ) and Borowski ( Axel Milberg ). In addition, the former crime scene investigators Günter Lamprecht act as Berlin commissioner Frank Markowitz and Karin Anselm as commissioner a. D. Hanne Wiegand with, and a character from episode 1 appears with Lieutenant Peter Klaus ( Hans Peter Hallwachs ), at that time still a people's police officer of the GDR .
  • 2017/2018 - Babbeldasch (episode 1012, February 27, 2017) and Waldlust (episode 1050, March 4, 2018): Directed by Axel Ranisch , the two episodes were staged without written dialogues based on improvised texts . Babbeldasch in particular was heavily criticized; After it was broadcast, there was a discussion in the media about experimental crime scene episodes that deviate from the classic crime scene .
  • 2018 - The music dies last (episode 1063, August 5, 2018) - Written and directed by Dani Levy : One-Shot setting, that is, the film was in a single uncut setting added. The protagonist Franky Loving speaks directly to the audience in some scenes.
  • 2020 - The Team (episode 1115, January 1, 2020) - Director: Jan Georg Schütte : Commissioners Faber and Boenisch from Dortmund and Krusenstern from Münster meet - the interaction of the commissioners took place through improvisation of the actors largely without a script. NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet made a guest appearance as himself in the crossover case.
  • 2020 - In the family (episode 1146/1147, November 29, 2010/6 December 2020) - Director: Dominik Graf , Pia Strietmann : double episode for the 50th anniversary of the crime scene.


On November 2, 2020, the first day of issue, Deutsche Post AG issued a postage stamp in the series German TV Legends with a face value of 80 euro cents on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the crime scene. The design comes from the graphic artist Thomas Steinacker from Bonn.


The LTB number 539 is titled Back at the scene Duckburg .

Guest appearances by celebrities

Crime scene and police call 110

The GDR counterpart to the crime scene was Police Call 110 , which today shares the broadcasting slot with the crime scene. The first crossover episode between the two series was Unter Brüdern in 1990 , in which the West German commissioners Schimanski and Thanner (portrayed by Götz George and Eberhard Feik ) met their East German colleagues Fuchs and Grawe (portrayed by Peter Borgelt and Andreas Schmidt-Schaller ) . After Götz George's departure from the crime scene, there was the police call sequence Thanner's new job (1991), in which Eberhard Feik was to be introduced to the police call. Another point of contact was in the police call episode The Mother of Monte Carlo (2006), in which police call inspector Thomas Keller (portrayed by Jan-Gregor Kremp ) met his Frankfurt crime scene colleague Fritz Dellwo ( Jörg Schüttauf ). At the end of police call 110: turning maneuver (part 2) it is mentioned that “a Mr. Tschiller from Hamburg” was on the phone.

Novel adaptations

Around 70 crime scenes have also appeared as novels. Some of them are novels that were published before the film was made, and some are based on the respective original script.


  • Björn Bollhöfer: Geographies of television. The Cologne crime scene as a media location of cultural practices . Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld 2007, ISBN 978-3-89942-621-2 .
  • Hendrik Buhl: crime scene. Sociopolitical issues in the crime series . UVK Verlagsgesellschaft, Konstanz, Munich 2013, ISBN 978-3-7445-0706-6 .
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  • Christian Hißnauer, Stefan Scherer, Claudia Stockinger (eds.): Between series and work. TV and social history in the "Tatort" . Transcript, Bielefeld 2014, ISBN 978-3-8376-2459-5 .
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  • Tina Welke: Tatort German Unity: East German identity staging in the “Tatort” of the MDR. Transcript, Bielefeld 2012, ISBN 978-3-8376-2018-4 .
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  • Klaudia Wick : The Witte paper. 1000 "Tatorte": TV and its last campfire , in: Medienkorrespondenz from November 11, 2016

Web links

Commons : Tatort  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  37. Faust on Faust by Klaus Lage in the crime scene " Tooth for a tooth "
  38. Midnight Lady by Chris Norman in the crime scene " The Swap "
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  46. The next repetitions. at: Tatort Fundus.
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  68. Schweiger & Möhring mix up the "Tatort" ranking. at: dwdl.de , accessed on December 30, 2013.
  69. Corrected audience figures for Summ, Summ, Summ and Welcome to Hamburg according to Blickpunkt: Film : "Tatort" record: Münster residents climb to sixth place. March 28, 2013.
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  73. "Tatort" ranking: Schweiger new number 1. on: meedia.de , accessed on November 2, 2013. Data collection period from March 12, 2011 to March 11, 2013, without the most successful Münster case of March 24, 2013.
  74. "Tatort" ranking: Kiel and Berlin rush forward, Saarland now penultimate. on: meedia.de , accessed on January 27, 2015. Data collection period from January 26, 2013 to January 25, 2015.
  75. Gunther Witte receives the jury award at Bambi . In: Bunte.de. November 13, 2013.
  76. Grimme Institute: Special honor for the “Tatort” format. ( Memento of January 15, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) Retrieved April 22, 2014.
  77. The ROMY anniversary gala in the live ticker. In: Courier-ROMY. Retrieved April 26, 2014.
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  80. Christina Ortner: Tatort: ​​Migration. The topic of immigration in the crime series Tatort. (pdf; 225 kB) In: Media & Communication Studies. 2007/1. Hans-Bredow-Institut , June 13, 2007, p. 10 , accessed on November 28, 2020 (reproduced on lmz-bw.de ). Hans Bredow Institute (Ed.): Media & Communication Studies. 2007/1, Baden-Baden 2007, p. 10.
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  92. The story of the chopper - a crime scene and its consequences. Retrieved November 3, 2019 .
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