Crime after the News. Thirty Years of Tatort

Documentary, 90 minutes
Written and directed by Stephan Lamby and Manfred Uhlig

On the occasion of the 30th birthday of Tatort (Crime Scene), this documentary takes up an investigation with the camera, trying to determine the secret of the success of the most popular crime series on German television. What makes up to ten million people regularly watch the Tatort detectives at work? What turns the actors into stars and why has the program become a cult? Our investigation is conducted in various “crime scenes”: on the location where the Tatort anniversary episode was filmed in Leipzig, at the houses and workplaces of the actors, directors and scriptwriters. And in the archives of the ARD. Well over 400 episodes of Tatort are stored there, among them television jewels like “Reifezeugnis” (The graduation certificate).

Many Tatort detectives recollect the highlights of a 30-year-old success story. Among them Götz George, Hansjörg Felmy, Manfred Krug, Charles Brauer, Peter Sodann, Bernd Michael Lade, Miro Nemec, Ulrike Folkerts, Klaus J. Behrendt and Dietmar Bär.

First Run:
ARD, 2000

Legal Claim:
Norddeutscher Rundfunk