What is typically German? Sauerkraut, sausages, potatoes, meat, beer, Angela Merkel? Yes, maybe, but there is another thing that is definitely characteristic of Germany: the police procedural TV series called Tatort (Crime Scene). If you want to get to know the German society and culture, you have to start with this crime series. And guess what, Tatort is celebrating its thousandth episode. Well, happy birthday!
And with this thousandth episode Tatort is celebrating 46 years of crime scenes, 131 investigators and thousand cases of thrill, suspense and success. It is the most popular and longest existing crime series in Germany.
Sunday, 8:15 p.m., German prime time, the typical melody – everyone knows: Tatort is beginning. It is a never ending classic and so typically German!
The thousandth case – Taxi to Leipzig – is an homage to the very first crime episode of the Tatort series. The first case Taxi to Leipzig (1970) was not filmed especially for this crime series, but both starting at the same time it was retrospectively nominated as first case.
WDR (West German Broadcasting) editor Gunther Witte created this crime series in 1969. He was of the opinion that it is important to focus on the investigators and that every story should have a regional reference. Furthermore, he did not want surreal and exaggerated stories. All the stories should be possible in reality.
But, what would be Tatort without this significant melody? Created by the jazz musician and composer Klaus Doldinger, it is still a recognition feature.
Now, there are 22 teams investigating in 20 regions of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
And who is the most famous commissar after all this years? Certainly Horst Schimanski, played by Götz George.
Now, every Sunday evening at 8:15 p.m. you will maybe think of the German classic: Tatort.