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A police department, lead by an older, experienced detective solve crimes together.
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Cast

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Michael Ande ... Gerd Heymann / ... (401 episodes, 1977-2016)
Markus Böttcher ... Werner Riedmann / ... (282 episodes, 1986-2015)
Ulf Söhmisch ... Polizeiarzt (273 episodes, 1983-2013)
Rolf Schimpf ... Leo Kress / ... (223 episodes, 1986-2009)
Pierre Sanoussi-Bliss ... Axel Richter (169 episodes, 1997-2015)
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Series Directed by
Helmuth Ashley (55 episodes, 1978-2005)
Hartmut Griesmayr (50 episodes, 2000-2013)
Zbynek Brynych (45 episodes, 1978-1994)
Günter Gräwert (45 episodes, 1978-1993)
Theodor Grädler (30 episodes, 1978-1989)
Gero Erhardt (30 episodes, 1987-2009)
Dietrich Haugk (19 episodes, 1977-1998)
Vadim Glowna (17 episodes, 1996-2010)
Alfred Weidenmann (14 episodes, 1977-1999)
Hans-Jürgen Tögel (13 episodes, 1995-1998)
Alfred Vohrer (12 episodes, 1977-1981)
Ulrich Zrenner (11 episodes, 2011-2014)
Raoul W. Heimrich (11 episodes, 2012-2016)
Michael Schneider (10 episodes, 2010-2015)
Michael Kreindl (10 episodes, 2012-2017)
Jürgen Goslar (7 episodes, 1982-1997)
Wolfgang Becker (5 episodes, 1977-1988)
Marcus Ulbricht (4 episodes, 2009-2010)
Matthias Kiefersauer (4 episodes, 2016-2017)
Andreas Morell (3 episodes, 2016-2017)
Johannes Schaaf (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Eberhard Itzenplitz (2 episodes, 1988)
Peter Deutsch (2 episodes, 1995)
Peter Stauch (2 episodes, 2015)
Marcus Weiler (2 episodes, 2015)
Johannes Grieser (2 episodes, 2017)
 
Series Writing credits
Volker Vogeler (181 episodes, 1978-2005)
Hartmut Griesmayr (36 episodes, 2003-2013)
Ute Geber (34 episodes, 2003-2013)
Detlef Müller (24 episodes, 1978-2008)
Bruno Hampel (24 episodes, 1978-1990)
Christa-Maria Bandmann (17 episodes, 1988-1995)
Albert Sandner (15 episodes, 2008-2012)
Adolf Schröder (12 episodes, 1985-2000)
Günter Gräwert (10 episodes, 1985-1993)
Jan van der Bank (9 episodes, 2012-2017)
Robert Hummel (9 episodes, 2012-2015)
Karl Heinz Willschrei (8 episodes, 1977-1979)
Leopold Ahlsen (7 episodes, 1978-1989)
Oliver Storz (4 episodes, 1977-1980)
Alfred Vohrer (4 episodes, 1978-1980)
Christina Christoff (4 episodes, 1995-1996)
Friedrich Karl Grund (4 episodes, 2006-2007)
Johannes Rotter (4 episodes, 2014-2017)
Ralf Kinder (4 episodes, 2014-2015)
Max Pierre Schaeffer (3 episodes, 1987)
Christoph Busche (3 episodes, 2014-2016)
Claus Stirzenbecher (3 episodes, 2015-2017)
Herbert Lichtenfeld (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Peter Berneis (2 episodes, 1977)
Herbert Rosendorfer (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ernst Josef Lauscher (2 episodes, 1994-1995)
Arne Laser (2 episodes, 2014-2016)
Andreas Föhr (2 episodes, 2014)
Thomas Letocha (2 episodes, 2014)
Elke Hauck (2 episodes, 2015-2017)
Sven Poser (2 episodes, 2015-2017)
Enno Reese (2 episodes, 2015-2016)
Mike Viebrock (2 episodes, 2015-2016)
Martin Muser (2 episodes, 2015)
Georg Heinzen (2 episodes, 2017)

Series Produced by
Helmut Ringelmann .... producer (344 episodes, 1977-2011)
Claus Legal .... producer: ZDF (155 episodes, 1986-2004)
Hans Peter Renfranz .... producer: ZDF (74 episodes, 1977-1989)
Horst-Joachim Gehrmann .... producer: ZDF (52 episodes, 1979-1987)
Sabine Groß .... producer: ZDF / producer (49 episodes, 2004-2014)
Susanne Porsche .... producer (46 episodes, 2011-2017)
Felix Fichtner .... producer (22 episodes, 2014-2017)
Claus Gotzler .... executive producer (10 episodes, 2005-2011)
Raymond Tarabay .... consulting producer (10 episodes, 2006-2010)
Sebastian B. Voss .... producer (4 episodes, 2017)
Sebastian B. Voß .... producer (3 episodes, 2017)
Martin R. Neumann .... producer: ZDF (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Original Music by
Helmut Trunz (111 episodes, 1989-2013)
Frank Duval (84 episodes, 1978-1997)
Eberhard Schoener (66 episodes, 1984-2013)
Titus Vollmer (28 episodes, 2012-2017)
Martin Böttcher (15 episodes, 1980-1988)
Peter Thomas (9 episodes, 1977-1985)
Hans Hammerschmid (5 episodes, 1979-1995)
Michael Hofmann de Boer (5 episodes, 1995-1996)
Hermann Thieme (4 episodes, 1977-1986)
Robert Schulte-Hemming (4 episodes, 1994-2017)
Rainer Bartesch (4 episodes, 2016-2017)
Klaus Doldinger (3 episodes, 1977-1986)
Eugen Thomass (3 episodes, 1980-1991)
Max Greger Jr. (3 episodes, 1983-1985)
Ludwig Eckmann (3 episodes, 2013-2014)
Raimund Rosenberger (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Dieter Bohlen (2 episodes, 1989)
Jürgen Wolter (2 episodes, 1995)
Tobias Hang (2 episodes, 2015)
Sebastian Pille (2 episodes, 2015)
Jens Langbein (2 episodes, 2017)
 
Series Cinematography by
Dietmar Graf (176 episodes, 1978-1999)
Rolf Greim (57 episodes, 2002-2013)
Rolf Kästel (30 episodes, 1977-1984)
Michael Georg (30 episodes, 1992-2003)
Heinz Hölscher (10 episodes, 1977-1981)
Anton Peschke (8 episodes, 2011-2013)
Stefan Spreer (8 episodes, 2012-2017)
Jörg Lawerentz (7 episodes, 2013-2015)
Franz Xaver Lederle (6 episodes, 1977-1996)
Andreas Zickgraf (5 episodes, 2010-2014)
Markus S. Lederle (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Thomas von Kreisler (4 episodes, 2013-2017)
Manfred Ensinger (3 episodes, 1980)
Igor Luther (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Joseph Vilsmaier (2 episodes, 1978-2007)
Helmut Trunz (2 episodes, 1993)
Gernot Köhler (2 episodes, 2005)
Johannes Kirchlechner (2 episodes, 2011-2013)
Andreas Heine (2 episodes, 2015)
Henning Jessel (2 episodes, 2015)
Michael Tötter (2 episodes, 2015)
Ludwig Franz (2 episodes, 2016)
Roman Nowocien (2 episodes, 2016)
Michael Boxrucker (2 episodes, 2017)
Thomas Etzold (2 episodes, 2017)
 
Series Film Editing by
Werner Preuss (68 episodes, 1977-1989)
Ingrid Bichler (51 episodes, 1986-2004)
Ilse Wilken (30 episodes, 1977-1993)
Dorothee Maass (24 episodes, 1992-2006)
Doris Jänchen (22 episodes, 2005-2013)
Friederike Seeber (19 episodes, 1995-2009)
Claudia Wutz (17 episodes, 1987-1996)
Jörg Kroschel (12 episodes, 2010-2015)
Jan-Timo Sonnemann (12 episodes, 2013-2016)
Matthias Wilfert (9 episodes, 2011-2014)
Eva Simon (8 episodes, 1996-1999)
Eva Maria Tittes (6 episodes, 1979-1984)
Gisela Grischow (6 episodes, 1982-1983)
Gabriele Doll (6 episodes, 2007-2009)
Uli Schön (5 episodes, 2016-2017)
Christian Nauheimer (4 episodes, 2016-2017)
Karl Aulitzky (3 episodes, 1985)
Camilla Bernetti (2 episodes, 1988)
Eva Gschwilm (2 episodes, 1995)
Bernd Schriever (2 episodes, 2012-2013)
Andreas Althoff (2 episodes, 2015)
Moune Barius (2 episodes, 2015)
 
Series Casting by
Gitta Uhlig (24 episodes, 2014-2017)
Angelie Alaïs Adell (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
H. Kaspar (5 episodes, 1996-1997)
 
Series Production Design by
Walter Gröbing (138 episodes, 1977-1995)
Wolf Englert (67 episodes, 1977-1983)
Barbara Siebner (56 episodes, 1991-2011)
Albert Jupé (34 episodes, 2012-2017)
Dieter Reinecke (32 episodes, 1990-2002)
Hermann Klein (30 episodes, 2003-2015)
Utz Elsässer (22 episodes, 1983-1985)
Jochen Schumacher (18 episodes, 1977-2011)
Ingrid Lazarus (11 episodes, 2001-2007)
Margret Finger (8 episodes, 1977-1994)
Christian Kettler (8 episodes, 2011-2014)
Yvonne von Wallenberg (3 episodes, 2016-2017)
Rolf Engler (2 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Bernd Klinkert (2 episodes, 1997)
 
Series Costume Design by
Ellen Schiller (50 episodes, 1978-1994)
Diemut Remy (48 episodes, 1979-2008)
Greta Zeppel (45 episodes, 2001-2016)
Helga Pinnow-Stadelmann (44 episodes, 1980-2008)
Ingeborg Ege-Grützner (39 episodes, 1977-1986)
Inge Brauner (29 episodes, 1978-1989)
Miriam Tümmers (12 episodes, 2015-2017)
Helmut Holger (6 episodes, 1992-1994)
Irene Hartmann (5 episodes, 2014-2015)
Paul Seltenhammer (4 episodes, 1977-1978)
Heike Weng (4 episodes, 2015)
 
Series Makeup Department
Günter Mayrhofer .... makeup artist (151 episodes, 1978-2010)
Sylvia Baader .... makeup artist (91 episodes, 1994-2008)
Evelyn Necker-Acktun .... makeup artist (65 episodes, 2008-2017)
Lore Sottung .... makeup artist (51 episodes, 1986-1998)
Gretel Nickel .... makeup artist (45 episodes, 1982-1986)
Gerhard Reitinger .... makeup artist (35 episodes, 2011-2015)
Isolde Geiger .... makeup artist (33 episodes, 1978-1982)
Jo Braun .... makeup artist (28 episodes, 1988-1994)
Alfred Rasche .... makeup artist (18 episodes, 1977-1984)
Ingrid Thier .... makeup artist (16 episodes, 1977-1999)
Susanne Beck .... makeup artist (12 episodes, 2016-2017)
Peter Krebs .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1978-2007)
Karin Glaser .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1979-1988)
Klara Gerling-Maier .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 2003)
Traute Koller .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1977)
Christine Krebs .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Sabine Trummer .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 2001)
Schwerthelm Ziehfreund .... special makeup effects artist (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Tatjana Gluska .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 2015)
Madlene Mutterer .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 2015)
 
Series Production Management
Claus Gotzler .... executive in charge of production / production leader (194 episodes, 1977-2009)
Rolf Seyfried .... production manager / production leader / ... (152 episodes, 1992-2016)
Gustl Gotzler .... executive in charge of production (149 episodes, 1977-1990)
Tobias Ringelmann .... production leader / production manager / ... (113 episodes, 1988-2007)
Günther Degenfelder .... production manager / production leader / ... (62 episodes, 1979-1986)
Willy Schuler .... production leader / production manager (44 episodes, 1977-1984)
Helmut Hifinger .... production manager / set manager (43 episodes, 2000-2007)
Dietrich Börgartz .... production manager / production leader (42 episodes, 1981-1988)
Oliver Hengst .... production manager / production leader (25 episodes, 1979-1984)
Lulu Landgraeber-Goroll .... production manager / unit manager (25 episodes, 1982-1985)
Siegfried Wagner .... production leader / production manager (24 episodes, 1977-1989)
Akki Hamann .... production manager (20 episodes, 1980-1997)
Thomas Riedel .... production leader / production manager (19 episodes, 1986-2008)
Stefan Kistler .... production manager / unit manager (15 episodes, 1998-2012)
Klaus Joachim .... production manager (14 episodes, 1990-1994)
Jens Tiemann .... production manager (14 episodes, 1998-2000)
Herbert Jarczyk .... production manager / production leader (13 episodes, 1985-1993)
Josef Danzer .... production manager (12 episodes, 1989-2009)
André Eismann .... production manager (11 episodes, 1978-1979)
Klaus Stapenhorst .... production leader (8 episodes, 1977-1979)
Etta Gumpelmayr .... production manager (8 episodes, 1977-1978)
Steffen Malzacher .... production manager (8 episodes, 1988-1991)
Carsten Griemert .... production manager (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Andreas Ch. Tönnessen .... production manager (7 episodes, 2017)
Jochen Kather .... production manager (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Michael Kujawa .... set manager (4 episodes, 2011-2016)
Hartmut Koldewey .... production manager (3 episodes, 1977-1993)
Manfred Kercher .... production leader (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Peter Stromberger .... production manager (3 episodes, 1982)
Thomas Dierks .... production manager (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Günter Sturm .... production leader (2 episodes, 1979-1982)
Manfred D. Heid .... production manager (2 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andreas Bertram .... assistant director (32 episodes, 1978-1986)
Hannelore Nikel .... assistant director (27 episodes, 1985-2011)
Ute Geber .... assistant director (27 episodes, 2000-2011)
Jutta Erhardt .... assistant director (24 episodes, 2000-2005)
Annerose Schleining-Kercher .... assistant director (21 episodes, 1980-1999)
Peter Weissflog .... assistant director (14 episodes, 1977-1981)
Thomas Grädler .... assistant director (14 episodes, 1978-1983)
Raoul W. Heimrich .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1991-1994)
Gabriella Bauer .... assistant director (11 episodes, 2005-2010)
Robert Furch .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1977-1986)
Wieland Liebske .... assistant director (8 episodes, 1977-1999)
Werner Gerhards .... assistant director (7 episodes, 2012-2015)
Elisabeth Donnet .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1992-2013)
Henrike Stockhausen .... assistant director (6 episodes, 2012-2015)
Gudrun Scheerer .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1991-1993)
Annette Gosewinkel .... assistant director (5 episodes, 2009-2016)
Helenka Hummel .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1978-1988)
Andreas Habermeyer .... first assistant director / assistant director / ... (4 episodes, 1988-1990)
Brigitte Thoms .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1997-2004)
Hellmut Fulss .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1999-2017)
Thomas Katzmann .... assistant director (4 episodes, 2013-2014)
Romina Platow .... assistant director (4 episodes, 2014-2015)
Lilian von Keudell .... assistant director (3 episodes, 2011-2013)
Cornelia Rohe .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1977)
Fanny Wessling .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1978-1982)
Alexander von Richthofen .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1979)
Brigitte Liphardt .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1980-1984)
Maria Graf .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
Gundula Leni Ohngemach .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1988)
Margrit Schachtschneider .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1992-2008)
Maik Johanns .... assistant director (2 episodes, 2015)
Ann-Christin Wegner .... assistant director (2 episodes, 2015)
Stefanie Braun .... assistant director (2 episodes, 2016)
Michaela Hangkofer .... assistant director (2 episodes, 2017)
Beatrice Ullmann .... assistant director (2 episodes, 2017)
 
Series Art Department
Susanne Meding .... property master / property master: outdoor (8 episodes, 2016-2017)
Ingrid Ramsauer .... property master (2 episodes, 2017)
 
Series Sound Department
Johannes Rommel .... sound (109 episodes, 1992-2017)
Ludwig Langecker .... sound / sound engineer (106 episodes, 1977-1988)
Günter Blumhagen .... sound mixer (60 episodes, 1984-1999)
Willi Schwadorf .... sound mixer / re-recording mixer (50 episodes, 1979-1984)
Abi Schneider .... sound mixer (49 episodes, 1997-2013)
Robert Wittmann .... sound mixer / re-recording mixer / ... (42 episodes, 2012-2017)
Christian Schubert .... sound mixer (23 episodes, 1984-2002)
Tomas Kanok .... sound (21 episodes, 2012-2017)
Benedikt Hoenes .... re-recording mixer (20 episodes, 2012-2015)
Werner Dobusch .... sound (19 episodes, 1993-2005)
Eberhard Weckerle .... sound mixer (14 episodes, 2004-2010)
Hubertus Rath .... sound mixer (13 episodes, 1997-2013)
Michael Diekmann .... sound (12 episodes, 1992-1993)
Rudolf Hellwig .... sound (8 episodes, 1992-2008)
Günther Stadelmann .... sound (5 episodes, 1977-1992)
Paul Schöler .... sound mixer (4 episodes, 1982-1986)
Peter Rappel .... sound (3 episodes, 1989-1990)
Michael Kranz .... re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1988)
Albrecht Harms .... sound (2 episodes, 1997-1998)
Christoph Merkele .... re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 2011)
 
Series Special Effects by
Willi Neuner .... pyrotechnician (1 episode, 1985)
Schwerthelm Ziehfreund .... special effects (1 episode, 2011)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Harald Mauch .... digital colorist: pregrading (3 episodes, 2013)
 
Series Stunts
Petr Dvorak .... stunt arranger / stunt driver / ... (4 episodes, 2003-2009)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Gitt .... assistant camera / camera operator (231 episodes, 1982-2011)
Michael Georg .... assistant camera / camera operator (31 episodes, 1977-1984)
Peter Lorenz .... assistant camera (17 episodes, 2011-2015)
Michael Marhoffer .... still photographer (11 episodes, 2005-2015)
Guilherme Britto Fernander .... assistant camera (9 episodes, 2016-2017)
Ludwig Maier .... assistant camera (8 episodes, 1978-1980)
Peter Mathes .... assistant camera (6 episodes, 1981-1982)
Rick Barham .... lighting technician (6 episodes, 1982-1983)
Markus Ilschner .... assistant camera (5 episodes, 2014-2015)
Daniella Schadrin .... assistant camera (5 episodes, 2014)
Olaf Mechler .... lighting technician (5 episodes, 2017)
Juan Soler .... assistant camera (4 episodes, 1978-1992)
Peter Bischoff .... still photographer (4 episodes, 1984-1985)
Markus Schindler .... assistant camera (4 episodes, 2015)
Julia Kronseder .... assistant camera (4 episodes, 2016-2017)
Jürgen R. Schoenemann .... assistant camera (3 episodes, 1980)
Paul Michel .... electrician (3 episodes, 1990-1992)
Daniel Blaum .... assistant camera (3 episodes, 2013-2015)
Julia Baumann .... assistant camera (3 episodes, 2016)
Detlef Geier .... assistant camera (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Ernst Stritzinger .... assistant camera (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Michael Thiele .... assistant camera (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
Horst Zagolla .... assistant camera (2 episodes, 1978)
Boye Klüver .... assistant camera (2 episodes, 2015)
Niklas Fischer .... assistant camera (2 episodes, 2016)
Kai Sonnenberg .... assistant camera (2 episodes, 2017)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Micky Mezen .... wardrobe (2 episodes, 2015-2016)
 
Series Editorial Department
Doris Jänchen .... assistant editor (48 episodes, 1991-2006)
Ariane O'Lynch De Town .... assistant editor (20 episodes, 1992-2005)
Martin Reitsam .... assistant editor (20 episodes, 2006-2017)
Gudrun Blumhagen .... assistant editor (13 episodes, 1991-1994)
Traudl Fässler .... assistant editor (11 episodes, 1984-1988)
Marie-Odile Florow .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 1997-2000)
Waheed Zamani .... colorist (5 episodes, 2014)
Sibylle Salvagnac .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Birgitta Wenck .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 2007-2008)
Andreas Minuth .... colorist (4 episodes, 2011-2013)
Brigitte May .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
Siao Lee Wang .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1997)
Regina Seehuber .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
 
Series Location Management
Stefan Kistler .... location manager (51 episodes, 2008-2017)
 
Series Music Department
Eberhard Schoener .... composer: title theme / composer: theme music / ... (226 episodes, 1986-2017)
Peter Thomas .... composer: title theme (94 episodes, 1977-1986)
 
Series Transportation Department
Ivan Cosic .... production driver (1 episode, 2015)
 
Series Other crew
Monika Petrillo .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1990)
Margit Post .... production assistant / production secretary (2 episodes, 2013-2015)
Lisa Röth .... continuity / script supervisor (2 episodes, 2013-2015)
Mandy Szokol .... continuity (2 episodes, 2017)
 

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Also Known As:
"Der Alte" - West Germany (original title)
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Mono (1977-1994) | Stereo (1994-????)
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Finland:K-11 (2005) (DVD)
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
In the beginning – intelligent subversion of conventions, 5 January 2009
Author: manuel-pestalozzi from Zurich, Switzerland

I recently purchased a DVD with the two-hour pilot and the first installment of this series I once watched as a teenager. And I was very pleasantly surprised.

At the time the series was created, 1977, a whiff of New German Cinema seems to have penetrated TV productions of this kind, and I should say the makers had the audacity to subvert a genre. How on earth did they get away with it? I am convinced that today a bold step like is impossible – mainly because the public would not be ready to stomach it.

In Germany there was a tradition of „pappy" crime mysteries: An old police inspector (often very close to retirement) solves cases by sheer street knowledge and the wisdom of advanced age. The predecessor of „Der Alte" was „The Comissar", and its star, Erik Ode, portrayed a cute father figure in the mold of Heinz Rühmann. The social changes in the 1970s made this type of cop increasingly ludicrous.

But what did they do when they saw that the old recipe grew stale? They came up with another dusty old guy in a slightly unkempt gray business suit and called him „Der Alte". Apparently English versions of the series run under the name „The Old Fox", but the anything but respectful German term might as well mean „The Has Been". And in fact, „Der Alte" of the first installments seems to be an embittered and frustrated crime solver who is somehow isolated in the force and without friends – clearly a man on his way out. He does not crave for sympathy and his actions often seem to be outright suicidal: In the pilot he offers himself as a hostage in exchange for some bank clerks in a „Dog Day Afternoon" situation. In the following installment he sets himself up as a blackmailer of murderers and goes to a meeting completely exposed and without any protection. When the murderer's bullet misses him a shade of delusion seems to pass over his face. He really does not seem to care anymore.

„Der Alte" I write about here is a rather nasty guy, a loner who is unkind, sarcastic, arrogant and leers after young girls. He is plainly unlikeable and there is nothing particularly funny about him. But once he's taken up the scent he makes the right moves – and what else do we expect of a crime-solver? Experienced actor Siegfried Lowitz was dead right for this character and I guess he can largely be credited for the success of the series.

But not only the acting and the screen writing is of a very high quality, the whole visual style fits in perfectly. A pretty gloomy atmosphere of stark realism is created but all the set ups seem to be rigidly controlled, nothing seems out of line, every detail fits. An interesting aspect is the use of new Pop music themes to heighten the tension, the above mentioned installment for example uses excerpts of the song „Asylum" by Supertramp who were about to become very popular. Another installment used Alan Parsons Project's „The Raven". Again they must have purchased the rights at the time when the corresponding album was released. So they must have had a smart musical adviser on this series and an intelligent crew who knew exactly how to fit the tunes in – hey, maybe „Der Alte" is a predecessor to MTV which I think came a few years later.

Anyway, everybody who would like to get a feel of the mid 1970s in Europe will find the early seasons of this intelligent, artistically interesting series a treasure trove.

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