While Harry goes through a real life crime story, most people in Germany only know crime stories from books - or from television. Sunday evenings – for example - at 8:15 p.m. "Tatort" is on TV. It is the most popular German crime TV series - and also the oldest: It's been running since 1970! Millions of people watch the cult TV show every week – with their family, in a shared apartment or in the local pub!
The idea behind the series: different teams of investigators, each with unique characters, work in different regions of Germany. One week the Tatort is set in Cologne, the next week in Bavaria and in the following week, perhaps on the Baltic Sea island of Rügen. This creates multi-facted image of the country, incorporating regional features and dialects. In terms of content, the series addresses current issues. Subjects range from drugs to child pornography to corporate crime. But there is also no lack of personal crimes. Nowadays, there is even a radio Tatort, also weekly, based on the same idea and equally successful: "Tatort" is simply a cult show!