Derrick (Old Doordarshan TV Serial)

Derrick (Old Doordarshan TV Serial)

Derrick is one of the most popular German television crime series. It has been produced by the Telenova Film and directed by the Stephan Derrick between the year 1974 and 1998. The main theme of Derrick is about solving the murder cases in Munich and its surroundings. This drama series has developed by the Helmut Ringelmann who was a famous German television and film producers in the Germany. He has a lot of experience in producing different kinds of series with different interesting stories.

Derrick (Old Doordarshan TV Serial)

Technical details of Derrick series

Serial name Derrick
Genre Detective
Original Story created by Herbert Reinecker
Starring Horst Tappert

Fritz Wepper

Willy Schafer

Country of origin West Germany (1974-90)

Germany (1990-98)

Genres Crime drama
Executive producer Helmut Ringelmann
Language German
No. of seasons 25
No. of Episodes 281
Running time 1 hour
Original network ZDF, ORF, SRG
Original release year 20th October 1974- 16th October 1998

 Story line

In this drama series, you can find new cases in every episode. A Stephan Derrick is a chief inspector in the Munich. He has to solve three murder cases along with his assistant harry Klein. This series is fully based on the psychological techniques and needs to identify the victim who has done murder. To examine this case, the Derrick can prefer to talk with the public for investigating about this case and try to find out the person. One of the most important instruments used by him is phone, which helps him to move from one place to another. However, the entire story has shooting based on German culture and its thrilling concepts make the viewers feel more interesting to watch and sit at tip of the seat.

Relationship between derrick and Klein

A couple of interesting role in this series is a Derrick as a chief inspector and a Klein as an assistance of derrick. Both of them have a personal relationship in throughout the series. They have a very mutual understanding in their work and put efforts to solve the murder case as quickly as possible. Sometimes, the Klein can make any mistake, but the Derrick seems to help him at the right situation and come back to their work. In front of public, they won’t introduce themselves to each other; instead of they can simply rolling their eyes and shaking their heads, which act as a sign between them.

In most of the episodes, they can work together professionally as well as reality in the form of team work. But, the Derrick can always act as a leading partner among two. In some seasons, the behavior of derrick has become less noticeable. In couple of episodes, the derrick has a girl friend, but no longer married still the end of an episode. On the other hand, the Klein does not have any private life or girl friend in the whole episodes. For this younger chief inspector, there are some young and good-looking girls acted in this series.

Just like any other earlier German TV series, the Derrick is also featured with the similar characteristics of many great actors and actresses coming from Austria. Some of the best artists played in this series are listed below:

  • Armin Mueller-Stahl
  • Luitgard Im
  • Horst Buchholz
  • Klaus Maria Brandauer
  • Curd Jurgens
  • Cornelia Froboess
  • Uschi Glas
  • Michael Heltau
  • Gudrun Landgrebe
  • Gusti Wolf
  • Inge Meysel

Derrick’s popularity in other countries

The popularity of Derrick series is still remaining over the generations. This crime drama television series is not only gained popularity in Germany, but also high recommended by people from other countries to watch very interestingly. This series has been telecasted in many public television channels of various countries such as India, Russia, China and South Africa. One of the reasons for increasing popularity of this series is acting of Tappert. He also rewarded as the best acting chief police inspector in the year of 1980. This news has reported by the German media at that time.

A list of derrick release dates

Derrick is one of the most favorite crime detective television series. It has been an ever time popular series among the Germans. Even Indian people could have a chance to watch this series in their television. This derrick series had released in various countries with the different release dates that are listed below:

Austria 20th October 1974
China 1988
France 26th February 1986
Italy 3rd November 1983
Hungary 8th November 2004 (re-release)
Netherlands 7th October 1975
Switzerland 13th November 1974 (German speaking region)
West Germany 20th October 1974

Interesting things about Derrick

  • Recently, the dubbed version of this series is made in so many languages.
  • During the time 1980s to 1990s, the Chinese dubbed version of derrick has broadcasted in many televisions stations in china.
  • During 1980s, the English dubbed version of this series has run in the Doordarshan channel in India.
  • In South Africa, the original German Derrick sound track has been dubbed into African language, especially for the Africans.
  • But still now, the dubbed version of Derrick series is running in Italy from 2015 and telecasted over the TV station called as TV2000.

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  1. So where can we access the Engliish Dubbed version that was telecast back in the 90s in India??

  2. John Allen-Quuashie

    How do i get a DVD of the series?

  3. Want to watch Derrick series, I cannot purchase want to have free.

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