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  • Regularly scheduled TV still has a place in German homes
  • Regularly scheduled TV still has a place in German homes
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Tatort: a German crime series that unites a country

Having been on the air since the 1970s, crime drama Tatort is a staple on German TV screens, with 13 million people still watching regularly. How has the show managed to keep audiences tuning in over the decades? And what’s the appeal of scheduled programming in the age of streaming?

Location Germany

Sunday evenings are normally quiet in Germany – streets are almost empty, while trains and buses come infrequently. But try entering a bar at 8pm and there will be a cheerful crowd gathering around a screen ready to watch crime series Tatort (‘Crime Scene’). Meanwhile, millions of other Germans will catch it at home with friends or family, their eyes glued to the latest episode of the country’s longest-running drama, which has become a TV highlight comparable to the national football team’s matches.





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