is a German
TV series produced by Telenova Film und Fernsehproduktion in association with ZDF
between 1974 and 1998 about Detective Chief Inspector (Oberinspektor
) Stephan Derrick (Horst Tappert
) and his loyal assistant Inspector (Kriminalhauptmeister
) Harry Klein (Fritz Wepper
), who solve murder cases in Munich
and surroundings (with three unsolved cases in total).
All 281 60-minute episodes were written by veteran screenwriter Herbert Reinecker
and produced by Helmut Ringelmann
. As a rule, new ''Derrick'' episodes were broadcast on Friday night at 20:15. The series received enormous popularity and was aired in more than 100 countries worldwide. In fact, there have only been a few areas around the world where Derrick has not penetrated, and the two protagonists long ago established for themselves a place in television history.
The huge numbers of fans all round the world who pay homage to the Derrick phenomenon include both young and old. Even before its last episode was shown on 16 October 1998 it had acquired cult
The fact that the series was discontinued in October 1998 had nothing to do with waning audience ratings. Rather, Horst Tappert
, who played the main role for almost 25 years, had reached the age limit he had set himself.
Thanks to Derrick
, Horst Tappert
is the only German actor who has ever had fan clubs
abroad including the Netherlands and France. Derrick was even broadcast in... Read More