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Vienna Crime Squad

In mid April 2016, filming began for the twelfth season of ORF/ZDF crime series Vienna Crime Squads. 16 new 45-minute episodes will see the return of the familiar faces of Lieutenant Colonel Helmuth Nowak (Gregor Seberg), Major Carl Ribarski (Stefan Jürgens), Precinct Inspector Penny Lanz (Lilian Klebow) and Colonel Otto Dirnberger (Dietrich Siegl). Filming is taking place on locations in Vienna, Lower and Upper Austria, as well as Styria.
Solving crimes and catching bad guys since 2005, SOKO Vienna’s investigators have excited millions of viewers in more than 25 countries. In Austria (ORF) and Germany (ZDF) alone, each episode of the crime series regularly attracts 4.5 million viewers. The new episodes are directed by Erhard Riedlsperger, Holger Gimpel, Olaf Kreinsen and Holger Barthel with screenplays by Sascha Bigler, Axel Götz, Stefan Brunner, Sarah Wassermair, Jacob Groll, Max Gruber, Natalia Geb, Sönke Lars Neuwöhner, Andreas Quetsch, Frank Weller, Lutz Groth, Markus Staender, Peter Dommaschk, Ralf Leuther, Martin Muser and Jens Schäfer.
SOKO is a co-production between Satel Film and Almaro in collaboration with ORF and ZDF, funded in part through the Austrian Television Fund, Vienna Film Fund, the states of Upper and Lower Austria, as well as Cynestyria Filmcommission and Fonds.

Find more information on season 12 here!
New episodes from the 30. August 2016 onwards in ORF.

Hotel Orth

Awarded the Golden Screen Award 1999

Felix Hofstätter is the manager of a renowned country house hotel in Gmunden. He is constantly confronted with new challenges, especially when it turns out that Carla Prinz, owner of a competing hotel in Traunstein, has declared him her personal archenemy. Carla leaves no stone unturned to ruin Felix Hofstätter.

115 x 45 minutes
Years of production: 1996-2004
Starring Albert Fortell, Jenny Jürgens, Konstanze Breitebner, Heinz Trixner, Marianne Nentwich, Lotte Ledl, Hans Kraemmer, Stefano Bernardin


For years, wealthy businessman Friedrich Sattmann and his family have spent their summer holidays in the Tyrolean village of Lahnenberg. The residents of the village have found a place in the Sattmann’s hearts, an affection the Sattmanns believe to be mutual. More than dismayed they come to realise, however, that the opposite is the case and that in the eyes of the locals they represent the worst stereotypes of German ‘Piefke’.

The series sparked controversy among German and Austrian audiences and caused Austrian hoteliers to fear the loss of German guests.

4 x 90 minutes
Years of production: 1990-92
Starring Dietrich Mattausch, Kurt Weinzierl, Brigitte Grothum, Sabine Cruso, Ralf Komorr, Tobias Moretti


Four men – each of them only wanted to quickly go and buy cigarettes – decide not to return home. Fate brings them together in a small Croatian village and they decide to live together on an old fishing boat that is only held together by its paint.

12 x 50 minutes
Directed by Hermann Leitner and Gottfried Schwarz
Years of production: 1984-88
Starring Josef Meinrad, Ulrich Faulhaber, Raphael Wilczek, Heinz Petters, Erwin Steinhauer


Chief superintendent Adolf Kottan and his bizarre team, one-legged colleague Schremser and dimwitted inspector Schrammel, are hot on the heels of criminals, supported by both Kottan’s wife and his mother at home. Police president Pilch, meanwhile, is busy catching flies and trying to draw coffee from a hostile coffee machine. Cases are solved more randomly than by serious investigation, the rest of their time is spent on their favourite pastime: their amateur band.

This detective series with its atmosphere of shabby Viennese suburbia is a ludicrous satire on the police and Austrian society in general. One of the most successful TV series ever – with cult status!

19 x 90 minutes
Directed by Peter Patzak
Years of production: 1976-83
Starring Peter Vogel, Franz Buchrieser, C.A. Tichy, Walter Davy, Bibiane Zeller, Lukas Resetarits, Kurt Weinzierl