It's been too long since our last cover feature, so we wanted to bring you something truly special: our first-ever feature created entirely by one of our esteemed contributors. Take it away, MysteryGuest!
Germany provides plenty of scope for ScreenTies features, and there's no better place to start than the venerable Tatort. Tatort, which means "Crime Scene," has run continuously since 1970 and is so popular in Germany that people traditionally watch it together in pubs. Polizeiruf 110 (AKA "Police Call 110") began six months later. It was originally the East German equivalent, but it survived reunification and continues to this day.
In every episode, a team from somewhere in Germany, Austria or Switzerland investigates a crime in their home city. The Tatort team from Ludwigshafen has the most entries here, with three superb scenes: "Das Verhör," "Hauch des Todes," and "Vom Himmel hoch." My favourite, however, is Team Dresden's "Das Nest," a must-see for fans of angry damsels screaming into tight wraparound gags! Meanwhile, over at Polizeiruf, München is on a roll with scenes in their two most recent shows, "Paranoia" and "Little Boxes." And if you like your policewomen in bondage, you'll be pleased to know that exactly half of these clips feature detectives in distress.
I'm working hard to discover new scenes and create fresh, high-quality edits across both series. Many are enhanced using the latest AI technology to bring them to you with clarity never seen before. All have optional subtitles, but if you prefer to watch without, it might be useful to know that "Hilfe!" means "Help!" You'll be hearing that word a lot!