Beginning of Shooting for the First Episode 'Speed' (WT)
On 14 May shooting began for the first episode of Tatort to come from Erfurt, featuring the new team of detectives, Detective Superintendent Henry Funck (Friedrich Mücke) and Chief Inspector Maik Schaffert, (Benjamin Kramme) as well as trainee public prosecutor Johanna Grewel (Alina Levshin), who is an intern at police headquarters. The filming of Speed (WT) is scheduled to be completed here in the capital of the central German state of Thuringia on 12 June. Tatort is being made by FFP New Media for MRD, the Central German Broadcasting authority.
The story: after a thrilling chase the Erfurt detective duo Detective Superintendent Henry Funck and Chief Inspector Maik Schaffert manage to arrest Roman Darschner (Godehard Giese), who is believed to have killed a number of young women here recently. The latest victim would appear to be attractive student Anna Siebert, 24, who has been found beaten to death beside the River Gera. Together with the inexperienced intern Johanna Grewel, who has been foisted on them by their boss, Police Chief Petra "Fritze" Fritzenberger (Kirsten Block), the two investigators set off to the scene of the crime. First indications suggest that Anna was tortured before being killed, like the other women. But why didn‘t Darschner undress his victim completely this time? Was he disturbed before he could do so? Darschner himself denies being involved in any of the murders.
When the detectives search Anna‘s little student room they begin to get a puzzling impression of the dead woman: not only did she possess a number of expensive clothes, but she was also about to move to a big new apartment. What's more, two of the other students who knew her - Lisa (Henriette Confurius) and Valerie (Karoline Schuch) – describe Anna as somebody who was quite prepared to use other people for her own purposes. Where did a student get so much money? Did she have a wealthy friend, a sugar daddy? Was Anna really the latest victim of Roman Darschner? These are just some of the questions which lead the young inspectors and their intern deeper and deeper into modern-day student society during the course of the investigation. They come across a gripping jigsaw puzzle composed of rejected love, drugs and violence, before finally being confronted by the question of whether another fragile life can be saved before it's too late…
The script for this episode of the long-running detective series was written by Tom Bohn, who also directs the production. The camerawork is by Martin Schlecht. The supervising producer is Michael Smeaton, the producer is Judith Smeaton, and Meike Götz is the program executive for MDR. This episode of Tatort will be broadcast on 17 November this year at 20:15 on ARD.