Chief Inspector (Oberinspektor for the Germans) Derrick of the Munich Kriminal Polizei is a criminologist and a caring gentleman who solves crime with certain impassiveness but great élan. He abhors violence and his methods are twined with humanistic and calm approach to criminal situations. During his years of intense police work, Stephan Derrick never lost his composure or acts as a nemesis of crime or let the criminals feel his contempt, instead; he acts like a compassionate father figure who treats the offenders with dignity. The gracious appearance of Derrick is maintained throughout the series. You won’t hear him swearing or see him acts cynical. Derrick’s cordial appearance and his aversion against violence are evident in the series as the absence of action packed shootouts or high speed chases. In fact, the Chief Inspector has almost never fired a gun or resort to violence.
Brother William of Baskerville, remember the investigation monk of Umberto Eco’s acclaimed bestseller Name of the Rose? Yes, I suspect there is Derrick persona in him and voilà Umberto Eco himself is a fan of Derrick series. He once said, “Derrick makes us all feel good, even those of us who feel superior to others, because he evokes upon the feeling of mediocrity that we all carry within us but thought we had suppressed.”
Well actually there is one more thing, of course there is Lieutenant Columbo. He is the Derrick of the
During the 1970s and 1980s the program achieved enormous success and audiences of up to 20 million. Even at present, there are 30 television channels available in
SDerrick bids farewell with his last performance on October 16, 1998, saddening millions of views more than a hundred countries including Afghanistan, China, Japan, Iran, Africa, Mexico, South America, Australia and of course, India.
I have seen less than fifty episodes in my teens, as its English dubbed version telecasted in
Thanks to Chief Inspector Stephan Derrick, the image of the Germans was considerably changed. Those who watched Derrick series would turn a reluctant face to the ugly Nazi portrayal. . In 2002 Horst Tappert, was awarded the Willy Brandt Prize of the Norwegian-German Willy Brandt Foundation because, as the official statement read, his portrayal of the likeable Inspector succeeded in improving the Germans' image in
In 1998 the series bid farewell has nothing to do with declining audience rates or popularity. The reason was at 75 Horst Tappert has just reached the age limit he had set for himself and retired. Horst Tappert was born on
In 1973 producer Ringelmann began to make the series Derrick casting Horst Tappert as Chief Inspector Stephan Derrick. It went to become the most successful German TV-series. Herbert Reinecker, was the creator of the Chief Inspector Derrick who worked almost 30 years as script writer for the series.Now, there is a new cartoon movie in Germany featuring the adventures of Inspector Derrick titled Derrick - Duty Calls.
Director: (In alphabetical order) Alfred Vohrer, Alfred Weidenmann, Dietrich Haugk, Erik Ode, Franz Peter Wirth, Gero Erhardt, Günter Gräwert, Helmut Ashley, Helmut Käutne, Horst Tappert, Jürgen Goslar, Leopold Lindtberg, Michael Braun, Theodor Grädler, Wigbert Wicker, Wolfgang Becker, Zbynek Brynych
Cast: Horst Tappert, Fritz Wepper
Year 1974 - 1998
Genere: Crime, Mystery
Runtime: 60 min
Country: West Germany