“One case for two” started 40 years ago


Josef Matula (Claus Theo Gärtner) in “The Big Sister” (1981), the first episode of the TV crime series “A Case for Two” – at that time still in a police uniform.

In the opening episode “The Big Sister” of the ZDF crime series “A Case for Two”, the later private detective Josef Matula (Claus Theo Gärtner) was still on duty as a Frankfurt police officer. During a testimony in court, he met his future partner, the lawyer Dieter Renz (Günter Strack). The 75-minute pilot episode flickered across the screens on September 11, 1981. 40 years later, the private detective Leo Oswald (Wanja Mues) and Benni Hornberg (Antoine Monot, Jr.) solve the cases in and around Frankfurt am Main. When it comes to the title “A case for two”, many people still think of the character Matula: a daredevil with a lot of passion, someone who likes to wear a leather jacket, play billiards and smoke cigarettes. He has been beaten, injured or threatened many times.

With episode 300, Matula dropped out in 2013. Several actors followed Günter Strack (until 1988): Rainer Hunold, Mathias Herrmann and Paul Frielinghaus. The new edition of the series started in 2014. The relaunch makes use of the “basic constellation of a private detective and a lawyer, the venue Frankfurt and above all the memorable title,” said Dirk Rademacher, Friday crime coordinator at ZDF. And: “But both the stories and the characters in this new format have been completely reinvented and do not relate to the previous one.”

Accessed on 09/10/2021 at 8:49 am on https://www.sn.at/panorama/medien/vor-40-jahren-startete-ein-fall-fuer-zwei-109295581

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