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Bastions of PowerBastions of Power
ZDF Cancelled/Ended | History, Documentary

Castles were bastions of power. Yet, what was life like behind their walls? Part 1 of our documentary follows their development from simple wooden fortifications to the most elaborate strongholds and residences. Part 2 examines their military function from the 11th to the 16th century. When the enemy was at their gates, they had to withstand battering rams, catapults and sapping which called for ever new solutions by their defenders until, finally, large-calibre cannons spelt their end.


Theresa Wolff - The Thuringian thrillerTheresa Wolff - The Thuringian thriller
ZDF, 2021 Running | Crime

For forensic doctor Dr. Theresa Wolff, death is her job and life is her passion. She moved from Berlin back to her old home in Jena to take over the management of the Institute for Forensic Medicine. To understand more about the circumstances of death in violent crimes, she also researches the lives of victims. In her first case, the brisk forensic scientist, who is described as heartily rough and direct, clashes with the responsible investigator Robert Brückner. The long-established and experienced detective chief inspector from Jena is amazed to discover that the new head of forensic medicine wants to be there when the victim's relatives visit. Not enough that Theresa Wolff immediately starts a strange dialogue with the dead woman. She also interferes in the investigator's area of ​​competence - true to her motto: "Only those who know life can understand death."


Maya the BeeMaya the Bee
ZDF, 2013 Cancelled/Ended | Comedy, Family, Adventure, Music

Bonsels' original book contains fewer than 200 pages. The storyline is centered on the relation of Maya and her many adventures. Maya is a bee born in a bee hive during internal unrest: the hive is dividing itself into two new colonies. Maya is raised by her teacher, Mrs. Cassandra. Despite Mrs. Cassandra's warnings, Maya wants to explore the wide world and commits the unforgivable crime of leaving the hive. During her adventures, Maya, now in exile, befriends other insects and braves dangers with them. In the climax of the book, Maya is taken prisoner by hornets, the bees' sworn enemies. Prisoner of the hornets, Maya learns of a hornet plan to attack her native hive. Maya is faced with the decision to either return to hive and suffer her due punishment, saving the hive, or leaving the plan unannounced, saving herself but destroying the hive. As may be expected, Maya, after severe pondering, makes the decision to return. In the hive, she announces the coming attack and is, totally unexpectedly, pardoned. The forewarned bees triumph over the hornet attack force. Maya, now a heroine of the hive, becomes a teacher, like Mrs. Cassandra and shares her experiences and wisdom with the future generation.


The Invasion: The Outbreak of World War IIThe Invasion: The Outbreak of World War II
ZDF, 2014 Cancelled/Ended | Military/War, History, Documentary

On 1 September 1939, Hitler started the most fatal war in world history - a war waged to plunder, dispossess, enslave and eliminate entire ethnic groups. This German-Polish series reconstructs how Hitler triggered a chain of events that sparked a global conflagration and the intense suffering of the Polish people, the first victims of the war.


Masters of EngineeringMasters of Engineering
ZDF, 2017 On Hiatus | Documentary
Rating: 4/5

Series of documentaries that trace the history of development of groundbreaking inventions such as trains or airplanes to the present day.


SpreewaldkrimiSpreewaldkrimi
ZDF, 2006 Running | Drama, Action, Adventure, Crime

Spreewald Krimi is a German television crime series by ZDF.


KlimawechselKlimawechsel
ZDF, 2010 Cancelled/Ended | Comedy, Drama

Four women, all teachers at Munich's Novalis high school, feel the sword of Damocles of the menopause threateningly hover above them - Angelika has hot flashes, Beate uncontrolled emotional outbursts, Cornelia gets panic attacks and Desiree is suffering from nervous exhaustion. However, all four realize that life also continues in this stage of life - albeit on winding paths.


Sarah KohrSarah Kohr
ZDF, 2014 Running | Crime

Commissioner Sarah Kohr is investigating, if necessary also with camouflage skills, to arrest criminals.


Love SucksLove Sucks
ZDF In Development | Drama, Horror, Romance

Trained as a boxer by her father, Zelda fights in the family boxing ring against fairground visitors. That's where she falls for the sensitive and sophisticated Ben who hides a secret - he's a vampire. As Zelda is faced with this horrible realisation, she learns another secret closer to home - her family are vampire slayers and a brutal feud between the two families has existed for generations. While the tension between the two families grows, does Ben and Zelda's love stand a chance?


KDD - KriminaldauerdienstKDD - Kriminaldauerdienst
ZDF, 2007 Cancelled/Ended | Drama, Crime

KDD - Berlin Crime Squad, German title KDD - Kriminaldauerdienst is a German television series that was broadcast from 2007 to 2010. The series differs from typical police procedurals by focusing on the daily work life and the private problems of the main characters instead of following a "case of the week" scheme, and because of the overarching storylines spanning one or several seasons. Due to its uncommon dramaturgy and its ambiguous drawing of the main characters, it was critically lauded and received several accolades. However, as the number of spectators remained behind expectations, the series was canceled after three seasons.


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