When the «Iron Curtain» between the former Czechoslovakia and Austria fell around 20 years ago it did not only represent release for human beings. The dissolution of the border was also an epiphany for the flora and fauna of the two neighbouring countries. Although the same basic environmental conditions prevailed, development was at times completely different. The long term treatment, usage and exploitation of the environment, dictated as it was by differing political and economic concerns, meant that certain plants and wild animals in one region could spread unhindered while just a few kilometres away, on the other side of the barbed-wire fence, they remained totally unknown or had long been exterminated.The common history of both countries and their unique «Natural Islands» of moors, marshland and disused border country in the «Dead Zone», as well as the search for rare animal species which found refuge there, forms the focus of this Universum voyage of discovery.
The two inspectors Sandra Mohr and Sascha Bergmann are ordered to investigate the mysterious disappearance of the coach of the Austrian ski team. Soon the corpse of the ski legend is found in the snow. There is no doubt - he was murdered. The man had many enemies. Several suspects are eligible for the deed.
The Professor. The Oilfield Mystery (Professor Kramer and the Mystery of the Russian Blood)
Adelgunde, a Contemporary History Professor at the University of Vienna becomes the young Russian Jekaterina's doctoral thesis supervisor. But Jekatarina didn't pick her supervisor on a whim. Adelgunde's father was abducted when working in oil fields during the Russian occupation and was never seen again. Jekatarina claims he started a family before he died and claims to be his granddaughter. When both women start to dig into their family history, which is linked to a current murder case, their personal and political differences become flagrant. And a long buried family secret comes to light.
A Dance to Remembrance
Hartmut fights against his wife's Alzheimer's with every fibre of his being. He's ready to defy the odds and play his most unexpected card. As Erika comes back to her senses when listening to Disco music, he decides to bring their flat back into the seventies. This idea divides opinions and brings old family secrets back to light. But it's a risk he is ready to take to hold the true love of his life in his arms once more.
Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner face a new enigma as a tattooed body is found in a spectacular display. And to top things off, the body can't seem to be identified. But there is no other way: to arrest the murderer, the Viennese detectives have to find out who the victim was.
Downtown Comedy: Harrinator
Harri Pinter is a jerk. For an Ice Hockey junkie, this is the ultimate compliment. The bare-knuckled 46 year old refuses to grow up and that causes his long term girlfriend to leave him for a man with his heart on his sleeve. Harri faces a mid life crisis on his own while getting ready to compete for his ex's heart. Game on.
Downtown Comedy: Kebab Extra Hot
Mustafa is looking forward to a better future. The enemy he shares the building with, Johann, is broke. He and his bankrupt coffee house will soon be history. Then Mustafa's Turkish father-in-law announces his visit. Mustafa has not exactly told the old man the truth about his restaurant's rather modest success. Only Johann can save Mustafa from losing his honor. But this comes at a price
Downtown Comedy: Faith for Beginners
To win his true love and to get his own restaurant, Musa has to convert to Christianity and become a Muslim at the same time. At the same time become a Muslim and a Christian - an insoluble dilemma? Not for Musa!
Downtown Comedy: Emergency Lies
Ready for some not-so-usual divorce craziness? Hubert and Helga are separated, and are both in new relationships. Their kids are fine with it. Life goes on, even if they don't always get along. They all reunite in Herbert's parents' home in Graz to celebrate their grandmother's birthday together. Patricia, Herbert's girlfriend, is going to meet everyone for the first time. But it quickly becomes clear that the ill, elderly woman isn't aware of any changes in her son's private life. The family agrees to protect her by acting as if nothing has changed. The birthday dinner goes smoothly until they are all on edge, exhausted, drunk and desperate to the point where they don't remember who they are supposed to be - or to want to be with.
Old but Polt
In the sixth film adaptation of Alfred Komarek's book series, the former police inspector Simon Polt may be retired, but he is definitely still alive. Polt mixes with the winegrowers' crowd. Every first Sunday of the month, he invites them for a friendly get-together in his wine press house. After their Sunday gathering, the walk home by night through the Kellergasse goes terribly wrong. The next day, when Polt finds out about these events, he is once again faced with a mysterious crime to solve. But he wants the truth, now more than ever. Polt hasn't changed one bit.
The Murderer's Muse
Madeleine Montana is under the deluded impression that she is still a bestselling author. The blunt cynic points her sharp tongue towards everyone and anyone - even with her own son. But when a serial killer spreads fear and terror across Vienna, it soon becomes obvious that the crimes were directly inspired by Madeleine's novels' storylines. The former bestselling author is horrified and contacts the police. And she is quickly reminded how much she loves being in the spotlight. Inspector Bäumer and his assistant, Flo, fear there might be more brutal murders to come.
Vals, ein abgeschlossenes Tal in Nordtirol, 1944/45.
Eine junge selbstbewusste Frau, Rosa, kann sich ein Leben außerhalb des Tales nicht vorstellen, denn hier sieht sie ihr Glück. Naturkatastrophen, Verrat und die Auswirkungen des 2. Weltkriegs stellen genau jenes Glück in Frage. Die Kräfte des Tales scheinen sich gegen sie zu wenden...
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Scene of the Crime - Defenseless
The body of the head of the police academy is discovered. At first everything points towards suicide with his own service weapon, especially as his wife has been found dead on the top floor of the building. It seems he beat her to death in the heat of the moment. But the autopsy paints a whole other picture. The projectile in his chest wasn't fired from his own weapon; yet the type of bullet is a police-only issue. That means the perpetrator is most likely from his own ranks. Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner's investigations at the police academy dig up some extremely suspicious facts.
Dramatic Hunt (Rosaria 3)
During shooting practice in the Woods, 13-year-old Franzi overestimates his abilities and doesn't confidently hit the empty wine bottle as usual - he hits his grandfather. Shocked, Franzi runs away and doesn't have the courage to confide in anyone. When Anton Wolf dies two days later, without having revealed the facts, a dramatic course of action unfolds: almost all the villagers suspect Franz Wolf of having shot his father during an argument; they go on a veritable witch hunt against him, a serious trial for Franz and his wife Irene. When Josef, Franz's brother, returns to the village, he seems to be the only one who believes in his brother's innocence.
Scene of the Crime - Virus
A black man, beaten to death in a quarry, is found near a small town. An explosive case in times like these. Two viennese investigators, Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner, are sent to the quiet little town of Pöllau to offer a fresh perspective on the case. The dead man is not known in town and has no ID on him. The 'Fluchthof', a housing centre for Africans, can't identify him. The founder of this organisation, Doctor Alfred Reuss, has returned to his home town after years of working for NGOs. The autopsy not only reveals that the man must have already been dead by the time he was deposited in the quarry, but also that he was infected with Ebola. The diagnosis immediately triggers the emergency plan for highly infectious diseases. The town of Pöllau is sealed off. Panic spreads. Moritz and Bibi have to continue with their investigations throughout this state of emergency, while running the risk of being contaminated.
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Backwoods Crimes - Midsummer Night's Murder
An old dairymaid leaves a tarot card on a wooden table in an alpine meadow. The small group for whom the cards are being laid gazes in awe at the «death» card. A little later, a young woman is found dead in a hollow in the alpine mountains, but when the police reach the rough terrain, the body has disappeared without a trace. The victim is a German tourist. Before her death, it seems, she gave an organist a lot of money as a donation towards building his organ tower. His girlfriend was incredibly jealous, as she always was whenever he won a tourist's heart with his music. But she isn't the only suspect. The tourist's huband wasn't happy with the alliance either. He suspects the organist of having killed his wife and taken all the money. Everybody suspects everyone else. Nobody seems to put their cards on the table, not even the inspector who is expected to solve the case. Soon another tarot card is revealed on the mountain meadow, but which one?
Backwoods Crimes - Final Settlement
Commissario Höllbacher made a mistake he can't forget. But at least he wants to try to put everything behind him: the case and vain public prosecutor Nicoletti, who dragged the commissario into the glare of publicity. Höllbacher retires to a quieter post in his home town of Merano where he lives in the former tailor's workshop his late mother ran. His old friend Verginer takes care of him. They talk, drink and even laugh from time to time. At work Höllbacher is written off as a burn-out case. Then a couple are shot in the centre of Merano. She was the famous chairwoman of an Austrian bank. A terrorist background is suspected. Chief Commissioner Thaler calls the once so successful Commissario Höllbacher for help, but he wants nothing to do with the investigations - until Nicoletti interferes in the case. That's the moment Höllbacher knows he no longer has a choice.
Scene of the Crime - Shock
The team of investigators at Vienna's Federal Criminal Police Office is faced with an unusually delicate task: Lieutenant-Colonel Moritz Eisner and his colleague, Major Bibi Fellner, aren't supposed to solve a murder case, but rather prevent one. A young man has kidnapped his parents and in an open message has threatened to harm his mother and father - both highly respected members of society - and himself. Public interest in the events is huge. What's more, the young man always seems to be one step ahead of the investigators and successfully avoids being arrested. He skillfully influences public opinion about himself by using the social media and effectively directs his critical messages at the prevailing social system. Eisner and Feller are closing in on the young man and get into a spiral of public pressure, intense conflicts with each other, and growing inner doubts. The longer the feverish hunt lasts, the clearer it becomes that the culprit isn't working alone. He must have accomplices that support him and his activities. The trail leads to a network of radical activists classified as extremist by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution.
Backwoods Crimes - All About Uku
Roli and Ferdinand waylay those who think they are safe on the Höhenstraße, the dividing line between the city and the countryside. As their night shifts are only just bearable with alcohol, the quality of their unauthorized assumption of authority drops the later it gets. In the end the interrogation of a young black African and his Austrian friend results in a totally unplanned arrest - with unexpected consequences.
The Silence That Follows
Paula Rohm receives an alarming telephone call. Shots have been fired at the school that her children, Felix and Flora, attend. There have been deaths. At the school Paula and her husband Michael, realize that their son Felix is the perpetrator, and was himself his final victim. The world of the wealthy Rohm family falls apart. The more the truth comes to light, the more clearly each family member recognises their own part in Felix's terrible choice.
Backwoods Crimes - Styrian Blood
After hunters find a naked body in the woods, the brutal and mysterious case is assigned to Sandra, a young police officer. Whilst trying to solve this curious case, she faces the huge challenges of both working for her mischievous and coarse boss and of getting along with the sworn country community, which, as it turns out, wouldn't lift a finger to help her. Moreover, Sandra is put to the test when confronted with her complicated past.
Backwoods Crimes - The Dragon Maiden
At the foot of the mighty Krimml Waterfalls lies a dead girl: Lena Striegler, 15, winner of the qualifying round in the lavishly staged «Austrian Majorettes Award». Everything would point to suicide, if not for the heart-shaped stone that someone must have placed in the hands of the dead Lena. Inspector Martin Merana is to look into the matter. The return to Krimml affords surprises. One is the mystery of the case, which seems to be related to the mystical secrets of the legend of the dragon virgin. One thing quickly becomes clear to Merana: It must have been murder.
Backwoods Crimes - If You Knew How Beautiful It Is Here
The shy local police commander Hannes only knows violent crimes from television. But when a girl from the village is found brutally murdered in a dead mine, everything changes. As no one believes that Hannes can solve the case, soon the chief inspector arrives at the crime scene to take over. Hannes stays on the case to prove he can solve the it on his own, but during his investigations his hometown and its inhabitants soon turn into complete strangers to him.
My Wife, a stranger
Upon leaving a coffeehouse, outpatient nurse Maria Hofer is hit by a car in the street and seriously injured. When Maria wakes up from a coma, she fails to recognize her husband Bruno and their two children. The only witness is Lukas Horvath, who does not reveal in his testimony that he had a date with his mistress Maria in the coffeehouse. During the reconstruction of the day of the accident Bruno discovers a time gap. Where was Maria between her last patient visit and the accident? The events come thick and fast. Will Maria regain her memory -- and can Bruno save their family life?
Irene's Dark Secret (Rosaria 2)
Young Irene has just been elected vice-mayor of three consolidated communities. When the sitting mayor dies in a car accident immediately after the election, she assumes his duties on an interim basis. Many villagers are upset because Irene has very unconventional ideas for the administration. When chef Paul Berger wants to reopen an old village inn and Irene's brother Georg wants to work there, Irene is also vehemently opposed to the inn project. Old wounds of the past break open and a dark secret slowly comes to light.
Before the final round of a commercial broadcaster's talent show, music manager and jury member Udo Hausberger is found strangled in his villa. It looks like an accident during an extreme sex game. But during the autopsy a crumpled piece of paper is found in the throat of the victim. Clearly the Music manager has choked on that, and suddenly suicide is out of the question. On this paper, the investigators discover lyrics, which the young man with a wonderful voice is to sing who is regarded as the favourite likely to win.
The Art of War
On the outskirts of Vienna, a Turkish businessman has been murdered. To Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner, the cruelty of the perpetrators suggests that the man was involved with organised crime. In the course of the investigation, Eisner meets a young Ukrainian woman who has been a white slave in the house of the victim for years, and the investigators seem to be on to a gang of human traffickers. When among the associates of the murder victim a violent pimp just released from prison shows up, the case takes a surprising twist, which could be fatal for the two investigators.
Backwoods Crimes - Southern Cross
After a traumatic police operation gone bad, cop Tommy takes a break. He is looking for peace in a small, tranquil village, where his father, who left the family years ago, was the headmaster and bequeathed to him the old schoolhouse. The villagers don't exactly welcome him with open arms - the only ones who meet him with less hostility are the shopkeeper and his neighbour Traude. And even the peace doesn't last long, because there is a terrible accident at the local circus, in which Fire Chief Fenninger is killed. Soon there is evidence that this accident comes in handy for some villagers. Ever more clearly Tommy recognizes that chasms open up behind the facade of the peaceful village, abysses of revenge, hatred and retribution - and not least of Tommy's own family history.
Backwoods Crimes - The Woman with One Shoe
Blonde hair floats in a quarry pond. Not a wig, but a real scalp. Then a foot is found, a knee somewhere else. Police chief Franzi and her colleague are faced with a growing puzzle of body parts. They all belong to the same person. But to whom? Because Headquarters take their own sweet time, Franzi investigates on her own and is confronted with passions quite unlike anything she has ever seen.
Backwoods Crimes - All Flesh is Grass
After Anton Galba's blackmailer, who knew everything about him and his secret lover, dies through an unfortunate fall, Galba panics and instantly removes the body. Soon after police officer Nathanael Weiß starts his investigations and although he knows Galba is guilty, he needs his help at the same time to get rid of Weiß' own opponent.
When Summer Ends
Ben is a cheerful, newly enamoured adolescent who just passed his final exams and graduated from high school. His mother Sylvia is deep in love with her new boyfriend Wolfgang. Ben never met his real father, but he knows from his mother that he is the result of a wonderful Interrail-romance. Everything seems to be perfectly fine until Ben accidentally finds an obituary in the waste bin. The decedent is his already presumed dead grandfather. Ben feels betrayed and attends the funeral against his mother's will. There he finally discovers a great family secret - his father is still alive! But what is even more shocking to Ben is discovering his mother's pregnancy was caused by rape.
A young man fails to come home one night in 1968. His disappearance in the immediate vicinity of the Iron Curtain remains unexplained for many years. He leaves behind him a wife and young son. It is the time of the Prague Spring. The Czech authorities strenuously deny any incident on the border, although numerous signs suggest that dramatic events took place on the night in question. Only decades later does the son discover the truth about his father - and is forced to realise that nothing is just in the past in the border country and that the events of a long-ago night continue to have repercussions for the present day.
A horrible fluoric acid accident kills young lab worker Roswita because of her defective produced protective suit. As Roswita is the godchild of the chief of inspector Eisner and inspector Fellner, the two soon start their investigations.
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Angelica Fast is in her mid-thirties, a divorced single mother - and a successful investigator at Vienna's criminal investigation department. The good-looking young woman handles the balancing act between her job and parental duties with humour. Even if her teenage twins keep her on her toes, she goes all out for the pursuit of criminals. That professional and private life isn't always separable, is not least due to her ex-husband, the chief of forensics: Some teasing is part of the daily routine, and it may well happen, that childrearing is discussed on the crime scene.
Sentimentality has no room in all this - Angelica Fast knows what she wants and always keeps the facts in sight.
Road to Paradise
Actually, the two detectives Bibi Fellner and Moritz Eisner had just finished their last criminal case and wanted to return to their hometown. But their comeback is suddenly interrupted due to terrible news. Bibi's father died. Adventitiously her father left Bibi an envelope. Much to her surprise the letter leads her to an unknown safe-deposit box: her father, who was totally penniless, leaves his daughter more than 30,000 euros! But where does the money come from? Mysteriously the financial heritage of another home resident, who died two weeks before, was also located in this safe-deposit box. During their further investigations they find out that the male residents of the nursing home went with a group of senior citizens to Hungary every Wednesday. And every Thursday they've brought money to the bank. First, it looks like medication smuggling to Bibi and Moritz, but then, after the series of deaths, the investigators find traces of crystal meth at the autopsy.
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Simon Polt, a country constable who has taken voluntary retirement lives a quiet life since he has left the police force. He shares his life with his girlfriend and is following a new path in the Wiesbach valley. The only officer of the peace he keeps in touch with is Norbert Sailer. But fate wouldn't let him keep his distance for too long: an unidentified body is found and his peaceful new world's carefully preserved balance is shattered.
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Rosaria, an Italian teacher, loses her entire family in a major earthquake. To get over the trauma, she travels to the Austrian countryside with her pupils. There the beautiful Italian woman immediately arouses the interest of brothers Josef and Franz. When Rosaria and Josef fall in love with one another shortly afterwards, her decision not to return to her homeland, but instead to stay with Josef, meets with disapproval from his brother, Franz. Serious family conflicts and hostilities within the village community threaten to destroy the new beginning that Rosaria had hoped for and the love between her and Josef.
Five years after her abduction, a girl succeeds in escaping from her dungeon. Shortly afterwards her abductor commits suicide. When the criminal's home is finally demolished, detectives Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner make another gruesome find on the site. The body of their missing colleague is found in the basement vault of the house. And she appears to have died of thirst. Convinced that the death of their colleague was cold-blooded murder, the detectives set out to find the truth and in the process stumble upon a network of criminal activity that leads them to the very highest echelons of the police and judiciary.
Code Name "Kidon"
A guest falls onto the roof of a taxi from the top floor of a hotel near Vienna's Opera House. He is dead. But is it suicide or murder? The dead man is Dr. Bansari, an Iranian diplomat and nuclear physicist. The Iranian Embassy and Austrian Foreign Ministry immediately weigh in. Both try to keep the case strictly under wraps, but the investigating team of Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner will not be deterred from pressing ahead with their enquiries. In the process they stumble across business dealings that a lobbyist is pursuing for a high-tech company. This company manufactures pumps and valves that could possibly be used in atomic reactors. A major deal has just been closed and the goods are thought to be making their way to Iran via third countries. This, at least, is the possible assumption of the Israeli secret services, who are suspected of having a hand in the death of Dr. Bansari and of sending an assassination squad.
Lost & Found
Kristin doesn't really feel like having a birthday party. Forty and single! What is there to celebrate? Then she is given a lost suitcase that her closest friend, Lenny, has bought for her from an airport auction. Of all things, it is this that signals the start of the adventure of her life. She finds love letters that are beautiful enough to make her cry, and so Kristin dives helter-skelter into a search for the lovers who have experienced such feelings. A romantic comedy with a lot of refreshing moments enriching everyday life.
Swim For Your Life
Ilayda, a 17-year old Turkish schoolgirl, lives with her very well integrated family in a foreign country. Since the death of her father, she herself has focused heavily on her religion and is wearing a headscarf again. As a result she is becoming increasingly isolated from her class at school. She is a keen swimmer and secretly pursues her passion at night-time in the school's swimming pool. When her sports teacher, Martha, becomes aware of this, she tries to bring Ilayda back into the class community through the school's swimming team. The problem is that she would have to take off her headscarf and burka and swim in an ordinary swimming costume for the competition ...
Live is Life - Late Bloomers
Jail sentence or community service? 100 days pushing senior citizens around in their wheelchairs in a retirement home is a 100 times better than life behind bars. Wanted by the cops, kicked out of his own band, Rocco hits bottom. But his seniors haven't forgotten him, and now they want him to form a band with them so that they can win the band contest's 100.000 euro prize and buy their freedom from the hated home director. "Rocco and the Pacemakers" is born, and they're out to rock'n'roll! An extraordinary comedy - so successful that a second part followed.
Live is Life - No Time to Lose
Since their big hit, «Live is Life», Rocco and the Pacemakers have made the most of their fame with countless gigs. But even though their music makes them feel youthful, they haven't actually got any younger. After one of the band members has a dizzy spell, the group, with Degenhard and Sissy leading the way, decide to put an end to the tour. Rocco takes their wishes on board with a heavy heart. And so they return to the retirement home, where in the meantime Rocco's fl ame, Marina, has become the warden. The gentle Marina may have put a stop to the harsh regime of her predecessor, Frau Glück, but now the pendulum is swinging too far in the other direction.
A twelve-year old boy on his BMX bike sprays an ex-prostitute with a petrol-filled water gun as she stands on the street, smoking. She goes up in flames and dies of her burns. The boy is caught. But because of his age he cannot be prosecuted. Bibi Fellner, formerly a vice officer, quickly feels at home in the environment that she has known for decades. The scene is extremely brutal. It is ruled by Bulgarians, Turks and Chechens. The boy is a Bulgarian whose mother is being made to work under duress as a clandestine prostitute by a pimp who compels women to work for him. He forced the boy to set fire to the ex-prostitute because she betrayed him and put him in prison, from where he has recently been released ...
Moritz Eisner has a serious problem: He has been shot and as a result has retrograde amnesia. In other words he can remember some things, but others not at all. Furthermore, nobody knows what he was doing. Despite being sick, Moritz looks in his office for clues, but his boss sends him home again. Eventually Eisner sets out to discover what actually happened. He takes up residence in the local inn, where the incident took place, and is soon recognised by some of the village's inhabitants. Little by little, pieces of the puzzle come to light, and when a body is found in the quarry belonging to Herr Wiegele (Juergen Maurer), where Moritz was also shot, it seems that the case might have something to do with the far-right movement.
How to Steal a Kiss
The Kiss has gone. It's been stolen! For Leopold, the owner of the world-famous Klimt painting, it's the best and only good piece of news he's had in years. He isn't allowed to sell the Klimt, but with the insurance money he can finally pay off his debts. However, he hasn't reckoned with Isabella. She knows that the stolen Klimt is a fake and is holding Leopold, of all people, responsible for finding it again before the whole swindle is exposed - a refreshing comedy of errors with TV stars such as Ursula Strauss, Benno Fürmann, Udo Samel and many more.
An international conference is being held in Vienna. As he drives up to the venue in his limousine followed by other diplomats, Marcus Sherman,an American citizen and the man in charge of the conference, barely escapes a bomb attack withhis life. The initial findings of the investigation clearly point to Islamic extremists being behind it. But the competing inquiries of the investigators Eisner and Fellner from the Federal Office of Criminal Investigation and the specialists from the Federal Agency for State Protection and Counter Terrorism soon paint an entirely different picture of the supposedly religiously motivated terror attack.
While loading a refrigerated container at Vienna's Danube port of Albern, a defective cooling unit isdiscovered. When the container is opened, in addition to tons of chicken, three dead Chineseare found. At the same time, a drunken Chinese rioting at a Chinese restaurant is arrested. The next morning, body parts are found, which, as investigations quickly reveal, belong to the previously arrested Chinese. He had however been released early at the intercession of the head of the immigration authorities. The clues from the three bodies from the container and the murdered Chinese lead to a meat whole saler by the name of Klaus Müller, who pretends to be the innocence personified. During their further investigations, Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner delve deeply into the unimaginable illegal dealings of the Chinese mafia, in which, as it seems, both the meat wholesaler and the head of the immigrationauthorities are involved. And then there's mysterious Ms. Gu, head of the Chinese restaurant, who appears to be the keystone of the puzzle.
The Way You Are
Following the send-off on her last working day, callous judge Helene Offer, under the influence of alcohol, causes a car accident with grave consequences.To save her reputation, she takes care of the victim's daughter, Michalina, who suffers from Down syndrome. With her spontaneity and warmth, Michalina turns Helene's lonesomelife upside down and has her reconsidering her relationship with her estranged son Rupert. And the young woman needs help with an impossible plan. She wants to marry her boyfriend, Sebastian,who also suffers from Down syndrome. And that is legally impossible. Helene attends to the matter and against official and family resistance attempts to make possible a church wedding for the unusual couple. Through her commitment to Michalina, Helene finds an unexpected way back to her son Rupert.
Life is good for Hubert Fischbach.His charming wife, Henni, is a wonderful mother to his children, Alina, 10, and Theo, 8. His career with an energy company is about to take off.The only thing that gives him any stress every now and again is his relatives.Whatever Hubert has achieved never has been and never will be good enough for his father, Hermann, a retired general who has always preferred Hubert's brother, Viktor.It all comes to a head during family visits; after all, the Fischbach brothers, Hubert and Viktor live side by side in two halves of the same semi-detached house.For the children's sake, the Fischbachs take part in an eco-project.But the fun is soon over.The competition to have the smallest ecological footprint turns into a no-holds-barred battle between the neighbouring Fischbach brothers.A fast-paced family comedy with Harry Krassnitzer and Ann-Kathrin Kramer.
No Way Out
A bus belonging to a cleaning company is attacked before the start of work.The driver, a student, is shot dead. Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner's investigationspoint to it being «mistake»- the stand-in driver was killed insteadof the usual man. He, however, is at home with flu, and is not left in peacefor long. The killers appear at his house, but he is able to flee to the policeand discloses that he is a Serbian refugee from the Kosovan war, has marriedin Austria and taken the name Müller, which is his wife's name. The explosivedetail is that he was a member of a paramilitary grouping that, as a hitsquad, had massacred Bosnian Muslims. He, then Mirco Gradic, now JosefMüller, deserted, and has precise records of all the atrocities committed. Heis able to identify members of the troop who are living incognito in Vienna,and above all the ringleaders. One of these must have disappeared in Viennaand have discovered Müller's presence here, along with his true identity.The case develops into a pitiless battle with Serbian ultra-nationalists,which almost ends in an inferno.
A naked man is found in a car park - lying in a shopping trolley with bullet holes in his knees and temple. It transpires that the victim is Bulgarian,and was involved in a break-in at a jeweller's shop. Is the murder part of a gang war? After contact is made with the Bulgarian authorities, a Bulgarian special investigator, Donka Galabova, travels to Vienna. Then a very similar burglary takes place in a car showroom. The crimes always follow the same pattern. It seems as if the perpetrators come to Vienna for the night of the crime and then disappear again afterwards. Who is the Austrian middleman, who selects the targets for break-in, and who disposes of the goods afterwards?
During their investigations, police inspector Eisner and his assistant, Bibi, repeatedly come up against a lawyer who represents the victims, and also against a probable fence who seems to be implicated in the case. As a second body, also found naked in a shopping trolley, is discovered, this time shot by a Bulgarian weapon, it becomes clear that a Bulgarian killer must be present in the city. Can the Austrian special investigation team and their Bulgarian colleague solve the case?
When Otto plays - and he plays for money - he usually wins, and it doesn't seem to do any harm to his fortunes in love. Women find him irresistible. Which is the root of a problem - or three problems, to be precise - that Otto cannot solve in his usual confident and laid back way.
Otto is a loving father to his three children, David,Julia and Pius. Purely from a logistical point of view this is something of a challenge, since the three mothers are not supposed to know anything about one another. Otto's planning difficulties get worse when Maria, the former jazz diva who helps him out looking after the kids, has to go into hospital for a knee operation. Just in time, Otto makes friends with Josef, a solitary fitter with a liking for astrology. Josef is the exact opposite of Otto. He loves order, and is punctual, conscientious and reliable; from Otto's point of view the ideal stand-in for Maria. However, Josef has two problems that concern Otto. First, he has no interest in children, and second, where women are concerned, having been wounded once in love, he is afflicted by an almost pathological shyness.
Otto makes Josef an offer: if Josef will help Otto out with the kids, Otto will show him how life really should be lived. However, this only works out for a short time. Whilst Josef makes the most of his new-found lust for life, Otto's web of lies collapses: the children's mothers get wise to him and take the kids away. Josef, who cannot stand idly by and watch his new friend's downfall, goes on the offensive. Mobilising all of his new skills, he intervenes with Otto's women and helps his friend to make a new start as a father and friend in an honest and happy «patchwork family». After all, family is what you make of it.
The Kebab Incident
Johann Stanzerl feels hemmed in. Every other business in his Viennese neighbourhood is owned by a Turk. Only his beloved Café Prinz Eugen is still offering any resistance, with its regular, upstanding, Austrian clientele. To Johann's surprise, he and his wife were not the only ones extending their café. Mustafa, the Turkish businessman from next door also expanded his new restaurant. The Count had obviously sold the same premises twice. Could this possibly get worse for Johann? The enemies both live in and own his building. The Turkish neighbour must go, no matter the cost.
O Holy Night!
Christmas has been cancelled - at least for Sarah. After a long period of separation from her husband, the policeman Gustl, she finally feels strong enough to move out of the flat they share. However Sarah doesn't earn enough money from her work in a call centre and so decides to take another job as a Christmas tour guide in Salzburg, much to the displeasure of Gustl, her son James and grandad Willi, who will have to do with out her traditional Christmas delicacies. Alternatives obviously have to be found - but that proves easier said than done. While Sarah tries to strike a balance between her two jobs, Gustl hatches a new plan for Christmas, involving his police colleagues and his new lover. The rest of the family tries frantically to make alternative festive arrangements - with chaotic outcomes. To make matters worse, Sarah also receives unwelcomed guests. As Sarah however begins to cook not to spend Christmas alone, nothing remains as originally planned in this turbulent Christmas spectacular.
Into the Future, Bravely
All their private and commercial aspirations, hopes and plans in mind, three families - working class, estate holding aristocrats and Jewish factory owners - make a new start into the »modern times« of the fledgling Second Austrian Republic in the early fifties. What does this second republic have in store? As people start to rearrange their lives, a new generation is born.
Chief inspector Moritz Eisner receives unexpected help in solving a difficult case from the popular television presenter Agnes. While researching a story about two brothers involved in a fight over their inheritance, she stumbles upon the murder of a quarry owner. But it soon becomes obvious that she is not giving away everything she knows. Moreover, she harbours a dark secret which puts her life at risk ...
This time Moritz Eisner has been sent from Vienna to the beautiful region of Tyrol to speed up progress in tracking down the killer of a major construction company owner, Kogl, who had employed illegal workers through several subcontractors. This misdeed was flagged up by the finance authorities and resulted in one subcontractor going bust, whilst the illegal workers, Macedonians, were deported back to their homeland without being paid. One of the former workers has come back with his father to collect the wages that are owing to him. However these two are not the only ones upon whom suspicion falls. The fugitive subcontractor, who himself was duped by Kogl, had every reason to kill him. A suspended finance official and an enterprising investigative journalist are also embroiled in the case and seem suspicious. And finally the murder victim's private life offers yet another motive ...
Short Mystery Stories:
Welcome in Vienna
A touching and thrilling adventure based on true events, this three-part-tv-series chronicles the escapes of several Jewish refugees from Nazi-turned Austria and their perilous journeys across the globe to America. As they struggle to come to terms with their new situations some challenge their luck abroad, while others find their destiny by returning to a very different Austria they left behind years ago.
Trautmann, the Viennese policeman from the «Kaisermühlen Blues» series, is rough on the outside and very human inside. He has been transferred to the police department in the second district of Vienna.
Molly & Mops - Café Mops
Molly has opened a small café with a personaltouch in Vienna, which, thanks to her imaginative creations, has soon gained an excellent reputation.Once again Mops the dog is her helpful assistant. Molly receives a visit from Valerie, the diet-mad manageress of the «Neon & Blau» café opposite, which attracts far fewer customers than «Café Mops». Valerie is under huge pressure from her boss, Mrs. Rot, to do something to stop their flourishing competitor. A variety of different struggles develop between the «Neon & Blue» and «Café Mops»: mice hightail it through Molly's kitchen, and a fire threatens the eatery. On top of this, Molly actually experiences her first great
Molly & Mops - Life is not a Piece of Cake
Molly's café in Salzburg went bankrupt. Then she reads about a high-calibre confectioner's competition to be held in Vienna. If she could win, all ofMolly's financial problems would be solved! But from the first day everything in Vienna goes wrong. First Molly's competition entry is ruined.
However she succeeds, without ingredients or akitchen - and not least thanks to Mops - in producing a new creation overnight in a laundrette. Despite the stiff competition, Molly gets through the first round and finally reaches the final with two other contestants. A game of intrigue behind the scenes of the show and Lukas,her attractive fellow competitor, threaten to upset Molly's emotional balance still further ...Molly's grandmother, Klara, and friend, Azra, battle through the exciting events with her.
Molly & Mops - 100 Kilos of Love
Molly is somewhat rounder than the fashionistas, nutrition junkies and self-appointed judges of all that is beautiful, good and right will ever accept. Nevertheless, she has three main points in her favour - she knows who she wants to be, she knows what she wants to be and she has the energy to succeed. And on top of this, don't forget, she has Mops the dog, who speaks to her. When Molly faces a number of travails - such as being left by her boyfriend for another woman, moving from her small home town to the big city, and winding up stranded and alone in Salzburg after getting conned out of her money - her skill as a pastry chef, her willpower and, of course, Mops ultimately help save the day.
Four years have passed since Ernst, Ludwig and Adrian ended their futile search for their fathers with the conclusion: «We're all brothers anyway». In the meantime, Ernst separated from Iris and has become a famous TV chef. Ludwig runs a successful up-market pub in which Adrian is helping out. As Ludwig and Iris fall in love and Adrian begins to write a novel about the search for their father emotional turmoil ensues
Adrian, Ernst and Ludwig are brothers - and as different as night and day. Adrian, is a nurse, living together with his male lover. Ernst is a highly decorated chef, struggling to save his marriage. And Ludwig has gone off the rails serving yet another prison sentence. As their mother dies they discover that they each have a different father. Together they set out on a quarrelsome journey across Europe to find them.
Family law judge Sabine has kept away from her hometown and its dark memories since her mother's death - until her former love Leonard asks her to return for their high school reunion. The gathering is already in full swing when Sabine arrives and her friend Mia greets her with a heartfelt welcome. The former schoolmates update each other on the latest news, exchange memories, laugh, drink. Sabine quite unexpectedly finds herself enjoying the party, except for one drop of bitterness: Leonard isn't there. Suddenly, the mayor, Ferdinand, receives a phone call. Leonard's daughter has disappeared without a trace. Sabine, accompanied by Mia and Ferdinand, drives to Leonard's house where she faces him for the first time after all these years: Leonard and his wife, both wracked by immeasurable despair. Sabine feels helpless and wants to return home, but Leonard persuades her to stay, if not for him, then at least to offer moral support for his wife. Sabine finally consents but has a terrible suspicion about Leonard's daughter; and a quick trip for a class reunion turns into an unexpectedly long stay in her old hometown, a journey into Sabine's past where she has to confront her worst nightmare.
Faith, Love, Death
A young woman is found dead in a townhouse still under construction, apparently strangled by someone she knew and invited into her half-furnished home. A traffic officer investigating a nearby hit-and-run accident discovers the victim and immediately contacts his friend, detective Moritz Eisner. Eisner's investigations not only confront him with a family tragedy but lead him ever deeper into the network of a powerful global organization that hides its worldly claims to power behind a religious façade. Soon, Eisner realizes that he is the one under scrutiny. The organization's eyes and ears seem to be everywhere, even in the public prosecutor's office. In the long run he discovers that the cult is trying to recruit his daughter Claudia. Then a second murder in the same pattern casts the case in a new and disturbing light. The victim is a psychologist who worked at deprogramming former sect members and who had a very personal reason for her activities.
The Tree of Salvation
When a young Turkish woman is found hanged in a wooded area, the police at first assume suicide because four other young Turks have already hanged themselves from the same tree. However, the autopsy finds signs of violence and the girl's boyfriend has also disappeared. Investigations begin in the overheated atmosphere of a political conflict: The recent completion of a minaret sets the population groups against each other.
When Chief Inspector Moritz Eisner is called to a crime scene in the Vienna underground, he is horrified: once again the victim is a teenager who has been brutally executed. Everything points to the perpetrator being a serial killer. The victims themselves are all convicted violent criminals. However, none of them had been imprisoned as they were all too young when they committed their crimes. The only condition was that they seek professional help and attend therapy. Gruesomely, they have each now been killed in the same way as their own victims. And if the case were not unsettling enough, to make matters worse Eisner has also been assigned a new assistant, who, however, is not unknown to him: Bibi Fellner, who is burnt out and teetering on the brink of alcoholism, yet somehow intensely human. All leads point to the «Youth Health» therapy centre, which specialises in resocialising young violent criminals. Together with his assistant, who sees Eisner as her last chance, he sets out to search for the culprit...
When the chief financial manager of the syndicate that controls the Austrian
The Millennium Murderer
A car burns up on an open field at the edge of the Vienna Woods. The police discover the remains of a corpse in the vehicle that is surrounded by a symbol that looks very much like a coat of arms dug into the earth. Was this a ritual carried out by a psychopath, or did a murderer from the Vienna sex and porno scene stage this scenario to distract attention from his real motives?
Never Again Opera
In the home for aging artists, deaths are multiplying. The investigation of the mysterious death of the star tenor, Oskar Weisshaupt, leads the «Scene of the Crime» team to a network of dark doings. Not only are the shady manager of the home and his aides suspect, but also the star's various ex-girlfriends. ORF succeeded in winning a large number of high ranking Austrian and international opera stars to play the inhabitants of the artists' home.
Jakob is living a double life - during the day, a decent family man and tour bus driver; at night, a gentleman bandit with Robin Hood tendencies. Ably supported by his accomplice Fanny, no art theft is too difficult for this smart and charming quick change artist. However he barely escapes from his last escapade - a heart attack puts an end to the robbery and very nearly lands him in jail. After being persuaded to spend some time in hospital, Jakob accidently stumbles upon a corruption racket involving the Chief of Police and resting in bed is suddenly off the agenda. After being hunted by the police for years, Jakob sees his chance to get his own back on the Police Chief and do something good at the same time. But will his weak heart be up to it? And can he continue to hide his secret double life from his daughter for much longer? But Jakob wouldn't be Jakob if he didn`t have a few aces up his sleeve.
His Mother & Me
If only Marie had known what her dream wedding with the airline pilot Hubert would bring, she would have reconsidered her decision to get hitched. Maries's mother-in-law Leopoldine, who has kept a jealous watch over her son since the death of her husband, refuses to be happy for the newlyweds. She takes every opportunity to put the relationship to the test. Nothing changes when Marie gets pregnant and moves back into Hubert's parents' house. Leopoldine wants to make Marie sick of life - by any means. And Hubert? He travels the world, happily jumping into bed with stewardesses. As the conflict with Leopoldine begins to escalate, Marie receives unexpected help from the mistress of her father-inlaw, Rosa, and her son Georg. Marie discovers that, according to Hubert's father's will, Rosa and Georg should have inherited Leopoldine's house. And as if that wasn't enough - Georg is Hubert's brother! When Marie gives birth to her baby she decides to make a fresh start. She separates from Hubert and confronts Leopoldinewith the truth about her dead husband.
Home for Sale
Max Höllerer, the owner of the Alpine hotel Edelweiss, finds himself in hot water. An international tourism company has taken over the insolvent hotel and plans to turn the idyllic family establishment into a modern health spa. Everything appears to be going perfectly, the pre-contracts have been signed and staff member Sarah Sand has been asked by her boss to convince Max to stay on as manager of the new hotel. He continually refuses and tries everything possible to keep the family stablishment in its original condition, much to the displeasure of the local mayor, farmers and business people, who think the project will be a money spinner. As Max and Sarah get to know each other better and Max learns that his best friend is caught up in the whole business, the mood in the village begins to change - one or more snags have obviously been overlooked. Sarah also begins to have her concerns. The investors, meanwhile, have brought forward their plans to have the property surveyed in order to seal the deal. Can Max and Sarah turn the tables?
Hemma, Roland and Stefano are all searching in their own particular way for the meaning of life. While Roland restores his dream car, Giulia Super, Hemma is searching, through photography, for a deeper meaning to her existence. The Italian Stefano runs his own restaurant - but is this the right thing for him?
These three lonely individuals are torn between their feelings of friendship for each other and the haunting question of their existence. But when the mysterious Guilia suddenly appears one day, everything changes in an instant. She brings a sense of vitality back into their lives and together they decide to travel with the restored Guilia Super to their various places of birth. The journey takes them back to their families in Tyrol, Italy and Germany and a past which they had long ago left behind. Slowly Hemma, Roland and Stefano begin to recognise their purpose in life and when Giulia, who it turns out is not from this world, departs, they are left with a sense of closeness that they had never thought possible. Full of tranquillity and melancholy, Giulia Super is a parable of life.
Wishing for a Baby
When an investigative journalist is murdered, the Interior Ministry's Special Investigator Moritz Eisner is called in. He is quickly convinced that the murder is part of something larger.
Eisner's local colleagues are initially sceptical but quickly change their mind after a genetic engineer and DNA specialist is shot. A number of connections between the two murders begin to appear and the clues lead to a renowned fertility clinic. The investigators' enquiries uncover a quagmire of corrupt business deals involving couples who desperately want to have children. But what role does the owner of a fitness club, where patients from the clinic are sent, play in the whole business? When his 8 year old son is kidnapped and the parents are blackmailed, it quickly becomes clear to Eisner and his colleagues that a massive scandal is being covered up by every means possible. And when a team of Eastern European contract killers begins to close in on the investigators, a deadly manhunt begins...
The prominent victim in Moritz Eisner's next murder case is Raimund Jakobi, the internationally successful physicist. In great demand as a brilliant scientist who conducts research for the automotive industry, the ruthless egocentric had made many enemies, both on a personal level and professionally. In the course of his investigations, Eisner ends up walking into a minefield of personal hurts and brutal economic competition.
Joined in Love
Vreni and Sali were made for each other. However, a dispute between their fathers over a patch of farm land has far-reaching consequences, tearing the lovers apart. Only when both families have been destroyed do Vreni and Sali seem to have found their window of opportunity to live out their love - even if its only for one night...
Stubborn Men 2
In reality he is still in love with Stephanie and would do just about anything to win her back. But as usual, she sees it differently. Toni, Schärdings football coach, is having a difficult time with the ladies. He could really take a liking to Maria, a teacher, but somehow everything always becomes so complicated.
A series of murders in the middle of the tourist season frightens the cheerfully bustling town of Lahnenberg out of its usual complacency.
Afraid for their lives, the tourists are scrambling to leave the village, spelling certain financial ruin for Lahnenberg's hotel owners. The investigation of Moritz Eisner and Stefanie Gschnitzer becomes a race against time, with the killer committing a perfectly planned and executed murder of a tourist on a daily basis and leaving behind each time a «deadly souvenir»- a snowball.
Polt II - Flowers for Polt
It is springtime and work in the vineyards is in full swing, when two tragic accidents suddenly disrupt Simon Polts happy indulgence. Rudi Riebls death in an accident comes as no surprise to anybody. But why did the handicapped Willi, Polts friend, get so close to the dangerous terrain that he actually fell to death? Simon Polt feels that the people around him have resigned far too quickly to the version that these were accidents that just happened to occur in such rapid sequence. As stubborn as ever in finding the truth behind the facts, Polt even puts his budding love for teacher Karin Walter at stake.
Chief Inspector Moritz Eisner takes a vacation in a small town in Tyrol. A passion play performed every eight years is taking place there. Already on the first day he discovers a body: the mayor's son has been nailed to the cross. Commissioner Roxane Aschenwald, who grew up in this town, starts the investigation, with Moritz assisting her. Roxane's past soon catches up with her.
Max and Katrin or The Christmas Dog
Max hates the Advent season, Christmas in Vienna in particular, and generally speaking, the season horrifies him. He would fly to the South Seas, if it were not for a minor problem called Kurt, Maxs dog, who of course has to stay behind. Therefore Max looks for somebody willing to look after his dog. Katrin sniffs a chance here: She hates Christmas too, the Christmas party at her parents in particular, including the advances made by her fiancé Aurelius - who is absolutely perfect, or so it seems. Year after year, she looks out for loopholes to stay away from the Christmas disaster, but alas! As Katrin's father is extremely allergic to dogs, a dog would be a great opportunity. Things no doubt take a different turn than originally planned
Jojo, an 18 year-old bicycle messenger, left home and came to Vienna looking for a life of excitement, freedom and independence in the big city. When cool Bernd sends Jojo to deliver a letter with a rose attached to beautiful Clarissa he becomes the regular postillon damour between the two, falls in love with Clarissa while at the same time striking up a friendship with smooth-talking Bernd, whom he admires. Just when Jojo has decided to get his emotional life together, Clarissas father chases him out of the house with a shotgun. And when Jojo goes to tell Bernd what happened, sitting there on the couch is some battered thug Bernd has beat half to death in self-defense. Chase scenes, beatings, betrayal and crime - Jojo will have to take a few more hard knocks - literally speaking - before he can get himself out of the predicament his naiveté has gotten him into.
The First Day
A warm summer night. At 4am a monitoring station registers an absurdly high level of radioactivity - probably an error. But before long, the report of an accident comes from an atomic power station close to the border: minor amounts of radioactivity have leaked out. However, the indications that it concerns an accident of previously unseen proportions soon intensify: high contamination of vehicles coming from the neighbouring country is reported and contamination monitoring stations reveal increased levels after a storm - radioactive fallout! The population is alerted to stay indoors. People have to face their worst fears, crops and livestock are forever lost. But then at 4.20pm the situation gets even worse: the reactor is out of control! At least 40,000 people have to be evacuated and a race against time and the approaching storm front begins...
The Black Lion
The down and out football club of a small village rockets into the big leagues thanks to the help of a group of talented African refugees. After overcoming athletic differences and human prejudices, the Nigerian footballers become pillars of the village team. When notices of deportation suddenly arrive, the coach, team and villagers unite to fight for the rights of their three »Black Lions«.
Andreas Hofer - The Liberty of the Eagle
In 1805 Napoleon emerges victorious from the Battle of Austerlitz, defeating the Russian and Austrian troops. Tyrol had to be handed over to Napoleon. Andreas Hofer and Joachim Haspinger travel to Vienna to Archduke Johann to ask him to bring his influence to bear for Tyrol's sake where all privileges and long-standing rights its people enjoy have been snatched away. The Archduke promises to lend his support. Full of courage and hope and driven by Haspinger, a fundamentalist Capuchin priest who favours using any means necessary to combat the enemy, the peace loving freedom fighter Andreas Hofer finds himself swept up in a daring adventure: a war against Napoleon.
Polt III - Heaven, Polt & Hell
The parish priest has invited a group of illustrious persons to dine with him. One look at the guests, and the priest's cook goes pale from shock. Without a word she dumps her soup over the head of the prominent guest and runs to hide in her room. Later she is found dead, poisoned by a 1979 Cabernet Sauvignon.
A Heaven for Pets
Thomas Donnhofer is about to realize his dream of his own wellness spa. However, at second glance, he seems less lucky: His marriage has fallen to pieces, and his 14-year-old daughter is more willful than ever on the summer vacation they spend together. But suddenly their lives change completely within a few days. Thomas meets Bettina, a veterinarian, and his daughter breaks into the building of a pharmaceutical testing institution in order to free the stricken animals. The stylish hotel becomes a pet asylum and Donnerhofer is transformed into an advocate for animals' right to live the way intended by nature.
The Prince of Her Dreams
Theo Bretterer has everything that a man could wish for: money, success, standing and a family. There's only one thing that the 50 year old lacks - youth. In no time Theo begins to makes some changes in his life, buying a Harley Davidson and beginning an affair with a young bartender. He realizes too late that his actions have cost him the most important thing in his life - his family.
The family gets on well by suppressing the dark past, until Anna introduces her boyfriend Sid. Sid is a Jew, and his grandfather owned the Dorfmeister's house until his property was confiscated. Anna and Sid are made to feel the full force of Vera's dislike of Jews. Isolde finally breaks off with her parents. And Erich begins to question his relationship with his wife. For Vera, rethinking is not possible.
After three years of intensive therapy, the 37-year-old prison psychotherapist Michael Trenk is convinced that his patient Cornelia Steinweg is ready for the outside world. In spite of objections from his colleagues, he engineers Cornelia's early release from prison. While Michael has already turned his mind to new tasks, Cornelia keeps popping up at every turn. In the beginning he finds the attentions of his former patient flattering: However, he soon becomes annoyed when she begins demanding more and more attention. Michael recognises that he was wrong to recommend Cornelia's release. But now his professional career and the lives of his wife and child are at stake.
Oh Baby, a Baby!
This merry romance is about a lesbian couple, whose relations-hip is currently showing the signs of fatigue. So they decide that a baby could liven things up again. Complications ensue when the «semen donator» they have their eye on turns out to be an attractive young man who stirs up all sorts of trouble in the relationship. He is Antonio Lopez, a good looking half-Spaniard, a picture of a man. Iris talks him into agreeing to the artificial insemination. What Iris does not know, however, is that Antonio is an architect and also Sandra's new colleague at work. He has long since fallen in love with Iris's attractive partner and is courting her intensively. It ends the only way it can: Sandra has herself inseminated artificially, the flirt with Antonio results in unexpected passion and a hard test for the relationship between the two women.
Polt I - Polt Has to Cry
Polt is filled with a deep sense of unease when suddenly one day, the body of a villager is found in a wine cellar deep below one of the farm houses. He ponders over the mysterious death from fermentation gas of wine grower Albert Hahn. He knows how much the deceased was hated by the community. What looked like an accident could well have been a case of murder. Many of the winegrowers had enough reason to kill the monstrous Hahn. Simon Polt is assigned the thankless task of finding the murderer among them - a task that gets murderously hot for him.
2 Christmas Dogs
When their best friends get married, Max and Katrin wonder whether they themselves would be ready for such a step. At first, the prospects are bleak:
Max not only fails to live up to Katrin's parents' standards but is also constantly on the go to save money for his own restaurant - a surprise he has in store for Katrin on Christmas Eve. Offering nothing but paper-thin excuses, Max brings home, as a new partner to his dog Kurt, the sweet little dog Trixie, who Kurt completely falls for. But then Katrin finds out that Max meets Trixie's attractive owner on secret dates. When Katrin is offered a new job in London, she is about to put her career before her relationship.
For a happy ending to occur under the Christmas tree, help from a second Christmas dog is badly needed.
Love Is a Dream
Anna and Max are a dream couple on lay-away. It was love at first sight when they first met as students, but the relationship was doomed by incompatible expectations. Anna wants to be free, while Max is looking for his one true love. Anna loves chaos, but Max needs order. While their best friends Tillmann and Clarissa fall in love, get married, have kids and get divorced, Max and Anna, who never stopped loving each other, cross paths every couple of years. But the timing is never quite right. And then Max gets an invitation to Anna's wedding with Charles in Venice.
An invitation he decides to accept. Anna, however, has no idea that Max is planning to come ...
Bear on the Run!
A wild young bear places the west of Austria in fear and trepidation. It attacks sheep and goats, plunders beehives and comes dangerously close to hikers. The authorities give the order to shoot to kill but this is disobeyed by the local hunters who admire «Bruno's» slyness bringing various protagonists into play who could not be more different: the director of a zoo who is looking for a companion for his female bear, the animal rights campaigner who needs a new challenge and wants to save Bruno, a bear expert who wants to employ his US experience as a bear catcher, two Finnish bear hunters - complete with elk hounds - who cannot find their way in the mountainous terrain and a self-proclaimed Bavarian-Indian bear whisperer. Will Bruno escape the chaos of blow-pipes, traps, bear costumes, love stories and «Leningrad Cowboys»? An ironic comedy inspired by actual events.
Chief Inspector Moritz Eisner ends up in Tyrol again, but his visit to Commissioner Roxane Aschenwald is interrupted. Roxane is called away on a murder case. In the little mountain village of Oberleis the parish house keeper has been murdered. Was robbery the motive? It does not take long for police investigations to come up with a number of motives and possible culprits - even the village priest is under suspicion.
Polly Adler is working as a gossip columnist for «Confact»- magazine. Professional matters are definitely not the only turbulent area of her days, her private life also would most certainly provide for spicy articles: Polly's husband Max falls in love with another woman, while Max's divorce lawyer in turn loses his heart to Polly. Daughter Resi also discovers a passion: her new hair color. Sheer lunacy - Polly's everyday life. Besides all that, a seemingly everyday story that starts out as a simple press conference turns into a scandal of national proportions.
But Polly wouldn't be Polly if she wasn't to thrive while facing these challenges: Point One - The nation is saved. Point Two - Hair does grow again. Point Three - Men, oh well...
A delivery van is involved in an accident which leads to the death of two students. When the authorities begin to investigate the wreckage, they find the naked bodies of three more people, who have obviously been dead for some time. A postmortem reveals that they died of natural causes. But where were the bodies being transported to? In the course of his investigation, Eisner uncovers some rather dubious business dealings and a not altogether ethical research project ...
A Real Lady
Regina Steinberg, the obnoxious wife of a dentist, lives a pleasant life - thanks to her husband Julius, who works day and night to that end. Nora, Regina's friend, is nice, single and jobless. So Regina gets her a job as assistant to Julius, but not only out of kindness: she also wants her to keep a lose eye on her husband as she suspects him of having an affair. But things turn out differently as poor Julius, permanently neglected by his wife, alls in love with Nora who is so different from Regina. With this unexpected pleasure of a new love he decides to reinvent himself. The conscientious and emotional Nora, striving for a loyal attitude, tries hard to fight her feelings for clumsy Julius but in the end succumbs to his attraction. When Regina finds out that Nora is Julius' mistress, Nora personally experiences that Regina is no «real lady» at heart.
Nice to Have You
She even considers a surgical overhaul in order to also find a younger, more beautiful and better man herself. She meets Peter, who is as bored by his insurance job as he is by the young women he constantly twists around his little finger.
My Beautiful Daughter
The 17-year old Gilda has the mind of a child in a mature and very feminine body. She suffers from «frozen development», a condition due to a trauma following the death of her mother in an accident which Gilda has caused. Since then her father has strictly isolated the girl from the outside world. But things turn complicated, when Gilda falls in Love.
The People's Money
Two skin-divers find a decayed corpse, attached to the ground of Achensee with a concrete block. These developments get Inspector Moritz Eisner going. First findings indicate that the man, who had been killed at least 15 years ago, was once a scientist from Germany. He had fled his country taking with him a large sum of embezzled money that had actually belonged to STASI, the dreaded secret police. Eisners inquiries let resurface dreadful ghosts of the past.
Melanie and Anton Seeberg are happily married. He is a successful software developer on the verge of making it big, she is a happy housewife. Their 16-year-old daughter Stella is still in school, and their 19-year-old son Sebastian is studying law. The only blemish sullying the Seeberg family's peaceful life is «Grandma», Melanie's egomaniacal mother. When she suffers a stroke, the Seebergs decide, much to the relief of the beleaguered nursing staff, to care for her at home. Little do they know what daily trials and tribulations await when sharing a roof with this malicious old woman.
The Friend's Writing
She is deaf to the warnings of her colleague Jussuf, and sees Haugsdorffs loudly expressed concern about it as unjustified and driven by pure jealousy. Then suddenly Hikmet disappears.
Polt IV - Death at the Wine Harvest
One night, Polt is helping harvest the ice wine grapes at Karl Fürnkranz's vineyard, as he makes a shocking discovery in the isolated press house: the grape juice running out of the old wine press has a strange red color to it. Upon closer examination, Polt finds a dead body and decides to investigate on his own ...
The mishap starts its course early in the morning. The three "Holy Kings" sing their hastily learned song awkwardly and full of mistakes, while Marianne stays discreetly in the background. Many of the people they visit turn out to be ever poorer and more in need than the phony quartet itself. They even have to bring coal up from the cellar for one poor old woman, they have to change the mind of a drunken suicide candidate, and Marianne even runs to the nearest pharmacy for a women with chronic heart trouble. When she returns with the medicine, her children have disappeared. They were recognized by Philipp’s religion teacher and took flight. On her panicky search for the children Marianne runs into Mark, the suicide candidate, again. Meanwhile the police have taken up the chase as well, and even the social worker, Schwerkov (Marianne has a police record) – pitches in to help clear up the case. The chaos is perfect, and suddenly Marianne’s problems have more than multiplied. Only a Christmas miracle can help her now.
Stubborn Men 1
After 49 losses to Neuburg, a neighbouring town in Bavaria, Mayor Wurzer of Austrian Schärding gets carried away with himself: Schärding's football team will win their next match - its 50th - and he's willing to bet any money on it. Otto Mühldorfer, the president of Neuburg's football club and owner of the local beer brewery, does not hesitate to take up the challenge.
In spite of initial resistances and jealousies, Conny comes up with the perfect idea for achieving a symbiosis between the veteran and the teenie star. But alas, the plan encounters massive opposition from Larrys scheming former manager.
Leaves and Flowers
The family's well-off octogenarian Aunt Agathe has finally passed away, and everyone is eager to get their hands on her wealthy estate. But nobody knew that dear old auntie had a malicious streak. It seems that Aunt Agathe put the last of her energy into hatching a meticulous plan aimed at sowing the seeds of discord among her heirs.
Oh Christmas Palm
But this time everything is a bit different: Kathi and Jonas want to get married on Mauritius. Very romantic. Of course, without the family. However: the family gets wind of the affair and surprises the couple by appearing at the airport as well. Same flight, same hotel. The family is reunited unwittingly. However this time the gathering does not take place at home under the Christmas tree but under a palm tree in foreign fields. The reluctant family reunion and the tropical climate heat up the emotions…
After a party celebrating the winner of a violin competition, music teacher Karin Landauer finds herself involved in a quick adventure with the victor's brother. When she comes out of the bathroom she finds the young man's dead body. There's no hiding the affair from her husband, an internationally renowned violinist. But rather than deploring her adultery, he is far more disturbed by the fact that «Sleeping Beauty», the three-hundred-year-old Stradivari, has disappeared from the apartment.
Sometimes, Wolferl just leads the life of an ordinary 38year-old man. That of course is limited to his job as a bank clerk. After leaving the office though, Wolferl again and again turns into »Mamas Boy«. Not only does Maria cook and care for him, she also patronizes him to a certain extent. When Wolferl meets Eva and decides to marry her, Maria plays every trick in the book to boycott the wedding. The reception turns into a disaster. Eva and Wolferl get into an argument, and Wolferl's father even has his secret lover pick him up. When Maria breaks down completely drunk, the ever-loyal son Wolferl stays with her. Eva is disappointed, especially since she had wanted to break the good news of her pregnancy to Wolferl that day. Through his father, Wolferl later finds out about Eva's condition. Now is the time for him to start deciding on how to organize his new life.
Conny and the Missing Wife
As Conny's relationship with René is coming to an end, her «impossible tasks agency» also faces a crisis. But Conny won't let it get her down. She finally wins the contract for finding clock-maker Thomas Landsberg's wife, who has been missing without a trace for years. What starts out as a simple investigation soon develops into a full-fledged criminal case. Was it cover-up murder or large-scale insurance fraud? There is definitely a lot of money at stake - which Conny and René badly need at the moment.
A Heaven for Horses
Thomas Donnhofer's heaven for pets has turned into a therapeutic center for horses. Veterinarian Bettina Kern, who Thomas is madly in love with, energetically supports him with the project of his dreams. Life gets even better when Bettina finds out about her pregnancy. But fate takes a brutal turn when she suffers a miscarriage and subsequently falls into a deep psychological crisis. She starts doubting the sincerity of Thomas' affection towards her and leaves the farm in a heated argument. To make matters even worse, Donnhofer's future is endangered when a large hotel chain shows interest in buying the farm - under any circumstance.
Daniel Käfer and the Shadow Clock
Because of low professonial and financial future perspectives the journalist and former chief-editor Daniel Käfer has to finish his downtime in the Ausseerland. With a heavy heart he goes about taking serious steps for a professional restart in Munich, but his journey already ends in Hallstatt, where the fateful encounter with Gerd Gamsjäger - who could be seen as his younger alter ego - triggers dramatic events. Käfer's relationship to the beautiful sights and historical background of the Salzkammergut intensifies in an ominous way. Gerd tempts him spontaneously to some extraordinary activities like paragliding and an adventurous excursion in the famous glacial caves, where Käfer's levity and high spirits lead to an accident in which Gerd is seriously injured and almost dies. Stricken by guilt and under the spell of Gerd's mother who wants to use him for her own purposes, Käfer gets into further trouble. Based on a dubious treasure map, he takes naïve initiatives to start digging for a mummy in a salt mine, but the undertaking is suddenly hyped by an unscrupulous tourist-manager and ends up in a spectacular row. Too late Käfer has doubts about the authenticity of the document.
The Devil on the Mountain
Factory owner Klose has placed a bounty on the head of his wife's murderer and threatened to withdraw all his businesses from Austria unless the Interior Ministry shed light on the murder. At first, the task looks simple: Hochreiter, a German living in the Tyrolian village, has repeatedly confided to the villagers to be the murderer.
Death by Organ
Moritz Eisner has been sent to an international organ competition in Carinthia to provide police protection for the famous Bishop Hawranek, a jury member who has championed human rights in Brazil for years. The young organist Nikolaus Kutil starts the competition. But his brilliant performance ends in tragedy: an organ pipe falls from its anchorage, killing the young man. Was it murder or an act of sabotage?
On the Road to Santiago - Brothers III
Adrian is getting into a veritable existential crisis. He decides to set out for Santiago de Compostela on foot to come to terms with himself and sort things out. Against Adrian's will, not least for fears about his brother, Ludwig joins the pilgrimage.
Ernst, who first wouldn't even dream of joining, feels impelled to leave Vienna for some time in the wake of a scandal he has caused. Far from being a pious undertaking at first, the voyage repeatedly breaks up old conflicts between the brothers, who cannot let go of each other in spite of everything that has happened.
The Road to Istanbul
The bank has denied Nehoda any additional loans, and in order to finance the repairs to his truck he needs to make the transport, he smuggles a crate of explosives on board to sell later on. The explosive cargo is hidden among the art treasures in the container. One of the sponsors of the exhibition, Dr. Tahir from Turkey, tries to get hold of the Turkish treasures. Emmi Berger and Nehoda notice right away that they are being followed. The truck bumps along the roads, the explosives bump along with it. After a long and eventful drive, a confrontation with Dr. Tahir takes place in Istanbul.
Death at the Congress
Following the sudden death of a friend from her college days, forensic specialist Renata Lang questions its natural cause - especially in view of vague remarks made by the late scientist shortly before her death. Attending a highly explosive medical conference on male reproductive capacity, she had announced that many things were soon to change in her life. Disguised as a journalist, police detective Moritz Eisner conducts undercover investigations.
Paradise in the Mountains
Katja is the chief editor at a Leipzig newspaper. Her husband Erik is a successful lawyer. But their domestic harmony has been troubled for some time now. Their busy career schedules leave them little time to care for their son Christopher who, feeling neglected, has developed breathing problems. After a serious respiratory attack Katja realises that she must take Christopher to the mountains in Austria. When Erik shows up with news that he has been offered a job in Prague, intending to present his family with a fait accompli, a fight breaks out. Unnoticed by his parents, Christopher, who has heard every word of the argument, runs into the forest. A search party is formed to find him.
She can no longer suppress her longing for a happy family and her own children. And she invites herself - without Jonas - to her sister's Christmas celebration. A white Christmas in the bosom of a big family appears to be an alternative. But at her sister's house, brother-in-law Joe, the two mothers-in-law and grandmothers, and the two children provide spirited turbulence under the Christmas tree. A continuation of this production, "Oh Christmas Palm", is also available.
The Healer 1
She has not made use of her gift for a long time, especially in order to avoid compromising her husband Rudi, the local doctor of a small mountain village in Tyrol. Against her own determination and much to the dismay of Rudi, she decides to apply her special gift to helping a sick man for the first time in years, meeting with more than praise and recognition.
Stefanie Gschnitzer takes up her first case at the Innsbruck homicide squad: Richard Stecher, member of a notorious family of poachers, was found shot dead. Even at the scene of the crime, the policewoman has her doubts. A clean shot in the back of Stecher's head does not make the self-defence version convincing, and Richard Stecher would never have gone poaching on the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.
This Time For Sure
Max is an aspiring legal eagle, but now his world is on the brink of collapse, when Gabi, who runs a tavern in the Prater park, shows up at his engagement party and introduces herself as his real mother. Max is deeply shocked. Instead of taking over his father’s posh law offices, Max leaves to open his own practice far from his family’s luxury villa. He begins to find a new life, new friends and new love between the Prater tavern, ships on the Danube and the horse racetrack. But his influential father is not going to stand by and let Max go just like that. The situation explodes when the two meet as opponents in court and in life.
The Guardian of the Spring
The environmental activist Hermann Wegscheider, a thorn in the side of many in the village due to his bitter opposition to the commercialization of the mineral spring above St. Johann, is found dead by the 13-year-old Maria. The young girl does not believe his death was an accident and alerts the police. Barbara Trenkwalder, a police detective from Tyrol, and Moritz Eisner soon have to believe it was murder.
Felice - Heiress With a Heart
Felice Frank, a bookseller from Vienna, engages in a brief affair with Alexander Helsing. When Alexander suddenly disappears, Felice is left alone pregnant with her daughter Lilli, whom she raises on her own. To her utmost surprise ten years
later, she hears that Alexander has died in a car accident. The story takes a surprising turn when Helsing's last will is read ...
On his way to work, Inspector Moritz Eisner comes across a police investigation that grabs his attention. Eisner questions the presumable double- suicide of a married couple. He is convinced that the couples' neighbour is hiding something, but starts to feel an irresistible affection towards the woman. Step by step he finds out that the actual crime has yet to be committed. Privately, he faces trouble as well: his daughter Claudia has been admitted to intensive care following a drug overdose.
Death from Africa
Moritz Eisner's new case deals with the assassination of a black asylum seeker from Africa found struck dead near Frieda Jordan's inn, which had been converted into an asylum home. Accompanied by an African interpreter, Eisner takes up quarters in the asylum home in order to investigate on the very site of the crime. Quite unexpectedly, his daughter Claudia also appears in the scene, intending to spend vacations with him. Troubles and excitement ensue.
Dinner For Two
When your children grow up and begin to embark upon their adult lives, when your husband suddenly hits his mid-life crisis head-on and your bank account is in a state of emergency, its «Dinner for Two» to the rescue. For Steffi and Sophie, two housewives, starting their own exclusive catering business is a lifelong dream come true. But first everything seems to go wrong, until the two friends find themselves face to face with the problems they were trying to run away from in the first place.
Flamenco of Love
For the Werner familys respected but struggling construction company, theres a lot at stake in the Seville hotel project. In an attempt to ward off a takeover by investor Martin Boldt, young Lisa Werner flies to Seville herself to assume control of the site. There she meets the seductive flamenco dancer Ramón, the fiery leader of an ensemble whose female star is his girlfriend Isabel. As Ramón introduces Lisa to the hidden beauties and sensual vitality of the Spanish city, a romance tinged with the passion of the flamenco begins to unfold. Although Isabel herself has betrayed Ramón, she flies into a rage upon hearing about Lisa and causes an accident in which she loses her eyesight. As Ramón struggles with his conscience and his loyalty to Isabel, Lisa grows closer to the sensitive and understanding Martin. The dance, however, is far from over.
The happy-go-lucky Roman Kraus has paid a girl companion for the evening. While they change partners with the prominent couple Peter and Helene Pollak, Kraus 's wife, the well known pharmaceuticals researcher Eva Kraus-Lauterfeld, is murdered and a valuable scientific discovery is stolen. All of the evidence secured at the scene of the crime points to Roman Kraus as the murderer. The only thing that frees him of suspicion is an alibi for the night in question. But the couple involved denies everything because they are afraid of a scandal - Peter Pollak is a respected doctor and politician. Chief of Police Eisner believes Kraus is innocent anyway. But when his attempts to get the proof that is needed and to find the true murderer are hindered "from high places," Eisner looks for another path. He turns to drastic measures.
The Healer 2
Halfried's daughter Marion, a doctor like her father, tries to strike roots again in her homeland. She still suffers after the breakup from her husband Thomas, but now finds some relief in the arms of Christopher, a doctor from the area. Marion is insecure about a possible future for their affair. Only Laura knows for sure: Christoph is the wrong man for her mother! Laura does not hide her opinion on that matter, thereby causing the relationship to her mother to suffer. Laura has always had a rather weird personality, but lately she has been increasingly slipping into her own world, far away from the people around her. When Marion suddenly becomes seriously ill, grandmother, mother and granddaughter are being put to the test.
Slap in the Face
Friedrich's day starts out with a slap in his face. His wife Margarete insists he has been unfaithful to her, adding that she knew this from a dream. Unsurprisingly, he lacks concentration during his early-morning tennis game. He misses the ball, fails to return it properly and nearly provokes a traffic accident, causing a shock to the driver - Ferdinand, a high school teacher. Ferdinand is so upset that he vents his anger by making three students fail their exam. Oliver, one of the three unlucky fellows, has had it and decides to run away from home. Incidentally, Oliver is the son of Friedrich and Margarete, whose slap in the face has triggered a whole series of fateful events that eventually make things come to a head...
An Austrian bank creates a big sensation with an exhibition of water colors by the famous Austrian painter Egon Schiele. Even before the opening, the pictures attract the interest of an American, Ester von Steinhof, who arrives in Vienna for the purpose of clarifying her claim as heir of two of the pictures. The scandal over the pictures grows when the valuable paintings are stolen, one night watchman is killed and a second seriously injured.