Start of Principal Photography of successful ZDF/ORF crime series „Murder By The Lake 6 & 7“

(Cologne / Klagenfurt / Lake Constance) The murders at Lake Constance continue! Parallel to the smash success of “Murder By The Lake” Part 4 “Till Death Do Them Part” on May 1, with 8 million viewers, principal photography of MBL Part 6 (“The Return”) & 7 (“Hops and Malt”) started in Bregenz, Lindau and surroundings. The popular crime series with Nora Waldstätten and Matthias Koeberlin as German-Austrian team of detectives supported by Hary Prinz, Inez Bjørg David, and joined by guest stars Stefanie Stappenbeck, August Schmölzer, Alexander Ströbele, Markus Brandl, Gregor Bloéb, Alexander Khuon. Both episodes are once again directed by crime specialist Hannu Salonen, the scripts were written by renowned writer Timo Berndt. Production will continue until June 27th. Broadcasts in ZDF and ORF are planned for 2018.

Executive Producer Sam Davis, Rowboat: “In the course of the last years, we have been able to establish a very successful brand with „Murder By The Lake“, which not only won the German, but also the Austrian audience. There is nothing more satisfying than being accepted by two so different markets in such a positive way.“

Murder By The Lake – 6 „The Return“ (WT) with Stefanie Stappenbeck, August Schmölzer, Peter Kremer a.a.

Johannes Leitner (Christian Kuchenbuch) dies by a shot in the head on the isolated gallows island. The bullet, though, had been fired from Hannah Zeiler’s (Nora Waldstätten) gun, who is found unconscious besides the dead body. Outside of her working hours she followed the victim, whom she suspected to know something about her father’s destiny, to this place and was brutally knocked out. While Oberländer (Matthias Koeberlin) presumes murder, Hannah’s former mentor Ernst Gschwendner (August Schmölzer) thinks a suicide would be more likely. In the course of the investigation a shocking assumption arises: Can it be, that Hannah Zeiler’s father is still alive? The relationship between the two detectives is put at a tough test in their sixth case and in the end Oberländer will have to make a momentous decision that will change Hannah’s life forever.

Murder By The Lake – 7 „Hop and Malt“ (WT) with Markus Brandl, Gregor Bloéb, Verena Altenberger a.a.

The dead body of a woman is found in a hops field – presented by the perpetrator hanging in a spider web on a seven meter high scaffold. It is not the first case of this kind: apparently Jutta Reike is the fourth victim of a serial killer. Micha Oberländer (Matthias Koeberlin) and Hannah Zeiler (Nora Waldstätten) find out that the victim doesn’t correspond physically to the pattern of the other homicides. Is this the crime of a copycat?

When a swimmer is run over brutally by a motorboat on the lake, a surprise is awaiting Zeiler and Oberländer: they find evidence in the car of the victim Dietrich Falkner (Peter Strauß), that he might be the sought-after serial killer. During a house search trophies of the four victims are found. Everything seems to fit, until Zeiler and Oberländer find out that the trophies of the fourth victim are false. Now it is obvious: there must be a second murderer, who not only killed Dietrich Falkner.

„Murder By The Lake“ is a coproduction of Rowboat Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH (Executive Producer: Sam Davis) and Graf Filmproduktion GmbH (Executive Producer: Klaus Graf), ZDF and ORF. The project is funded by RTR / Fernsehfonds Austria and Land Vorarlberg. Commissioning editors are Daniel Blum at ZDF and Sabine Weber at ORF.

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