Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei
Unterstützt werden die beiden Cops vom Stammteam der Autobahnpolizei: Der Chefin Anna Engelhardt (Charlotte Schwab), der Sekretärin Andrea Schäfer (Carina Wiese) sowie den Autobahnpolizisten Horst (Hotte) Herzberger (Dietmar Huhn) und Dieter Bonrath (Gottfried Vollmer).
Zehn Jahre «Alarm für Cobra 11» auf RTL
Die RTL-Actionserie «Alarm für Cobra 11» wird zehn Jahre alt. Im März 1996 nahmen die rasanten Ermittler für den Kölner Privatsender ihren Dienst auf, und an diesem Donnerstag (20.15 Uhr) gehen die Autobahnkommissare Tom Kranich (René Steinke) und Semir Gerkhan (Erdogan Atalay) in sieben neuen Folgen auf Verbrecherjagd. Die Serie läuft mittlerweile in 40 Ländern.
In 1995 the shootings for the first season of Cobra 11 started. The first season consists of a pilot and eight episodes. This season was produced by the production-company Polyphon. The action-scenes were made by Action Concept. On the 12th of March 1996 the pilot was broadcasted by the German tv-station RTL Television. The other episodes of the first season were broadcasted after the pilot. The number of viewers of this first season were sensational high: the pilot had approx. 10 million viewers and the episodes had an average of 7,2 million viewers.
Because of this great succes RTL ordered 22 new episodes from Polyphon. In the autumn of 1996 the shootings for this second season started. A year later in the autumn of 1997 these shootings were finished. These 22 episodes are broadcasted spread over three sub-seasons. The first six episodes were broadcasted in the spring of 1997 by RTL Television. In the autumn of that year again six episodes were broadcasted on German television. The last 10 episodes were broadcasted in the spring of 1998 by the German RTL.
The number of viewers were still good and RTL Television ordered 16 new episodes. This third season was in contradistinction to the first two seasons not produced by Polyphon, but by Action Concept. Action Concept was in the first four seasons already responsible for the action-scenes of Cobra 11. Because Action Concept now took care of the production of all scenes, the locations of the shootings of Cobra 11 changed also. Season one and two were filmed near Berlin and Brandenburg. From the third season the episodes are recorderd in Nord-Rhein Westfalen. This area lies in the west of Germany near Cologne and Düsseldorf. There the shootings for the 16 new episodes started in febraury 1998 and these shootings were finished in february 1999. In the first few weeks of 1999 two episodes were filmed at the vacation-island Mallorca to avoid the cold weatherconditions in Germany. The death of André was also filmed at Mallorca. The 16 episodes were broadcasted in two sub-seasons. Eight episodes were broadcasted in the autumn of 1998 and the other eight episodes in the spring of 1999. In the last episode of the sixth season André dies tragically.
Due to the continual high number of viewers RTL Television ordered new episodes. The shootings for the fourth season took place from the spring of 1999 until the winter of 2000. Also this time Action Concept was responsible for the production. There were 15 new episodes made which are preceded by a tv-movie. In the movie René Steinke makes his first appearance as Tom Kranich. The movie was broadcasted in Germany on the 16th of december 1999. Next ten episodes were broadcasted in the first three months of 2000. The other five episodes were broadcasted in november and december of 2000 by RTL Television.7
In the spring of 2000 the shootings for 16 new episodes have begun. Also these episodes will be preceded by a tv-movie (together the fifth season). This movie and five episodes were broadcasted in the spring of 2001 by the German television. Six episode of this fifth season were broadcasted for the first time on German tv in november/december 2001. The other five episodes were broadcasted in March and April of 2002 on German television.
In March 2002 the last shootings for the sixth season of Cobra 11 took place. This season again consists of a tv-movie and 16 episodes. The first three episodes of this season were broadcasted in the spring of 2002 on the German RTL. The tv-movie and eight episodes were broadcasted in the autumn of 2002. The remaining five episodes have been broadcasted on German tv in the spring of 2003. In the last episode of this season René Steinke leaves Cobra 11.
In April 2002 the shootings for the seventh season have started. This season consists of a tv-movie and 12 epsiodes. In the tv-movie actor Christian Oliver makes his first appearance as the Cobra 11 detective Jan Richter. The tv-movie “Feuertaufe” and eight episodes (among which the 100th episode) were broadcasted on German television in the autumn of 2003. The remaining four episodes of the seventh season will be broadcasted in Germany in the spring of 2004.
In February 2004 the shootings for the eighth season of Cobra 11 were ended. This season also starts with a tv-movie. In “Für immer und ewig” Semir and Andrea will marry eachother. Beside this tv-movie the eighth season consists of 14 episodes. Five episodes were broadcasted on German television in the spring of 2004. The tv-movie and the remaining 9 episodes were aired in the autumn of 2004 on the German RTL. The last episode of this season is also the last episode in which Christian Oliver plays in Cobra 11.
In March of 2004 the shootings for the 9th season started which begins with the return of René Steinke. In the spring of 2005 eight of the in total 18 episodes were broadcasted on German television. Five episodes were broadcasted in the autumn of 2005 on RTL Television. The remaining 5 episodes will be broadcasted in the spring of 2006. Currently the shootings for the 10th season take place. RTL Television has already given Action Concept the order to produce an 11th season of Cobra 11. The shootings for this season will start in the spring of 2006.
As said “Alarm für Cobra 11″ is broadcasted in Germany by RTL Television. But also outside Germany you can see “Alarm für Cobra 11″. For example, in Austria ORF started in july 1996 broadcasting Cobra 11, in february 1998 RTL 7 started broadcasting Cobra 11 in Poland. But also in Switzerland, Holland, Hungary, Spain, Italy, France, Czech, Slovakia and Mexico “Cobra 11″ is broadcasted.