German crime comedy Homicide Hills (Beta Films) brings a big city detective to lead a tiny police force in the most rural of towns. Sophie Haas (Caroline Peters, Tatort) is “promoted” out of her role as detective in Cologne and moves to a backwoods tumbleweed of a town with her father in tow. The fictional rural outpost of Hengasch in the Eifel mountains is not exactly teeming with open cases. The police department’s two officers – Sergeant Dietmar Schäffer (Bjarne Mädel, Crime Scene Cleaner) and Officer Barbel Schmied (Meike Droste) are more caretakers than overworked sleuths.
Haas’ disappointment in the lack of murders and open cases gives her plenty of time to pursue every small lead, dragging her small police department and sometimes the whole town along with her to conclusion. Crimes and murders eventually do happen and that is where Detective Haas is at her happiest. Sergeant Schäffer and Officer Schmied also seem happier when they can do some real police work – even if Haas has to show them how.
The conflicts between Haas’ big city ways and Hengasch’s sleepy demeanor are not limited to those employed as police. Dietmar Schäffer’s wife Heike (Petra Kleinert) wears her jealousy on her gossipy sleeve and clearly rules the roost at home. Haas’ predecessor, Hans Zielonka (Michael Hanemann), is still kicking around wishing he were still in charge. Haas has no time for such nonsense because there has to be a juicy case around Hengasch somewhere.
During Homicide Hills‘ original run, Caroline Peters won three Best Actress awards for her role as Sophie Haas (Two Bavarian TV Awards and one German Screen Actors Award).
This April, Season 2 of Agent Hamilton (Sweden, Beta Films), brings Jakob Oftebro back to MHz Choice as superspy Carl Hamilton after a two-year hiatus. This season includes four multi-episode storylines, each taking Hamilton undercover to different parts of Europe: a top-secret NATO operation gone wrong in the French Mediterranean, a suspicious cargo in northern Sweden, a rescue mission in Belarus and an assignment to protect an intelligence asset in Warsaw. Agent Hamilton is inspired by the bestselling spy thriller novels by Jan Guillou.
Also premiering this April is season one of Maigret (Kino Lorber), which first debuted in the United Kingdom in 1959. This BBC television production is the definitive adaptation of Georges Simenon’s world famous novels and stars Rupert Davies in a BAFTA-winning portrayal of the dogged French detective. For superfans of the franchise, all seasons of the French version of Maigret are already streaming on MHz Choice.
Also returning in April is Season 3 of Italian crime dramedy Imma Tataranni (Rai Com) starring Vanessa Scalera, bringing fresh cases to beautiful Matera, Italy. Inspector Rex (Austria, Beta Films) also continues with new cases for Rex to sniff out in Season 4.
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