Maria Furtwaengler, left, and Alex Milberg pose for photographers during a presentation to the press of the 1000th episode of the German television crime drama "Tatort" in Hamburg, October 04. AFP / John MacDougall
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Cult crime show "Tatort" may be almost unknown outside Germany but the popular and realistic police series is about to celebrate its 1,000th episode. The program has kept millions of German viewers engrossed since 1970 with families breaking off from dinner at 8:15 p.m. every Sunday and meeting friends at the pub to catch the latest episode of Germany's most popular detective show.At a time when Netflix and Amazon Prime are eroding the business of traditional television broadcasters, viewership for "Tatort" (Crime Scene) peaked at 13.7 million last November. Some 50 million Germans say they watch at least one episode a year, making it as much of a German TV staple as Bundesliga football matches.Witte himself had first expected the series to run over two years – but 46 years later, it is as popular as ever.
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