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Aktenzeichen XY … ungelöst is a German television programme broadcast since October 1967 on ZDF that aims to combat and solve crimes. Until 2003 it was produced in co-operation with the Austrian public service broadcaster ORF and Schweizer Fernsehen, a division of the Swiss public broadcaster SRG SSR idée suisse. It was the basis for the BBC show Crimewatch, the Dutch show Opsporing Verzocht and its US equivalent America's Most Wanted.

The goal of the programme is to throw light on unsolved offences with the aid of viewers. Each episode contains three to five short films, each lasting about ten minutes, in which a real criminal case is reconstructed. The cases are mostly complex ones in which the criminals and chains of events are still unknown. In addition cases are discussed in the studio in which, for example, the identities of criminals or unknown murder victims are sought with the aid of a photo. Viewers can use the telephone or Internet to give information. According to a study by the programme's editorial department, about forty percent of cases shown on the programme are solved.

Series Cast

  1. Eduard Zimmermann


    303 Episodes

  2. Rudi Cerne


    216 Episodes

  3. Sabine Zimmermann


    38 Episodes

  4. Christiane Blumhoff

    Christiane Blumhoff

    15 Episodes

  5. Klaus Münster

    Klaus Münster

    Falscher Polizist, Kriminalbeamter,

    14 Episodes

  6. Hermann Giefer

    11 Episodes

  7. Markus Böker

    Markus Böker

    10 Episodes

  8. Egon Biscan

    8 Episodes

  9. Gerhard Acktun

    8 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 3

2002 | 216 Episodes

Season 3 of Aktenzeichen XY … ungelöst premiered on January 18, 2002.

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Aktenzeichen XY … ungelöst
Aktenzeichen XY … ungelöst


Status Returning Series


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Type Reality

Original Language German


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