Crime scene: Deep case

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Episode of the series Tatort
Original title Deep Case
Country of production Germany
Original language German
Length 88 minutes
Classification Episode 601 (List)
First broadcast 12. June 2005 on Das Erste
Directed by Thomas Freundner
Script Pim Richter
Production Jan Kruse
Music J.J. Gerndt
Camera Philippe Cordey
Edited by Margrit Schulz
  • Peter Sodann: KHK Bruno Ehrlicher
  • Bernd Michael Lade: KHK Kain
  • Deborah Kaufmann: Irene Beck
  • Martin Feifel: Holger Beck
  • Janina Hartwig: Monika Siebert
  • Rüdiger Joswig: Günter Siebert
  • Henning Peker: Dieter Fink
  • Torsten Ranft: Rolf Löschner
  • Annekathrin Bürger: Frederike
  • Walter Nickel: Walter, forensic scientist
  • Sabine Urig: Heidrun Löschner
  • Lutz Blochberger: Hans Raven
  • Alban Mondschein: Tommy Beck
  • Diana Urbank:
  • Hannelore Schubert:
  • Vincent Göhre: Neighbour Boy

Tiefer Fall is a television film from the crime series Tatort by ARD, ORF and SRF. The film was produced by MDR and first broadcast on 12 June 2005. It is the Tatort episode 601. For the chief detective Bruno Ehrlicher (Peter Sodann) and his colleague Kain (Bernd Michael Lade) it is the 17th case in which they investigate in Leipzig.


Eight-year-old Tommy Beck is found dead in a wooded area. Ehrlicher and Kain initially suspect sexual abuse, but this is later not confirmed. The place where the body was found is also not the scene of the crime, and the forensic pathologist finds a conspicuous amount of mineral dust.

For Tommy’s mother, who is expecting her second child, a world collapses. His father, Holger Beck, is also deeply affected by the death of his boy. He works as a blaster in a regional quarry that has just run into financial difficulties. Tommy often played nearby, and according to a neighbor boy, he had a “treasure cave.” Thus, it stands to reason that the child was killed in the quarry. Ehrlicher takes a closer look there and when Holger Beck learns that Tommy apparently came to his death here, he is convinced that his colleague and brother-in-law Dieter Fink is the murderer. He had often spent time with Tommy and was fond of his nephew. He vehemently denies having killed him. Ehrlicher therefore also considers an accident to be possible.

A tip-off alerts them to the possibility of clandestine blasting in a restricted sector of the quarry, because that’s where the best stone is. For safety reasons, however, all mining has been prohibited there. If there was indeed blasting, it could only have been Beck. And if his boy was secretly playing nearby, the dust-filled air could have suffocated Tommy. If the child had been found there, the unauthorized blasting would have become known, very likely leading to the quarry’s closure and the loss of all jobs. That’s why the body was dumped somewhere else. But for Ehrlicher, this explanation sounds too simple.

And obviously it didn’t happen that way, because the next day the body of Holger Beck is found. It should look like suicide, but after the forensic examination that can be ruled out. Someone pushed Beck into the abyss of the quarry. As it turns out, Beck had gotten into an argument with Siebert, the managing director, that evening and he pushed him out the window of his office, trying to disguise it as a suicide. Beck had figured out that he wanted to deceive him and his colleagues beyond measure. He had only faked them a lucrative assignment, for which he had a loan of millions in prospect. To keep this a secret, he had secretly dumped the supposedly sold split in the neighborhood at night, accidentally spilling it on Tommy, who was playing. When Beck’s colleagues find out, they’re about to drive their supposedly loyal boss to his death. Ehrlicher, however, is able to stop them and arrests Siebert.


Viewing figures

When it was first broadcast on 12 June 2005, the episode Tiefer Fall was seen by 7.80 million viewers in Germany, which corresponded to a market share of 22.60 percent.[1]


The critics of the TV magazine TV Spielfilm gave this crime scene the highest possible rating, writing, “Haunting working-class and family drama with a weak showdown.” Their overall conclusion was: “Social drama, mostly good”.[2]

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Individual references

  1. Viewing figures at, retrieved 14 March 2015.
  2. Short review at, retrieved 14 March 2015.