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ZDF Enterprises co-producer and global distributor for new factual series 'Crime Scene Antiquity'

Mainz, November, 9th, 2020

ZDF Enterprises, along with ZDFinfo, are the co-producers of a new 5-part criminal forensic series, Crime Scene Antiquity. Produced by taglicht media, this unique series investigates unsolved crimes of the distant past, dating back hundreds and even thousands of years.

Ralf Rueckauer, Vice-President ZDFE.unscripted, said: “The combination of crime and ancient history makes for a fascinating subject. By using top experts, elaborate re-enactments and high-quality computer animations, Crime Scene Antiquity will take viewers back in time and give them an incredible insight into some of history’s most notorious cases.”

Cutting-edge forensic techniques, elaborate CGI and experimental archaeology are combined to shed new light on ancient crimes, some of which took place amongst our earliest ancestors. Under the spotlight in Crime Scene Antiquity (5x50’) are high-profile, real-life criminal cases: from murders to assassinations, high treason, terrorism and even suspected cannibalism to lesser-known killings that are compelling for other reasons.

The documentary series was developed in close cooperation with a team of internationally renowned profilers, weapons experts, ballistics specialists, anthropologists, human geneticists and historians. The experts helping to identify the perpetrators include Salima Ikram, a Distinguished University Professor of Egyptology at The American University in Cairo who has directed numerous major archaeology projects, and Mike Loades, a Historical Weapons Specialist and Military Historian, author and director and writer for historical documentaries. They are joined by, amongst others, Professor Bettany Hughes, an Oxford University Scholar and award-winning historian, author and broadcaster who specialises in ancient and mediaeval history and culture.

Investigations in the first episode cover the mysterious mass death of children in ancient Athens, the Great Fire of Rome and the fanatical destruction of temples in ancient Egypt. The 2nd episode looks at the conspiracy against Ramses III, the murder of a Celtic druid and the dark secret of Neolithic family tombs.

Further episodes include investigations into a sinister massacre in Sweden, a brutal execution in Eisenberg and the mysterious early death of Tutankhamum as well as the crucifixion of Jesus. The series concludes by delving into a prehistoric murder case and a conspiracy at the Macedonian royal court as well as an assassination attempt that made world history.


About ZDF Enterprises
ZDF Enterprises was founded in 1993 as a commercial subsidiary of ZDF, one of the largest and most renowned TV broadcasters in Europe. Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the worldwide sale of programs, the making of international coproductions, the acquisition of licenses as well as the merchandising of strong program brands in its own name, for the ZDF, and for third parties. ZDF Enterprises has successfully established itself as an independent market player on the German and international stage. Bound into a strong group, the company manages the largest German-language stock of programs in the world and, next to this, a continuously growing portfolio of international productions consisting of series and miniseries, TV movies, documentaries and children’s programs. In the course of the development and diversification process carried out up to now, many business fields in the television and media domains were made accessible in the ZDF Enterprises group. Thus ZDF Enterprises can provide a comprehensive, full-service offering today, and covers every step in the chain of origin and exploitation of successful TV programs, from development to production and up to the marketing of TV licenses, merchandising rights, online rights and much more.

Contact ZDF Enterprises
Christine Denilauler (Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1, D-55127 Mainz/Germany, Tel.: +49 6131-9911130, Fax: +49 6131-9912130, e-mail:


Christine Denilauler

Christine Denilauler

Vice President Marketing and Corporate Communications

+49 (0) 6131 / 991–1130
+49 (0) 6131 / 991–2130
ZDF Enterprises GmbH
Erich-Dombrowski-Str. 1
55127 Mainz | Germany


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