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Cross-border success story: MURDER BY THE LAKE scores high ratings in France


Aug 25 2019

Munich, 25 August 2019. After jumping from one German ratings success to the other, Beta’s hit cycle Murder by the Lake (11 x 2 hours) also convinces French audiences. France 3 takes home a huge win for the thrilling movie cyclewith impressive ratings of up to 17 % market share and over three million viewers for each of the four installments broadcast throughout August. Before its major success in France, Murder by the Lake has already been breaking records constantly on German public broadcaster ZDF. In Germany, the cycle has achieved numerous prime-time wins with over eight million viewers and sweeping market shares of up to 23 % with exceptional ratings in the younger target group. Two new installments of the cycle are currently in post-production. Beta has sold Murder by the Lake to 60 territories, among them to Italy’s RAI, the US-platform MHZ as well as to Spain, Benelux and throughout Asia and Latin America.  

Directed by Hannu Salonen (“Shades of Guilt”, “Empire Oktoberfest”) and starring Matthias Koeberlin (“Jesus Video”) and Nora von Waldstaetten (“Famous Five”), the movie cycle was produced by Rowboat Film- und Fernsehproduktion in co-production with Graf Filmproduktion, ZDF and ORF. Murder by the Lake follows a team of detectives working at Lake Constance. With three nations

– Germany, Switzerland and Austria – adjacent to the waters, the lake allows crimes to travel across borders and pushes the respective national police to join forces despite very different mentalities.