Illustrated portrait of a woman with a hat and the title Moabit
ARD Radio Play Days 2018
Fri, November 09, 2018 9 pm CET

Live radio play based on the story by Volker Kutscher

Charlotte Ritter is the female main character in the crime series by Volker Kutscher around Commissioner Gereon Rath. The attractive and self-confident Charly is the great love of the commissioner. At the beginning of the crime series (»The Wet Fish«) she works for the Berlin murder commissioner as a stenotypist, but she wants more and also studies law. In »Moabit« her story is told when she is still called Lotte and lives with her parents in an official flat near the prison Moabit. Her father works there as a supervisor. Lotte has just graduated from high school, even though she comes from simple backgrounds. Together with her friend Greta, she discovers Berlin's nightlife and secretly roams the trendy dance halls. During the day she learns to use a typewriter in order to finance her studies herself. One day her father becomes the victim of a brutal crime. An incident that shapes Charlotte's further life and ultimately turns Lotte into Charly.      

Volker Kutscher, born 1962, lives as a freelance author in Cologne and Berlin. He achieved a sensational success with his crime series around Commissioner Gereon Rath in Berlin in the late 20s and early 30s. Each of the six volumes was on the bestseller lists for weeks. The seventh volume will be published this autumn. The first part of the Gereon Rath novels (»The Wet Fish«, 2007) was lavishly filmed for television by Tom Tykwer as »Babylon Berlin« with a prominent cast, among others, and received the Grimme Prize in 2018.


Radio Play adaptation: Thomas Böhm

With: Marleen Lohse as Charly Knight, Robert Galinowski as Chief Supervisor Knight, Thomas Anzenhofer as Marlow, Herbert Schäfer as Commissioner Böhm and others.

Music: Verena Guido
Director: Thomas Leutzbach
Production: RB/WDR/SWR 2018
Book edition: Kiepenheuer & Witsch 2017

Accompanying program