Jürgen Roland, born Jürgen Schellack (25 December 1925 – 21 September 2007) was a German film director. Roland was described as the “father of German TV crime shows”. He directed about 80 TV productions and 30 movies.
Roland was born on 25 December 1925 in Hamburg as Jürgen Schellack. He started his career as a radio host for the North western German Radio Station (NWDR) in 1945, and was one of the first presenters for the TV station of the NWDR in 1951. Norddeutscher Rundfunk Station Manager Jobst Plog said, that “[…] belonged to the ranks of young radio reporter, who contributed after the war to the legendary reputation of the then NWDR.” Roland’s first TV series Der Polizeibericht meldet … (lit. the police reports …) was a detailed description of real crimes, filmed accurate and faithful.
The TV series Stahlnetz (lit. steel net, Dragnet) caused Roland’s fame. For the 1958s crime series, Roland worked with screenwriter Wolfgang Menge. The cases were based on real crimes… read more