You stirred up the Dortmund underworld as TV commissioner “Balko”. Did you ever secretly play against the script and let a criminal go free? Yes, a woman. She had stabbed her husband in the fight. At the end of the episode, I was supposed to arrest her with my colleague Krapp, played by Ludger Pistor. But I didn’t think that was right, because the guy had abused her for years. Ludger felt the same way. Instead of taking her to the station in the car, we just left her and drove away on our own. Luckily the director was asleep and didn’t notice anything.

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