Widespread disease
Four-part documentary series

One and a half million people in Germany have cancer. Three hundred thousand people suffer a heart attack every year. In twenty years' time two and a half million Germans will be suffering from dementia. Eight million currently have diabetes. Germany is a nation of sick people. In fact, the German health system costs an incredible 263 billion euros a year, which is a tenth of Germany's DGP. And rising. Germany has the world's highest density of doctors and more hospitals per inhabitant than any-where else. Germans spend more on their health than on their cars. The major widespread diseases are of concern to us all – either because we hope we won't fall victim to them or because we want to be cured of them as quickly as possible; because we're afraid we won't be able to afford the treatment or because we're fighting our way through the confusion of contradictory information. These diseases stand for a life of hope or despair, for years of struggling to survive and the longing for a healthy life. The major widespread diseases are the most important topic for millions of Germans. This series is for them.
Four-part documentary series commissioned by WDR for ARD

Written & directed by Meike Hemschemeier // Science research: Volker Stollorz // Camera: Michael Kern // Sound: Armin Siegwarth, Daniel Hallmann //Film editor: Marc Schubert // Music: Thomas Wolter

Alzheimer's Disease
Written & directed by Thomas Liesen and Volker Stollorz // Camera: Steffen Bohn // Sound: Dennis Broer // Film editor: Jan Wilm Schmülling // Music: Oliver Keidel

Heart attack
Written & directed by Claudia Ruby // Camera: Thomas Kutschker // Sound: André Pfennig // Film editor: Isabelle Albert // Music: Oliver Keidel

Written & directed by Lars Westermann // Camera: Steffen Bohn, Harald Cremer // Sound: Dennis Broer // Film editor: Jan Wilm Schmülling // Music: Stefan Döring

All parts
Audio engineer: Maximilian Dederichs // Sound editor: Florian Ebrecht // Graphic editor: Bernd Balling / Speaker: Philipp Schepmann // Production assistant: Katja Sträter // Production management: Oliver Gontram // Executive producer: Thomas Weidenbach // Commissioning editor: Ulrike Schweitzer (WDR)// Produced by LÄNGENGRAD Filmproduktion

Running time: 4 x 45min

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Operieren und kassieren - Ein Klinik-Daten-Krimi

27.06.2017 | 19:15 | tagesschau24

Radland NRW

30.06.2017 | 20:15 | WDR

Operieren und kassieren - Ein Klinik-Daten-Krimi

01.07.2017 | 09:15 | tagesschau24

Radland NRW

01.07.2017 | 13:00 | WDR

Dschungel unter Wasser - Das geheimnisvolle Leben im Baggersee

01.07.2017 | 13:15 | MDR

Vergessene Wracks - Schwarze Tränen der Meere

01.07.2017 | 22:00 | arte