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Die Patriarchin 

Nina Vandenberg is married to a coffee entrepreneur and a frustrated housewife. While the whole family celebrates her husband Gero's birthday in Switzerland, she sits lonley and drunken in ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Iris Berben ...  Nina Vandenberg 3 episodes, 2005
Ulrich Noethen ...  Bent Peerson 3 episodes, 2005
Sophie Rois ...  Tanja Sevening 3 episodes, 2005
Christoph Waltz ...  Wolf Sevening 3 episodes, 2005
Ina Weisse Ina Weisse ...  Corinna Vandenberg 3 episodes, 2005
Jürgen Tarrach ...  Jens Thiede 3 episodes, 2005
Felix Eitner Felix Eitner ...  Kai Vandenberg 3 episodes, 2005
Steffen Wink ...  Steffen Vandenberg 3 episodes, 2005
Nadja Bobyleva ...  Finja Vandenberg 3 episodes, 2005
Adrian Topol ...  Nils Vandenberg 3 episodes, 2005
Lisa Kreuzer ...  Ilka Vandenberg 3 episodes, 2005
Julia Stinshoff ...  Sanna Vandenberg 3 episodes, 2005
Hans Diehl Hans Diehl ...  Robert Bruckner 3 episodes, 2005
Alexander Kerst ...  Gorm Vandenberg 3 episodes, 2005
Ulrich von Dobschütz Ulrich von Dobschütz ...  Staatsanwalt Reuter 3 episodes, 2005
Friedrich Karl Praetorius Friedrich Karl Praetorius ...  Anwalt Bronner 3 episodes, 2005
Debora Weigert Debora Weigert ...  Frau Claasen 3 episodes, 2005
Victor Rola Victor Rola 3 episodes, 2005
Michael König Michael König ...  Gero Vandenberg 3 episodes, 2005
Jeroen Willems ...  Henry Theegarten 2 episodes, 2005
Oscar Ortega Sánchez Oscar Ortega Sánchez ...  Hernan Rodriguez 2 episodes, 2005
Horst Kotterba Horst Kotterba ...  Friedrich Farell 2 episodes, 2005
Tobias Schenke Tobias Schenke ...  Frank Tischler 2 episodes, 2005
Bernd Jeschek ...  Vorstandsmitglied 2 episodes, 2005
Rut Rex Rut Rex ...  Freia Vandenberg 2 episodes, 2005
Heidi Baratta Heidi Baratta ...  Haushälterin bei Vandenberg 2 episodes, 2005
Nikola Kastner Nikola Kastner ...  Nils' Freundin 2 episodes, 2005
Matthias Unger Matthias Unger ...  Anwalt 2 episodes, 2005
Eddi Arriere Eddi Arriere 2 episodes, 2005
Cloe Mitchell Cloe Mitchell 2 episodes, 2005
Emily Gratton Emily Gratton 2 episodes, 2005
Miguel Herz-Kestranek ...  Arno Onyango geb. Vandenberg 1 episode, 2005
Dietrich Mattausch Dietrich Mattausch ...  Joost Hasselbrook 1 episode, 2005
Mumbi Kaigwa Mumbi Kaigwa ...  Charity Onyango 1 episode, 2005
Wambui Murima Wambui Murima ...  Lugana Kipkemboi 2 episodes, 2005


Nina Vandenberg is married to a coffee entrepreneur and a frustrated housewife. While the whole family celebrates her husband Gero's birthday in Switzerland, she sits lonley and drunken in their mansion in Hamburg and burns down the living-room. After she is released from hospital, Gero dies in a plane crash. His legacy reveals some very bad news for Nina: illegal money was found in the wreck, the company is nearly bankrupt and she is accused of tax fraud now. While Nina learns that her whole life has been a lie, the company's intriguing vice CEO Wolf Sevening tries to take control. Although some members of her own family also fight against her, Nina starts to search vanished money -40 million euros- which could save the enterprise and her life. Three men are her allies: Bent Peerson, her husband's former business partner, Jens Thiede, official in charge of the tax office, and Gero's older brother Arno who emigrated to Kenya many years ago. As the family owns a big plantation there, ... Written by fippi2000

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3 January 2005 (Germany) See more »

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