SRF series “Tschugger” starts its second season


This mini-series has been one of the rare SRF surprises of the past year. The second season also promises plenty of entertainment – but initially only on the Sky pay-per-view channel.

The characters grow on you, not least Baks (David Konstantinas), a poor researcher with a penchant for kitchen psychology.

The characters grow on you, not least Baks (David Konstantinas), a poor researcher with a penchant for kitchen psychology.

Dominic Steinmann / SRF

A year ago, like the rain is expected, the dialect comedy bursting with ideas swept the rather arid landscape of Swiss-German TV series: “Tschugger” poked fun at several Swiss peculiarities on a wild trip through the Valais, namely the very special people of the mountain canton.

Now the sequel is here. The first two of the five half-hour episodes were previewed to the press, and let’s say that if you found the first season funny, you should enjoy this second one, too. Although the charm of the new is threatened by minor signs of wear and tear, the format still works perfectly.

Wonderful nostalgia

The team of 38-year-old Vallee filmmaker David Constantin displays a great sense of rhythm and timing, which is half the battle when it comes to punch lines. At the beginning, the obligatory “What’s Happened So Far” is staged as a repetition exercise for a school class, followed by a ski ballet in three or four takes based on Ponchielli’s “Dance of the Hours”. The dialogues in moderate Wallisertiitsch, which in other cantons are largely understandable without subtitles, also ignite hüara güät for long stretches.

The content continues seamlessly from the first season to allow for the various shenanigans surrounding the sleepy Vale Police Station to continue. And the staff stumbles, from Baks (director Constantin himself), a worn-out investigator with a penchant for kitchen psychology, to his deranged deputy Pirmin (Dragan Vujicius), who this time accidentally gets pregnant from drugs. With all the sense of satire, the creators do not make the mistake of distorting each character into a caricature: the characters grow on you, down to the supporting roles, which are mostly played by amateurs.

This time, the trail leads to a sectarian secret society whose optical combination of the Ku Klux Klan and the Venetian carnival brings to mind Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. Accordingly, Tom Cruise, the performer of his main role, who is known to everyone even today, is also mentioned later. However, the mention of Alberto Tombas gives a brief explanation to the younger ones: this is part of the balancing act between the target groups, as the first season found fans in all age groups.

Researcher Bax (Davis Constantin, back) and his intern Butterfly (Cédric Schild) are back on the job.  A scene from the second season of Tschugger.

Researcher Bax (Davis Constantin, back) and his intern Butterfly (Cédric Schild) are back on the job. A scene from the second season of Tschugger.

Dominic Steinmann / SRF

And that’s part of that wonderful nostalgia that permeates the entire series. From the furniture to the sneakers, everything seems to have a patina, but the overall impression does not seem old-fashioned. The box of moths is ransacked for trash and junk, from Fargo to the former cult 80s crime series, then trawled through cocoa.

Good luck Sky.

The runaway success, whose first season brought SRF great ratings, came from the kitchen of Zurich-based company Shining Film. Television initially rejected the project; just a sample in the form of a trailer brought back those in charge – and also convinced streaming service Sky, which made its first appearance as a producer in this country. The second season will now last only for him for three months before being broadcast by Swiss TV.

Sky will later distribute the dubbed version in German-speaking countries. The first season also airs in Germany and Austria on Sky Comedy from May. According to Fabian Stein, head of content at Sky Switzerland, this is the strongest start to the new year so far: all expectations have been met. So there are certainly stories with a strong Swiss flavor that entertain outside the country’s borders as well.

Sky Show from September 15. and from December 18 also via SRF, RSI, RTS.

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