Peter Fratzscher was born in in 1950 and began studying German and Philosophy in Frankfurt in 1970. He then attended the Academy of Television & Film (HFF) in Munich from 1970-1974 and served as an assistant lecturer in the Film & TV Drama department from 1975-1976. In addition to directing on series like Der Fahnder, Auf Achse and Tatort, Fratzscher also worked on Reinhard Hauff's Knife in the Head (Messer im Kopf, 1978), Hajo Gies' TV film Die schwuelen Tage and Dominik Graf's Das zweite Gesicht (1982). His own films for the cinema are Vergiss es, Asphaltnacht (1980), Panische Zeiten (co-dir. with Udo Lindenberg, 1980), André schafft sie alle (1984) and Nachts (1997). He has been working for television since, mostly for the German series Tatort.