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Van der Valk 

Gritty British-made Police drama series set in the beautiful location of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Cynical Dutch Detective Commissaris "Piet" Van der Valk (Barry Foster) and his colleagues investigate murders, kidnappings, and political corruption.

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Nicolas Freeling
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1992   1991   1977   1973   1972  

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Barry Foster ...  Van Der Valk / ... 32 episodes, 1972-1992
Michael Latimer ...  Kroon 13 episodes, 1972-1973
Joanna Dunham Joanna Dunham ...  Arlette / ... 13 episodes, 1973-1977
Susan Travers ...  Arlette 13 episodes, 1972-1973
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Gritty British-made Police drama series set in the beautiful location of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Cynical Dutch Detective Commissaris "Piet" Van der Valk (Barry Foster) and his colleagues investigate murders, kidnappings, and political corruption.

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Action | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Fahndung: Van der Valk ermittelt See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(7 episodes) (1991-1992) | (25 episodes) (1972-1977)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Barry Foster, Geoffrey Bayldon, and David McKail are amongst the very few actors to have acted in the 1970s seasons and the 1990s seasons. See more »

Crazy Credits

The credits for Season 1 listed the actors and characters entirely in lower-case letters. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Remembering Douglas Camfield (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Eye Level
(Title Theme)
Written by Jack Trombey
Played by The Simon Park Orchestra
Conducted by Simon Park
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The Dutch Columbo
20 January 2007 | by pmiano100See all my reviews

I first saw it when I visited Britain in 1977. I was intrigued by the anomaly (to me) of a British TV show about a Dutch police detective. I enjoyed it and continued to watch it every time I visited Britain, which was often as I had gotten a job requiring it. Some of the actors spoke with British accents while others spoke with Dutch accents, but that was no big deal. After all, aren't we the country that gave the world Robin Hood with an American accent? The only thing that really bothered me was that it apparently never got on American TV, at least not that I knew. It would be great if BBC America were to broadcast the reruns. Barry Foster was a great actor, perfectly cast. I suppose it didn't make it "across the pond" because he used brains instead of brawn and guns, and we already had Lt. Columbo.


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