Van der Valk was a hugely successful ITV detective series in Amsterdam.
It ran for two decades until 1992, only to be restarted in 2020 with a new line-up.
Here we take a look at the original and new cast, if there will be a new series and more …
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Who was in the original Van der Valk?
The original by Van der Valk was played by Barry Foster as Commissaris Simon “Piet” Van der Valk.
Unfortunately, he died in 2002 at the age of 70.
Other stars were Michael Latimer as Inspector Johnny Croon and Susan Travers as Arlette Van der Valk (Simon’s French wife).
As the series progressed, his wife was played by two other actresses – Joanna Dunham and then Meg Davies for the series’ revival from 1991-1992.
The series is based on the novels by Nicolas Freeling.
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It focused more on the then somber atmosphere of Amsterdam than on the exact plot of the novels.
Often casework has involved investigating crimes related to prostitution, drug dealing, and murder.
The show’s chirpy and catchy theme melody was in stark contrast to its dark plots.
It is often hailed as the forerunner of the current trend for Nordic noir dramas.
When was the series restarted?
The series was restarted in 2020.
With Marc Warren, it aired in April and May 2020.
Who’s on ITV in the new Van der Valk?
Marc Warren plays the famous detective while Maimie McCoy is his highly qualified partner.
You can recognize Marc by his previous roles in Hustle, Band of Brothers, Flack, Safe, and State of Play.
Maimie is best known for her roles in White House Farm, A Confession, The Musketeers, and DCI Banks.
The first series consisted of only three episodes.
ITV described the series as follows: “Van der Valk focuses on detective Piet Van der Valk’s investigation in and around Amsterdam while investigating a number of high profile cases.
“This season, Van der Valk and his team are immersed in the worlds of art, politics, addiction, mysticism and the fashion industry.”
How were the reviews of Van der Valk 2020?
Van der Valk’s reboot received somewhat mixed reviews.
In fact, some reviewers said the original series lacked the momentum and strong cast.
The independent one argued, “The Dutch capital is being conquered here in all its arid beauty, but conspiracies and a distracting lead make this seventies re-hash a tough sale.”
While Bulkheads The restart ended with the following words: “Even after half an hour the show looked like a generic detective pulp, only with additional channels.
“I didn’t understand why ITV revived the VDV because it didn’t feel very Amsterdam despite the waterways. Unless the Head of Drama had simply gotten bored with the same prisons in south London and the usual rolling Yorkshire hills and ordered his on-site team to find something new. “
However, not everyone was as unconvinced as The times there were four stars out of five.
Nonetheless, the reviewer concluded, “The writing was mostly solid and Warren has enough strength to draw me back.
“Whether it will be as successful for ITV as Endeavor in this slot is another question.”
Will there be a second series?
Yes, there will be a second series. However, filming has been temporarily delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
So far, a broadcast date for the second series of Van der Valk has not been confirmed or announced by ITV.
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