Gritty British-made police drama series set in the beautiful location of Amsterdam. Cynical Dutch detective Commissaris "Piet" Van der Valk and his colleagues investigate murders, kidnappings and political corruption.

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 Arlette van der Valk / ... 13 episodes, 1973-1977
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 Arlette van der Valk 13 episodes, 1972-1973
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Gritty British-made police drama series set in the beautiful location of Amsterdam. Cynical Dutch detective Commissaris "Piet" Van der Valk and his colleagues investigate murders, kidnappings and political corruption.

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13 September 1972 (UK)  »

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Fahndung: Van der Valk ermittelt  »

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

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The catchy theme tune, "Eye Level", reached number one in the UK charts at the end of 1972 when Van der Valk was first shown and stayed in the chart for 24 weeks. See more »

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

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Referenced in Absolutely: Episode #1.3 (1989) See more »

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Eye Level
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Written by Jack Trombey
Played by The Simon Park Orchestra
Conducted by Simon Park
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Barry Foster classic
24 June 2014 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I think I must have seen a few episodes as reruns in the late seventies,always after News at Ten. After a recent visit to Amsterdam I remembered the original and wanted to see it again so bought the box set. Barry Foster is very good and was clearly a fine actor. He has some really good scenes that exploits to the full Filmed in Amsterdam in colour you get to see the sights. The plots are complex and some scenes may seem a little laboured by modern standards but the show really holds up well against Wallender, Montalbano etc. If there is a production company out there looking for the next European detective they couldn't do much better than resurrect one of the originals, Commissaris Piet van der Valk and pay tribute to the excellent Barry Foster who made the part.


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