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IJf Blokker ...
 Barend Servet (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Harry Touw ...
 Otto Kolkvet (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Elisabeth Roelink ...
 Ria (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Mieke van de Sande ...
 Mia (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Bertina Maas ...
 Coba (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Ellen Jens ...
 Herself (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Gied Jaspars ...
 Himself (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Wim T. Schippers ...
 Himself (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Wim van der Linden ...
 Himself (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
Ruud van Hemert ...
 Himself (4 episodes, 1972-1973)
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More controversy with Barend
27 March 2010 | by (Rijswijk, ZH, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This follow up to the controversial Fred Haché show followed Fred's assistant Barend Servet (IJf Blokker, who had originally auditioned for the Haché part but was then offered a newly invented character of his own). Harry Touw did return as Fred, but also as the new character of Otto Kolkvet. And by the fourth episode, Lou Telby had taken over as Haché. Larger parts were given to Dolf Brouwers as Sjef van Oekel and the ladies RiMiCo (Ria, Mia and Coba), played by Elisabeth Roelink, Mieke van de Sande & Bertina Maas, who always completed each others sentences.

This show was more of a collection of silly humor and sketches than the previous one, but was still occasionally interrupted by musical acts. There was also even more nudity (mostly strip-acts hired from nightclubs) which no doubt helped keep the ratings soaring. Ellen Jens, who had started off as production assistant on Haché, was by now a full producer, and the four directors/writers/creators Jaspars, Schippers, Van Hemert & Van der Linden still combined their talents into producing their own brand of groundbreaking, taste-bending television filled with what they liked to call 'Modern shots' (people getting obscured by lampshades and all sorts).

Only four shows made it to the airwaves, and in a way they were lucky to do so, for Episode two contained one of the most controversial sketches, in which a lookalike of then reigning monarch Queen Juliana was seen peeling Brussel sprouts 'just like the common folk do'. The VPRO almost had some of their meager airtime taken away from them over that one. Of course that didn't stop the production team from having the same Juliana lookalike return for more controversy in their Christmas special 'Waar Heb Dat Nou Voor Nodig'...

8 out of 10


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