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Series cast summary:
Bas van Toor Bas van Toor ...  Bassie / ... 99 episodes, 1978-1996
Aad van Toor Aad van Toor ...  Adriaan / ... 99 episodes, 1978-1996
Paul van Gorcum Paul van Gorcum ...  De Baron / ... 55 episodes, 1979-1994


Clown Bassie and acrobat Adriaan work in a circus. They seem to attract criminals and when Adriaan and Bassie manage to get a few arrested one criminal in specific devotes his life to making sure the two will never be able to do that again.

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Whatever happens, keep smiling


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Release Date:

10 January 1978 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Bassie en Adriaan en de diamant See more »


Box Office


NLG 30,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Stereo | Mono (Dolby 2.0)


Black and White (seasons 1-3)| Color (seasons 4-10)

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Did You Know?


(series 1) The story was originally written without the boogeyman character. Aad van Toor was against adding this character. He wanted to add three thieves he had made up called B1, B2 and BB. The reason to add this villain was that the TROS broadcasting company wasn't fond of the pilot and wanted an element of excitement in the show. See more »


The titular crown is said to be the crown of King William II of the Netherlands, which is the official Dutch state crown. After stealing the crown, the Baron puts it on his head, which he shouldn't be able to do. The Dutch state crown is only meant for display during the monarch's inauguration and wouldn't fit on a person's head. See more »

Crazy Credits

The show's leader contains several scenes which were only shot for the leader, in order to make the viewer curious about the story, while never appearing in the series itself. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the mid-1980s, there were two episodes missing, episode 2 and 7 of season 2. So Aad van Toor re-edited the series, to make the story work without those episodes. All reruns, videos and DVDs until 2004 are missing about three episodes because of this. (Aad had to delete about one episode of material to remove any references to the missing episodes.) One of the two missing episodes was rediscovered in 2004 (episode 2). It was put back in again, together with some of the material referring to it. See more »


Spin-off De Stop & Stap Show (1986) See more »


Hallo Vriendjes
(opening song)
Written by Aad van Toor
Arranged by Aad Klaris
Performed by Bas van Toor (as Bassie) and Aad van Toor (as Adriaan)
Featured in seasons 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10
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Sensitive treatment of intellectual isolation
24 November 2002 | by ilja-2See all my reviews

Once again, the Van Toor brothers deal with an important social problem in this engaging and well-written TV series. Far from capitalising on the traditional portrayal of the 'mad professor', they show a retired scientist continually unable to face the world and reality, forcing him to resort to crime. This is a detour from the traditional Van Toor films, where the chief protagonists Bassie and Adriaan take up the egregious Baron. It tones down the traditional dialectism of the series in favour of a far more subtle approach. In the process, we see how the tortured figure of the crying professor slowly falls to pieces and succumbs to his own delusions. But there are many more sides to the story, making this the most sincere of the Van Toor productions.

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