In this Dutch police detective series, Detective Jurriaan 'Jurre' de Cock is sort of the 'Columbo' of a Dutch police city's police department.




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Series cast summary:
Piet Römer ...  de Cock 124 episodes, 1995-2006
Victor Reinier ...  Vledder 124 episodes, 1995-2006
Martin Schwab Martin Schwab ...  Keizer 124 episodes, 1995-2006
Serge-Henri Valcke ...  Buitendam 124 episodes, 1995-2006
Nienke Sikkema Nienke Sikkema ...  Mevrouw de Cock 123 episodes, 1995-2006
Hans Karsenbarg Hans Karsenbarg ...  Den Koninghe 121 episodes, 1995-2006
Marian Mudder Marian Mudder ...  Prins / ... 95 episodes, 1995-2006
Wimie Wilhelm Wimie Wilhelm ...  Els Peeters / ... 62 episodes, 1998-2006
Freek van Muiswinkel Freek van Muiswinkel ...  Wachtcommandant 51 episodes, 1995-1999
Piet Kamerman Piet Kamerman ...  Lowietje 51 episodes, 2001-2006


In this Dutch police detective series, Detective Jurriaan 'Jurre' de Cock is sort of the 'Columbo' of a Dutch police city's police department, as deceptively poor in appearance (cheap raincoat) but always able to outsmart the crooks, usually a murderer per episode. He does however have a competent team, especially his young, promising right-hand Detective Dick Vledder and the more modest, often separately standard-researching Detective Albert 'Appie' Keizer, while Chief Corneel Buitendam is not too helpful; another regular is forensic examiner Dr. Ennaeus den Koninghe. Written by KGF Vissers

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In order to make sure that all script writers kept the main characters consistent, a list of generic personal traits of the main characters, and their relationships with each other, was made in late 1994/early 1995. This document is often jokingly referred to as the "Character Bible". See more »

Crazy Credits

Normally the footage for the title credits changed each season, being composed of footage from the new season's episodes. However, the 10th, 11th and 12th seasons had the same opening credits as the 9th, possibly because starting with the 9th season it became standard for episodes to be delayed one season (episodes shot for season 9 were aired as season 10 and so forth). See more »


Spun-off from Moord in Extase (1984) See more »

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Thinking Person's Mysteries
8 February 2020 | by linda-headleySee all my reviews

The Baantjer Mysteries are to Denmark what Midsommrr Murders are to England. They provide intriguing "whodunnits" set in a comfortable framework with continuing lead characters. De Cock, the primary detective, is a seasoned professional and a wise man informed by his Calvinist upbringing; he never settles for the obvious. His counterpoint is Vledder, a youngish and cynical womanizer always swayed by the apparent, yet incorrect solutions. He provides less than comic relief with his insensitive comments and poorly framed humor. The team is rounded out by two workhorses, Prins and Keizer, a versatile and detail oriented female detective and a tech savvy investigator. All technically report to Buittendam, a bureaucrat who lets De Cock run with little actual interference while keeping up the facade of the nit picking manager.

I enjoy the series because the plots are well written and never obvious, while the relationships among the characters, particularly De Cock and Buittendam, are many layered. I also appreciate the standard ending where De Cock gathers his troops in his home with his wife to recap the investigation and solution, a device similar to Poirot or Columbo assembling suspects for a final reveal.

The series is well worth the time of mystery fans, particularly cozy mysteries. My only real complaints are the paucity of the subtitles (they catch only a third or so of the dialogue) and the overly stylized camerawork in a couple of seasons.

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6 October 1995 (Netherlands) See more »

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