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Series cast summary:
Rudi Falkenhagen ...  Dries Rustenburg 13 episodes, 1981-1982
Pleuni Touw ...  Mary Rustenburg 13 episodes, 1981-1982
Andrea Domburg ...  Mevrouw van Gorkom / ... 13 episodes, 1981-1982
...  Jan van Gorkom 13 episodes, 1981-1982
Diana Dobbelman ...  Jannie Postma 13 episodes, 1981-1982
Guus Hermus ...  Johan Campers 13 episodes, 1981-1982
Niki Spengler ...  Ellen Rustenburg 13 episodes, 1981-1982
Sacco van der Made ...  Berend Groen 13 episodes, 1981-1982
Marlous Fluitsma ...  Barbara van Diermen 13 episodes, 1981-1982
Hein Boele ...  Jaap van Diermen 13 episodes, 1981-1982
Maarten Spanjer ...  Piet Stok 13 episodes, 1981-1982
Saskia van Basten-Batenburg ...  Ditty Stok 13 episodes, 1981-1982
...  Burger 13 episodes, 1981-1982
Bob van Tol ...  Maarten Volkers 13 episodes, 1981-1982
Frans Kokshoorn ...  Boer Voors 13 episodes, 1981-1982
Elisabeth Versluys ...  Mevrouw Voors 13 episodes, 1981-1982
Cees Heyne ...  Henk Voors 13 episodes, 1981-1982
...  Leentje 13 episodes, 1981-1982
Bep Dekker ...  Mevrouw Groen 13 episodes, 1981-1982
Mimi Kok ...  Janske 13 episodes, 1981-1982
Bert Dijkstra ...  Teunissen 13 episodes, 1981-1982
Hugo Metsers ...  Jules Bongers 7 episodes, 1982
Geert de Jong ...  Fientje Berger 7 episodes, 1982
Maxim Hamel ...  Karel Freeken 7 episodes, 1982
Jack Monkau ...  Jack 7 episodes, 1982
Jan Van Rooyen ...  Walter Hofman 7 episodes, 1982
Robert Sobels ...  Willem de portier / ... 7 episodes, 1982
Gerard Cox ...  Adjudant Kooiman 7 episodes, 1982
Guus van der Made ...  Brigadier Bakker 7 episodes, 1982
Ton Vos ...  Tonie de Aal 7 episodes, 1982
Sigrid Koetse ...  Mevrouw Campers 7 episodes, 1982
Jan Retèl ...  Dommering 7 episodes, 1982
Paul van Gorcum ...  Vos 7 episodes, 1982
Johan Sirag ...  Joop 7 episodes, 1982
Paul Brandenburg ...  Dirk de Turk 7 episodes, 1982
Dick Rienstra ...  Boer van der Linden 7 episodes, 1982
...  André Hageman 6 episodes, 1981
Jules Royaards ...  Doornbos 6 episodes, 1981
René van Asten ...  Harm Groen 6 episodes, 1981
Bertus Botterman ...  Boer van der Vaart 6 episodes, 1981
Sies Foletta ...  Klaas 6 episodes, 1981


This Dutch drama series is called after an agro-industrial factory, the main employer in a rural part of the Netherlands, and the interlocking private and professional lives of people and families involved in it: workers, supplying farmers under contract, the owners and the ambitious new CEO. Written by KGF Vissers

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16 March 1981 (Netherlands)  »

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Referenced in Dossier Verhulst: De verzoening (1986) See more »

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Dallasty done Dutch.
3 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

The decade of commerce, coldness, mandatory smoking and tiny lapels had only just begun when "De Fabriek" hit Tros Television like a sledgehammer in 1981. Personally, I was too young to stay up past half past eight on a Monday night, but the popularity of this first big dutch soap did not escape my generation, thanks to that stirring orchestral theme tune by Rogier van Otterloo. No matter how hard you tried to fall asleep, there was no way to escape the music pounding out of the TV set. Imagine my surprise finding out years later out that this story of big business revolved not around the oil business or something exciting like that, but a sugar factory.

After years of supporting roles and farces, Rudi Falkenhage (who's name is misspelled during the credits) finally became a star playing company director Dries Rustenburg, facing all odds against him while trying to secure the future of De FAB. Guus Hermus played the slimy competitor Campers who supposedly owns a bigger, more modern factory (which we never get a good look at, finding one factory to film in during their busy season was hard enough) but the real Judas and all around string puller in series one was 'our own' honey voiced Jeroen Krabbé (practicing for all the similar parts he would soon be playing in Hollywood) as company lawyer André Hageman.

Comic relief is provided by Maarten Spanjer as Piet Stok, the companies gopher at the bottom of the barrel, who is in love with young secretary Ditty (Saskia Ten Batenburg). If you pay attention during the end credits of every episode, you'll get some spoilers as to how that particular sub plot is going to end. Also vying for Ditty's affections (as well as practically every other single woman working there' is Jan van Gorkom (Frederik de Groot), the young manager grandson of the biggest shareholder (Andrea Domburg) and all around pain in the butt. Every soap needs strong women and for every man in this series there is at least one. In fact, there are so many, and the relationships (either by blood or by affection) can get a bit confusing in their criss crossing. For instance, as the series starts, minor character Harm Groen (René van Asten), the son of the Fabriek's foreman (Sacco van der Made) is dating the director's daughter Ellen (Niki Spengler) whilst working for the company lawyer (Krabbé) who is having an affair with the bosses wife (Pleuni Touw). No wonder nearly 6 million viewers stayed home to watch: they would have been lost had they missed a minute.

Clearly meant to be a homegrown version of prime-time soaps such as "Dallas" and "Dynasty", Joop van den Ende produced his first big smash. Even the opening credits try to evoke the American model, albeit with decidedly cheaper optical effects. Joop quickly became known as a man who made entertainment mogul, not drama, and English director Andrew Wilson clearly understood this. After all, this was not a period piece, nor did writer Hans Keuls base "De Fabriek" on a novel, like "De Kleine Waarheid" or "De Stille Kracht", but drew from his own experiences working in a sugar laboratory as well as being a lawyer. By transferring the American formula of commerce and sex into a typically Dutch setting of farming and Boerenkool met worst (throw in some disco scenes where the DJ has one Earth, Wind and Fire record to spin) and success was almost unavoidable. The series garnered massive ratings and media attention, even the fact that stuntman Dicky Beer returned from America to perform a big fall (in episode 3) was widely reported.

The second series saw the addition of Gerard Cox and Pleuni Touw's real life husband Hugo Metsers to the cast, as well as, thanks to the success of series one, a budget large enough to film a romantic liaison in Portugal. And of course people still remember that theme, which pops up John Barry style in several different versions over the course of the series: swinging, laid back, romantic, whatever the situation calls for. I must add that the episode titles of season two are not nearly as inventive as those of the first, when each one was a quote from the episode in question. De Fabriek ended after two series in six parts, but paved the way for several other high-profile soaps on Tros Television such as "Herenstraat 10", "Dossier Verhulst", and, almost a decade later, the advent of daily soaps such as "Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden".

8 out of 10

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