A group of colleagues at a cobwebbed ministerial department struggles to maintain a peaceful working atmosphere.




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Series cast summary:
René Verreth René Verreth ...  Philemon Persez 37 episodes, 1978-1981
Mandus de Vos Mandus de Vos ...  Bonaventuur Verastenhoven 37 episodes, 1978-1981
Jaak Van Assche ...  Jean De Pesser 37 episodes, 1978-1981
Manu Verreth Manu Verreth ...  Jomme Dockx 37 episodes, 1978-1981
Tuur De Weert ...  Gilbert Van Hie 37 episodes, 1978-1981
Jacky Morel Jacky Morel ...  Hilaire Baconfoy 37 episodes, 1978-1981
Nellie Rosiers Nellie Rosiers ...  Mireille Puis 29 episodes, 1978-1981
Jo Crab Jo Crab ...  Arabella Lucas 26 episodes, 1978-1980
Bob Van der Veken Bob Van der Veken ...  Paul Tienpondt 25 episodes, 1978-1980
Agnes De Nul Agnes De Nul ...  Kris Berlo 22 episodes, 1979-1981
Tessy Moerenhout Tessy Moerenhout ...  Betty Bossé 18 episodes, 1978-1979
Loet Hanekroot Loet Hanekroot ...  Directeur-generaal Jan Clerkx 18 episodes, 1979-1981
Nora Tilley Nora Tilley ...  Caroline Van Kersbeke 16 episodes, 1979-1981


This Flemish sitcom, one of the greatest TV hits ever in Belgium, is about a small group of colleagues in a non-specified (in fact, the only indications are contradictory) ministerial department in pre-federal Belgium. It's all about there mainly petty rivalries, gossip, interests etc. The original head of their division is director Paul Thienpondt, somewhat pompous but very pragmatic and well-connected, risen trough the ranks. The only other cadres, who rival to replace him, first temporarily and later for good, are Bonaventuur Verastenhoven, highly cultivated and classy but unpopular as a snob and too perfectionist to be productive, and Philemon Persez, an idealistic do-gooder whose marriage above his birth rank goes sour as he's drawn to Thienpondt's secretary Mireille Puis. The middle level, where most of the daily work is done, has two pranksters: Jean De Pesser, womanizing father of a handicapped boy with a simpleton wife Josée, a boasting trade union representative, and Gilbert... Written by KGF Vissers

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9 September 1978 (Belgium) See more »

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One motion picture was made as about (roughly) the same characters starring the series cast: Kollega's maken de Brug, De (1988), essentially a double-length episode. Note the different spellings of the keyword (meaning "colleagues"), but in Dutch there were two officially codified alternatives for many words, mostly involving a few sounds such as K. See more »


Referenced in Het eiland (2004) See more »

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Classic Belgium TV Series
14 October 2003 | by Ronald ClercxSee all my reviews

These series belong to the collective memory for the Flemish people, a soapopera which portrays the life of government office workers in Belgium. Each character does remind you of somebody in real life, and anyone who has ever worked in a state office, will certainly laugh out with the situations: boredom, bureaucracy, hierarchy, and the small protest and little life's from your fellow slaves.

Certainly the best tv-serie that Belgium ever produced.

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