Gritty British-made police drama series set in the beautiful location of Amsterdam. Cynical Dutch detective Commissaris "Piet" Van der Valk and his colleagues investigate murders, kidnappings and political corruption.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Barry Foster ...  Van der Valk / ... 32 episodes, 1972-1992
Michael Latimer ...  Insp Johnny Kroon 13 episodes, 1972-1973
Joanna Dunham Joanna Dunham ...  Arlette van der Valk / ... 13 episodes, 1973-1977
Susan Travers ...  Arlette van der Valk 13 episodes, 1972-1973
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Gritty British-made police drama series set in the beautiful location of Amsterdam. Cynical Dutch detective Commissaris "Piet" Van der Valk and his colleagues investigate murders, kidnappings and political corruption.

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Action | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Fahndung: Van der Valk ermittelt See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(7 episodes) (1991-1992) | (25 episodes) (1972-1977)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Geoffrey Bayldon and David McKail are among the very few actors to have acted in both the 70s series and the 90s series. See more »

Crazy Credits

The credits for Season 1 listed the actors and characters entirely in lower-case letters. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Remembering Douglas Camfield (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Eye Level
(Title Theme)
Written by Jack Trombey
Played by The Simon Park Orchestra
Conducted by Simon Park
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Barry Foster classic
24 June 2014 | by marc-36-473963See all my reviews

I think I must have seen a few episodes as reruns in the late seventies,always after News at Ten. After a recent visit to Amsterdam I remembered the original and wanted to see it again so bought the box set. Barry Foster is very good and was clearly a fine actor. He has some really good scenes that exploits to the full Filmed in Amsterdam in colour you get to see the sights. The plots are complex and some scenes may seem a little laboured by modern standards but the show really holds up well against Wallender, Montalbano etc. If there is a production company out there looking for the next European detective they couldn't do much better than resurrect one of the originals, Commissaris Piet van der Valk and pay tribute to the excellent Barry Foster who made the part.


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