After a photographer and a lawyer start a steamy affair, their lives and those around them get entangled in dirty business and family secrets.




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Series cast summary:
Sylvia Hoeks ...  Iris van Erkel-Hoegaarde / ... 32 episodes, 2011-2015
Kees Prins ...  Huub Couwenberg 32 episodes, 2011-2015
Guido Pollemans Guido Pollemans ...  Björn Couwenberg 32 episodes, 2011-2015
Rifka Lodeizen ...  Elsie Steenhouwer-Couwenberg / ... 32 episodes, 2011-2015
Jeffrey Hamilton Jeffrey Hamilton ...  Marco Steenhouwer 32 episodes, 2011-2015
Sigrid ten Napel Sigrid ten Napel ...  Marit Steenhouwer 32 episodes, 2011-2015
Fedja van Huêt ...  Willem Steenhouwer 32 episodes, 2011-2015
Redmar Siegertsz Redmar Siegertsz ...  Menno van Erkel 32 episodes, 2011-2015
Ramsey Nasr Ramsey Nasr ...  Pepijn van Erkel 29 episodes, 2011-2015
Kenneth Herdigein Kenneth Herdigein ...  Ben Mengeling 28 episodes, 2011-2015
Bert Luppes Bert Luppes ...  Joachim Lampe 24 episodes, 2011-2015
Sabrina van Halderen Sabrina van Halderen ...  Jill 14 episodes, 2011-2015
Elisa Beuger Elisa Beuger ...  Mariel 13 episodes, 2011-2013


After a photographer and a lawyer start a steamy affair, their lives and those around them get entangled in dirty business and family secrets.

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Release Date:

8 September 2011 (Netherlands) See more »

Filming Locations:

Badhoevedorp, Netherlands See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Gripping and compelling.
20 October 2011 | by pim_massinkSee all my reviews

The name "overspel" (adultery) may a bit misleading. It made me suspect that this was going to be some female-oriented cliché-ridden drama. Nothing could be further from the truth.

There are many characters here all of which are equally important. The plot revolves around their relations with each other. Couwenberg is boss of a construction business, then an accident happens that puts the relationships of everyone in the series under pressure. Step by step the plot moves forward and gets more intricate and intriguing every episode. Adultery is only a small part of the problems emerging for every person in this mess. The characters are completely real and believable six episodes in and not once have I been disturbed by a stupid cliché or unreal irrational actions by the characters. They act as any sane man or woman does in their situation.

With a plot so much based on characters, the acting has to be top-notch, and I'm delighted to say that it absolutely is. Rarely have I seen such strong performances from Dutch actors. Add in the brilliant directing and grim cinematography and you've got a series that gets more compelling with every scene. The 6th and latest episode was the absolute highpoint for me. It ended with a music compilation lasting many minutes on Deep Purple's Child in Time and was absolutely masterly executed. One of the best directed pieces I've ever seen.

Overspel is gripping, compelling, well written, wonderfully acted, even better directed, and fit for every single audience, even kids if they're into this sort of thing. Perhaps watching the full season with the entire family at Christmas is a perfect family bonding activity for many.

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