Van der Valk (2020–2021)
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Love in Amsterdam 

Two apparently unrelated men are found murdered in two different places in Amsterdam on the same day, raising questions as to whether they are linked, and if they have anything to do with the disappearance of an activist student.

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Colin Teague

Writers:

Chris Murray (created by), Chris Murray (series written by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Marc Warren ... Piet van der Valk
Maimie McCoy ... Lucienne Hassell
Luke Allen-Gale ... Brad de Vries
Elliot Barnes-Worrell ... Job Cloovers
Darrell D'Silva ... Hendrik Davie
Emma Fielding ... Julia Dahlman
Frances Grey ... Claudia Oosterhuis
Daniel Lapaine ... Paul Oosterhuis
Stephanie Leonidas ... Eva Meisner
Vineeta Rishi ... Therese Remecker
Frieda Barnhard ... Agatha Vos
Kees Boot ... Bartel Peters
Reinout Bussemaker ... Ed de Klerk
Malou Gorter Malou Gorter ... Renate Koolen
Hugo Haenen Hugo Haenen ... Daniel Koolen
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Storyline

In his time with the Amsterdam Police, Commissaris Piet van der Valk has seen it all. His cynicism sometimes shocks even his assistant Johnny Kroon. Their caseload brings them into contact with the city's many subcultures, from drug-users to sexual perverts. Van der Valk is known for his ability to break difficult cases by pursuing his famous hunches. His superior Hoofdcommissaris Samson, however, is always more concerned with the political and public relations ramifications of van der Valk's investigations.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Trivia

Although "Love In Amsterdam" is the title of an actual van der Valk novel by Nicholas Freeling, this episode is not an adaptation of it but an original story bearing no resemblance to the book. ("Love In Amsterdam" was the basis of a 1968 film "Amsterdam Affair".) See more »

Goofs

When commissaris Van der Valk points at the "industrial park" on the map he actually points at a residential area of Oostzaan, an independent municipality bordering to Amsterdam. Oostzaan resides with the police corps of yet another municipality, Zaanstad. Zaanstad has many industrial parks, some of them quite near Amsterdam. See more »

Quotes

[Lucienne Hassell has been stabbed. Van der Valk is with her before the ambulance takes her to hospital]
Piet van der Valk: [tenderly] If you die on me and I have to break the news to your family, I will deliberately do it very badly. I'm gonna be tactless, blunt, dismissive...
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Love in Amsterdam
26 April 2020 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

I had great fun convincing people that in the 1970s. Jon Pertwee played Doctor Who, Van der Valk and Worzel Gummidge all at the same time.

Now in the reboot, I tell people that Sean Pertwee would be taking over from his father. Trouble is Marc Warren is too well known from Hustle so no one falls for it.

The theme tune for the original show is also famous, more so than the television show itself. The new version keeps the theme very subtle, it should had been upfront and centre.

Surprisingly Warren is some years older than when Barry Foster first played Van der Valk. His character is more athletic and in the beginning of this episode he shows off his bike riding and combat skills.

The mystery begins with an abduction that goes wrong. Two bystanders are also taken and later killed. There is a link between these events and an upcoming political election.

It was a good opening episode but nothing outstanding and a bit cliched. I think Marc Warren had a lot to do with making it better than the script deserved.

Warren just easing back enough from the stock character of the grumpy maverick cop with a troubled life. He was certainly not the Van der Valk from the 1970s and 1990s television series which ironically is also being broadcast on a satellite channel.

I thought the ending and the reveal was more Taggart than Van der Valk. There were enough clues left behind that one person did have more to hide. So I was surprised that the police did not chase this up as it was progressing.

There was a depth missing that the English language version of Wallander had. One valid criticism you can make is but for the Amsterdam locations, is this really Van der Valk?


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English

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13 September 2020 (USA) See more »

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NL Film, Company Pictures See more »
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