You’ll Want Detective ‘Van der Valk’ on Your Case


It’s not just Americans who love TV reboots. This atmospheric new police drama, an update of a classic English show that aired in the 1970s and was revived in 1991, has already scored a second season in the U.K.

Set and filmed in Amsterdam, the Masterpiece series highlights the city’s picturesque canals, world-class museums and lovely architecture while Dutch homicide detective Piet Van der Valk (Beecham House’s Marc Warren, above) goes about the business of solving murders.

« Piet is someone who doesn’t suffer fools, » executive producer Michele Buck says of the maverick. (He also has a mysterious romantic backstory and a secret of his own.) Though his stubborn independence ruffles the feathers of his boss, Julia Dahlman (Emma Fielding), she nonetheless sees his value, as do his team. Among them: best friend Lucienne Hassell (Maimie McCoy), a confident gay woman who stands up to Piet, and newcomer Job Cloovers (Elliot Barnes-Worrell), an eager-to-impress data geek.

The cases, too, are Amsterdam-specific. The first intertwines rival political candidates and a love story gone wrong; the second involves nuns and religious erotic art; and the third opens with the killing of a fashion vlogger on live video. By the end of the three-episode season, faith in Van der Valk will be high, Buck promises: « You’ll think, ‘If something awful happens to me or my family, I’d want him on the case because he’d get it sorted.' »


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