ITV Picks Up Marc Warren Fronted ‘Van Der Valk’ Series
ITV has joined a host of other European broadcasters on the remake of the classic detective drama ‘Van Der Valk‘ starring Marc Warren it has been announced.
For those of you unfamiliar with ‘Van Der Valk’, the series follows a street smart and unapologetic Dutch detective (Warren) as he navigates the lively and enigmatic city of Amsterdam, solving mysterious crimes using astute human observation and inspired detection. The original show was produced by Thames Television starring Barry Foster and ran for five series from 1972 to 1992.
Joining Warren in the cast are Maimie McCoy (‘DCI Banks’, ‘The Musketeers’) as Lucienne Hassell, his gutsy and fiercely competent right-hand woman, along with Luke Allen-Gale (‘Dominion’), Elliot Barnes-Worrell (‘Jericho’), Darrell D’Silva (‘Strike Back’), Emma Fielding (‘Les Misérables’), Kees Boot (‘Judas’), Reinout Bussemaker (‘Flikken Maastricht’), Frances Grey (‘Home Fires’), Daniel Lapaine (‘The Durrells’), Stephanie Leonidas (‘Snatch’), Mike Libanon (‘Kill Switch’) and Vineeta Rishi (‘Line of Duty’).
The new series remake comes from Company Pictures, the people behind shows such as ‘Inspector George Gently’, ‘The Missing’, ‘Bulletproof’, and ‘The White Princess’, alongside All3Media International. The series has been picked up for broadcast by ITV in the UK, ARD in Germany, France Télévisions and NPO in the Netherlands.
Chris Murray, who has written on shows such as ‘Midsomer Murders’, ‘Lewis’, ‘Casualty’, and ‘Missing’, is creating the 3 feature-length episodes. The 90min episodes are being filmed on location in Amsterdam, and will be produced by Michele Buck (‘Agatha Christie’s Poirot’) and All3Media International boss Louise Pedersen.
“It’s thrilling to be recreating Van der Valk, a contemporary detective series with attractive, intriguing characters, danger and humour – and a fantastic backdrop in Amsterdam,” commented Michele Buck, Company Pictures Executive Producer. “We are delighted to be working with All3media international and ARD as commissioners – and are very proud that, as we start filming, we already have further partners in place whilst still in production.”
No news on an exact premiere date yet for ‘Van Der Valk‘, but it will come to ITV at some point in 2019 or 2020. We’ll let you know when we hear more.
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