From a serial killer to a useless live performance cellist, Van der Valk’s again with three gripping circumstances

The primary sequence of the rebooted Van Der Valk turned out to be lockdown gold. 

Airing in April 2020 whereas we have been all caught at dwelling, it introduced the great thing about Amsterdam into our residing rooms with three fashionable Dutch noir murder-mysteries primarily based loosely on the unique 70s sequence starring Barry Foster, and it proved such successful with viewers {that a} second and third sequence have been commissioned instantly.

Covid then delayed filming for a 12 months, however the second sequence of three two-hour episodes lastly arrives on ITV subsequent week. And due to the two-year delay between the 2 sequence, it kicks off with a very high-stakes episode.

‘We have been aware of considering we would have liked to relaunch the sequence in a approach,’ explains creator and author Chris Murray. ‘So we’ve executed a scaled-up story a couple of serial killer, somebody who’s killing in ways in which relate to town. 

Marc Warren and Maimie McCoy as Van der Valk and Hassell within the new sequence which arrives on ITV subsequent week

‘We wished to faucet into the historical past of town.’ When a solicitor who’d simply gained a case to evict some squatters is discovered murdered, and a cryptic word alluding to extra killings is present in her jacket, the police flip their focus onto the squatters. 

Attempting to cease the rampage is Piet Van der Valk (Marc Warren), a detective who lives for his job following the tragic demise of his spouse. His all-action sidekick is Inspector Lucienne Hassell (The Musketeers actress Maimie McCoy), the proper foil to Van der Valk’s reserved nature, and each work underneath Chief Julia Dahlman (Emma Fielding).

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For Warren, taking part in the hero cop was fairly a change from his standard turns as unhealthy guys in dramas like Mad Canines and The Good Spouse. ‘It’s rather more minimal than something I’ve executed earlier than,’ says Marc, 55.

 ‘I’ve tended to play larger-than-life characters, so that is very completely different. I’ve seen that the longer I play Van der Valk, the moodier I appear to get,’ he provides. 

‘I wouldn’t say he’s a barrel of guffaws, however he’s received a dry sense of humour.’ This new model of Van Der Valk is a departure from the sooner sequence, with the character drawn fairly in a different way.

 ‘He’s a person who’s had a life,’ says Chris. ‘He can combine with excessive and low tradition, with criminals and the good and good.’

 He lives alone on a houseboat, however he’s considering discovering love once more. ‘On the finish of the final sequence, you learnt that Van der Valk’s companion had drowned after a automobile accident,’ says Marc. 

‘So we begin off this sequence with him assembly a lady and that relationship runs by the three episodes.’ In its 70s heyday, Van der Valk’s circumstances have been set among the many seedy facet of Amsterdam.

 ‘We’ve decided not to enter these worlds, that stereotypical notion of Amsterdam as occasion central with medication and intercourse,’ explains Chris. ‘We wished to have a broader palette to work with, and quite a lot of these tales come from spending time there.’

And so in addition to the canals and Van der Valk’s houseboat, the police use the historic metropolis centre restaurant Cafe Scheltema as a secondary station. However as romantic because it appears to be like on-screen, Marc says it’s a troublesome place to work. 

‘It’s a troublesome location because it will get extremely popular,’ he sighs. ‘Every episode builds to us having to shoot all of the police stuff within the final three or 4 days, and which means quite a lot of strains. 

We decided to not use the stereotype of Amsterdam as occasion central with medication and intercourse

‘By the top of you could barely bear in mind your title!’ The second and third episodes additionally delve into the guts of contemporary Amsterdam.

 ‘The town is legendary for its diamond business, so we wrote a couple of dysfunctional household within the enterprise,’ says Chris. Filming occurred in an actual diamond manufacturing unit in Utrecht.

 ‘We have been within the workshop which was wonderful,’ says Maimie. ‘A few of the staff have been there 20 years and have been extras within the scene.’

The third episode is about within the classical music world when a cellist dies after an acid assault. Filming occurred on the Muziekgebouw, one among Amsterdam’s most interesting live performance halls.

Marc and Maimie had to film at tourist hotspots, which sometimes proved a challenge. Pictured: Marc as Van der Walk and Vineeta Rishi as Therese Ramecker

Marc and Maimie needed to movie at vacationer hotspots, which typically proved a problem. Pictured: Marc as Van der Stroll and Vineeta Rishi as Therese Ramecker 

Filming in vacationer hotspots proved a problem at instances although. ‘Maimie and I needed to drive by Dam Sq. at its most packed, carrying bulletproof vests with the flashing lights on,’ says Marc.

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 The longer I play Van der Valk the moodier I get – he’s not a barrel of guffaws however he has a dry sense of humour

 ‘However no one had instructed the police and we received pulled over. I believed, ‘If we’d had our weapons on us, we’d have been in bother!’ 

Fortunately, a crew member confirmed the police their filming permits. One forged member even received to point out off his musical abilities.

 Darrell D’Silva, who performs pathologist Hendrik, truly performed in Amsterdam’s golf equipment within the 80s. ‘We see Hendrik taking part in the saxophone in a bar which ties in with my Amsterdam historical past,’ he explains.

 ‘Earlier than I turned an actor, I performed gigs there.’ When Darrell instructed Marc about his Amsterdam gigs, he went straight to the producers.

 ‘I despatched him a video of me taking part in and he stated, ‘It’s gotta go within the present,’ says Darrell. ‘So he instructed Chris about it and in episode one, I’m taking part in the sax!’

Sequence two of Van Der Valk begins on Sunday 7 August at 9pm on ITV.

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