‘The dream factory’ is back! Bart Peeters (64) and Gloria Monserez (22) present the nostalgic program and make the craziest, beautiful and wild dreams of the Flemish people come true. “I think we all need a feel-good program like this in these times,” the duo said.
Bart Peeters and Gloria Monserez and their team selected the most beautiful, craziest and most heart-warming dreams from more than 10,000 (!) entries and made them come true. Just think of helicopters, elephants and bagpipes. “I went to chat with the production house because I wanted to make a program in which I could tell great stories and apparently Bart came by that same week with the same question,” says Gloria. ‘Human interest is completely new to me, because I always made programmes shiny floors or in a setting,” says Bart. ‘Gloria already has a lot more experience in this, just think of “Hotel Romantiek”. That’s why they came up with the idea of putting us together. During the brainstorming session it became apparent that we both wanted to make people’s little happiness come true and so the idea arose to give “The Dream Factory” a new look.’
Gloria, did you watch the old episodes, because they aired even before you were born?
‘No. I actually didn’t know the show at all. That’s why I asked Bart if I should delve into the archives in preparation. He advised me against this because we are not supposed to make an exact copy of the original program. We watched some old fragments for the socials of “The Dream Factory” and I thought that was very funny to see! What a show!’
Is there a big difference between the old and the new version of ‘The Dream Factory’?
Bart Peeters: ‘We fulfill dreams, people will certainly recognize that from the previous program. For the rest it is completely different, because we don’t want to make a remake. The design and content are completely new. We focus more on the stories behind those dreams. Furthermore, either Gloria or I are always present during the realization of those dreams.’
Gloria Monserez: ‘Everything has become much more accessible due to social media, which means that there are many more opportunities to make dreams come true these days. Many doors spontaneously opened for us. A lot of people are happy to participate in this program, which is also heart-warming.’
We fulfill dreams, people will certainly recognize that from the previous program. For the rest it is completely different, because we don’t want to make a remake.
You received more than 10,000 entries. How on earth do you only choose a few?
Gloria Monserez: ‘We had a lot of brainstorms and luckily we were assisted by a fantastic production team. But both Bart and I are actually more TV makers than presenters, so we like to think along and work it out. We certainly had something to contribute to the final selection.’
Bart Peeters: ‘Some dreams also came back very often! That’s funny, because in the last century people dreamed of doing something with Jean-Marie Pfaff, now it is with Kevin De Bruyne. They used to want to meet Sandra Kim and now it is Camille or Pommelien Thijs. Of course, those “predictable” dreams also have to be there, but it’s also nice to have some speciallekes to intervene. You also notice that people dare to dream more originally because they know that a crazy idea has a good chance of making it onto the show because this is fun television.‘
Gloria Monserez: ‘Of course we can’t reveal too much yet, but a woman is crazy about geese that fly in a V-formation and she really wanted to be part of that. A wonderful dream of course, but you have to research the world to make it come true.’
Is this season real larger than life?
Gloria Monserez: ‘I’m sure a lot of jaws will drop in surprise, because there are some really crazy ideas in there. But it doesn’t always have to come with lots of bells and whistles. Sometimes the smallest dream has the most beautiful story behind it. I like that there is that mix and balance.’
Bart Peeters: ‘In these times, I think we all need a feel-good program such as “The Dream Factory”.
What is actually your big dream?
Gloria Monserez: ‘There are many dreams that I would like to see come true that are unfortunately completely unrealistic, such as that all children could grow up safely. If I had to name one, it would be performing a song with Billie Eilish on the main stage of Pukkelpop.’
Bart Peeters: “I would say world peace.”
And your worst nightmare?
Gloria Monserez: ‘Losing your sense of humor and not being able to laugh anymore. That seems terrible to me!’
Bart Peeters: ‘I follow Gloria in this. I would never want to become a sour person who sees the negative in everything, only thinks doom and makes enemies instead of friends everywhere.’
In any case, many jaws will drop in surprise, I’m sure, because there are some really crazy ideas in there. But it doesn’t always have to come with lots of bells and whistles. Sometimes the smallest dream has the most beautiful story behind it.
What makes you a good duo?
Bart Peeters: ‘We complement each other very well.’
Gloria Monserez: “We don’t have to put on a funny hat, it’s just right.”
Do you notice that there is a small generation gap between you?
Gloria Monserez: ‘There is certainly no rift between us. But there are differences, which makes sense, because I am the same age as Bart’s youngest son Pablo. But if there is anyone who moves super flexibly through time, it is Bart!’
Bart Peeters: ‘While Gloria succeeds in making a program from the past hip again in this day and age.’
Gloria Monserez: ‘If I had to mention one thing, it would be the fact that Bart doesn’t use WhatsApp and I don’t text. So we can’t send each other quickly. If we want to tell each other something, we really have to call. That is less contemporary, but I can agree with that (laughs).’
Did you learn anything from each other by working so closely together?
Gloria Monserez: ‘A lot! Bart has a lot of experience, but at the same time he remains open to everything, which gives you a lot of space to create something. I never get the feeling that I should keep my mouth shut with Bart, even though he has of course been in showbiz for much longer.’
Bart Peeters: ‘I become very calm when Gloria is there. Which in my case is a very big achievement (laughs).’
In our job we are often judged on our appearance because we appear on television. But I want to continue to teach myself that I am more than just my appearance. That’s why I don’t wear makeup every day. I want to leave room for my insecurities like my skin.’
Flair’s big dream is that everyone would love to see themselves. Self-love is very central to us. Do you have a lot of self-love?
Gloria Monserez: ‘In our job we are often judged on our appearance because we appear on television. But I want to continue to teach myself that I am more than just my appearance. That’s why I don’t wear makeup every day. I want to leave room for my insecurities like my skin.’
Bart Peeters: ‘I come from a time when you repressed everything. If you weren’t feeling well, you shouldn’t talk about it! I think it’s great that we are discussing all this now. You will also see this reflected in “The Dream Factory”. How I look used to be more of a factor. But I do my best to maintain my physical fitness. Only on odd days, because no one wants to jog every morning (laughs).’
Why are we so hard on ourselves?
Gloria Monserez: ‘I think that has to do with our society. Everything is aimed at making a career, being successful and performing. Social media makes everything so close and you can compare every part of your own life with that of literally everyone in the world.’
Bart Peeters: ‘I think social media does indeed play a major role in this. Moreover, the images we see are often not even reality. All those filters and photoshop, I personally don’t know anything about it! I recently told my son that I have never been photoshopped and he changed that. I thought I would see the ideal version of myself, but he photoshopped me as a pear with Bart Peerters underneath (laughs). That is the perfect example that you can edit photos extremely hard, so we should not worry about that at all.’
Are you susceptible to stereotypical beauty ideals or perfect images?
Gloria Monserez: “I grew up with social media, so it was always there. I noticed that this didn’t necessarily make me happier, so I haven’t been on Instagram for two years now. It is good not to attach too much importance to that. I do what I do, I feel good about it and I don’t need to get any hearts for it.’
Bart Peeters: ‘I’ve been on TV since I was eleven. At twenty-two I had my first serious TV appearance and I remember looking in the mirror just before that first shot and thinking: I don’t actually have a telegenic face, because my nose is too big! I couldn’t change that quickly, so I just resigned myself to it and never thought about it again.’
Just before my first ever TV shoot, I remember looking in the mirror and thinking: I don’t actually have a telegenic face, because my nose is too big! I couldn’t change that quickly, so I just resigned myself to it and never thought about it again.
How many points out of ten would you give your life right now?
Gloria Monserez: ‘An eight! I have to manage my time better. Taking more time to cook a delicious meal for myself or read a good book. I often get too caught up in that rat race of life and run from one thing to another. I’m already working hard on it, but it can be even better.’
Bart Peeters: ‘8.37. That could increase if, like Gloria mentions, I also find a better balance between my work and free time. I need to be able to enjoy small and quiet moments more, as my mother always said.’
Finally: why should we definitely watch ‘The Dream Factory’?
Bart Peeters: ‘It will be talked about anyway and if you don’t watch, you won’t be able to participate. That would be a shame!’
You can see ‘The Dream Factory’ from February 3 every Saturday at 7:45 PM (part 1) and at 8:30 PM (part 2) on VRT 1 and VRT MAX.