De Volkskrant TV selection for Friday 26 May

James Wilby (left) and Hugh Grant in James Ivory’s Maurice.


NPO 1, 8.33 pm

History teacher Jurre (Jeroen Spitzenberger) and public prosecutor Sarah (Anniek Pheifer) have grown apart in their marriage. While Sarah works long office hours to put a big drug lord behind bars, Jurre turns into an anonymous crime fighter after rescuing a girl from a sticky situation one night. The new Dutch drama series Anonymously was directed by Diederik van Rooijen, maker of successful series such as Penoza and The ancestor. He wrote Anonymously together with Marnie Blok (Nobody in town).


VRT, 8.45 p.m

Detective Danny Frater (James Nesbitt out Bloodlands) visits the morgue, where a young woman has been brought in. To his horror, it turns out to be his own daughter Christina, with whom he had no contact for a long time. In the British crime series Suspect Frater refuses to believe that Christina committed suicide. The agent begins a search for the truth, in which he gets closer to the killer through a trail of witnesses and suspects. The series consists of eight short episodes, which will be broadcast on two evenings.

Classics with Kleinsma

NPO 1, 9.25 pm

In a new season of Classics with Kleinsma Musical queen Simone Kleinsma receives a number of special guests in her own studio, with whom she dives into the treasure chest of Dutch song. This week Loes Luca is visiting. The actress and comedienne is an admirer of Lou Bandy’s work and tells how she was greatly inspired when she saw Adèle Bloemendaal perform at Carré in Amsterdam. Luca sings the song in the broadcast Farewell letter from an ugly girlaccompanied by the band led by Bernd van den Bos.


Canvas, 9:30 p.m

(Drama, James Ivory, 1987) Atmospheric and stylish film adaptation of EM Forster’s book of the same name, which, according to his wishes, was only released after his death. ‘Publicable, but is it worth it?’ read the manuscript, which traces the development of the young homosexual Maurice in intolerant England in the early twentieth century. Ivory was interested in a film adaptation of the novel after the success of his earlier Forster adaptation A Room with a View. James Wilby plays the title character, Hugh Grant the fellow student in Cambridge with whom he falls in love.

Don’t Say a Word

Just 5, 10:15 pm

(Thriller, Gary Fleder, 2001) Psychiatrist Nathan R. Conrad (Michael Douglas) deals with a difficult patient. Soon after, his daughter is kidnapped. Somewhat unbelievable but solid thriller, based on a novel by Andrew Klavan. Famke Janssen, as Conrad’s wife, has been bedridden from the start because of a broken leg, but nevertheless contributes to the exposure of the criminals who are blackmailing her husband. Set in New York, but some scenes were shot in Toronto and the World Trade Center was cut from the film because of 9/11.

Brittany Murphy and Michael Douglas in Don’t Say a Word by Gary Fleder.

Looted art

NPO 2, 10.17 pm

The Rijksmuseum holds a diamond that Dutch troops stole in 1859 from the violently captured city of Banjarmasin on Borneo. Is it acceptable for a museum to show off stolen goods? Is an explanation about the dubious provenance of Banjarmasin’s diamond in the showcase sufficient to keep the jewel for the collection, or should it be returned to Indonesia? In the first episode of the second season of Looted art Erik Dijkstra investigates these kinds of difficult questions. In the coming weeks he will take a look at foreign museums.

Claire Darling

NPO 2, 00.11 am

(Drama, Julie Bertuccelli, 2018) In this film adaptation of Lynda Rutledge’s novel, elderly, demented Claire Darling (Catherine Deneuve) throws away her entire antique household effects. She has been given a sign that this will be the last day of her life. As the lawn of her mansion turns into a crowded flea market, Claire’s incarnate memories literally slip through. For daughter Marie (Chiara Mastroianni) and childhood friend Martine (Laure Calamy), past and present are also intertwined, while the tragic history of the Darling home is slowly unraveled. The shuffling with the different time dimensions feels forced, but Deneuve (with tastefully tousled hair) and her opponents are fine and the denouement is surprising.

Catherine Deneuve in Julie Bertucelli's Claire Darling Image TMDb
Catherine Deneuve in Claire Darling by Julie BertucelliImage TMDb

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