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If you watched season 1 of Van der Valk and can't wait for more, there's some good news to look forward to.
Although delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we're pleased to say there's been progress and the wait is getting closer to an end.
What is Van der Valk About?
Van der Valk is a British television crime drama series about a detective in Amsterdam. The show was originally produced for ITV between 1972-1977. A reboot was produced by ITV and premiered in 2020. Van der Valk is adapted from writer Nicolas Freeling's novels of the same name.
Van der Valk follows Marc Warren (Beecham House) as detective Piet van der Valk as he investigates crimes in the city of Amsterdam. Maimie McCoy (Wallander) stars as Van der Valk's right-hand woman, Lucienne Hassell.
ITV said the new Van der Valk “re-imagines Van der Valk in the contemporary world of Amsterdam and follows an engaging, unapologetic and street-smart detective as he leads his dynamic team in solving a raft of mysterious crimes using astute human observation and inspired detection.”
The first series had 3 120-minute episodes, each covering a different investigation.
When Does Season 2 of Van der Valk Air & Where Can I Watch It?
Van der Valk proved to be very popular and drew a large audience for the first season. It was renewed for a second series before the first had ended.
Van der Valk season 2 was due to start shooting the new season straight away. Unfortunately, May 2020 was during the peak period of the coronavirus shutdown, and filming was put on hold. That didn't stop the writers from developing the scripts, though.
Writer Chris Murray said:
We’re developing some scripts for three more films, hopefully, if we get to – once the virus lifts, hopefully. One is set in the world of the diamond industry, because Amsterdam is famous for its history of being the city of diamonds.
There’s a squatting story which again came out of the history of Amsterdam having a tradition of squatting, and then the final one is going to be about classical music, which again the city has a very vibrant classical music scene.
While there's still no premiere date for the second series, they've now begun filming in Amsterdam. An official air date hasn't been announced yet, but assuming no further disruptions, it's likely to arrive on screens in late 2021 or early 2022.
What's Happening in Series 2 of Van der Valk?
Comments from lead writer Chris Murray suggest that Series 2 will, like Series 1, have three episodes.
In a recent interview, he offered some insight into what will be happening in Season 2:
Against the bustling backdrop of the stunning city of Amsterdam, Van der Valk and his team will continue to investigate and solve compelling murder mysteries in this latest season.
Storylines explored will include an explosive battle between an alternative community and the city’s establishment, the dysfunction of a family at the heart of the city’s historic diamond industry, and sexual exploitation within the world of classical music that goes right to the top.
Michele Buck, CEO at Company Pictures, commented:
We are so excited to have begun production on the second series of Van der Valk and look forward to building on the warmth, humor and camaraderie of the team with another series of suspenseful stories.
Marc Warren (Beecham House) returns as Commissaris Piet Van der Valk. Other returning cast members include Maimie McCoy (All Creatures Great and Small), Luke Allen-Gale (The Borgias), Darrell D’Silva (Domina), Emma Fielding (Years and Years, Les Misérables) and Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Ready Player One).
Michele Buck is the Executive Producer for Company Pictures and Chris Murray is returning as the lead writer and showrunner.
Read the Van der Valk Books
While you're waiting for season 2, you can always immerse yourself in the world by reading the original Van der Valk novels by Nicholas Freeling. It's a slightly different experience since the books were first published in the 1960s – but they're still great books.
Love in Amsterdam is the first of 13 books in the Van der Valk series.
Will You Be Watching Season 2 of Van der Valk?
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