The Volkskrant TV selection for Thursday 16 June

Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock in Marc Lawrence’s Two Weeks Notice

Inspection service of value

NPO 3, 20.25

RIVM recently issued the remarkable advice not to eat fish from the Vestschelde due to the high concentrations of PFAS: substances that pose a health hazard. PFAS is used in water-repellent clothing and non-stick pans, among other things, and is almost not biodegradable by nature. Tonight, the value-added service looks back at a report on slip-light pans that has a warning: If they get too hot, a substance that is dangerous to birds could be released. Is it really the only risk with these pans?

hell’s kid

Veronica, 8:30 p.m.

(Action, Guillermo Del Toro, 2004) Pleasantly bizarre cartoon film, crammed with exaggerated effects and absurd characters. The main character is a red devil (Ron Perlman) who ended up on Earth as a baby at the end of World War II. He works for an FBI specializing in supernatural problems along with a literally flammable woman and an old fisherman. Among other things, they receive an elderly Nazi without lips and eyelids who wants to perform a ceremony that brings the seven gods of the Order from another universe.

Ron Perlman in Hellboy by Guillermo Del Toro Statue

Ron Perlman and Guillermo Del Toros Hellboy

The blind side

Only 5, 20.30

(Biopic, John Lee Hancock, 2009) Just twelve years ago, Sandra Bullock was awarded an Oscar for her role as a wealthy housewife in the fact-based sports drama The blind side† She takes care of a rather simple, homeless black boy, Michael Oher, who then blossoms up into an American football professional. But in 2022, the film looks like a relic. Still seamlessly directed, full of gracefully served Christian sentiment, Bullock’s shamelessly emphatic role as a white savior actually makes the film highly interesting as evidence of a rapidly changing time.

Quinton Aaron and Sandra Bullock in John Lee Hancock's The Blind Side Image

Quinton Aaron and Sandra Bullock in John Lee Hancock’s The Blind Side

I woke up from you

NPO 3, 20.59

Sahar Meradji, who comes from Iran, is confronted by the awakened movement that she is different. That’s why she’s in Ik wake van you in search of the faces behind the stream. “I wanted to know what was behind all the polarizing news.” Meradji found that the movement has many aspects, from anti-capitalism to transhealth, which at first glance do not have much to do with each other. “For many people, demanding change has to do with something they have experienced: they have been deprived or oppressed.”

Massive technical errors

National Geographic, at

In 2007, a bridge over the Mississippi River near Minneapolis collapsed during the weight of the evening rush hour. Cars and trucks crashed about 35 meters down. 13 people were killed and 145 people were injured. The I-35W bridge disaster, analyzed in the first episode of a new season of Massive Engineering Mistakes, was the result of design flaws and delayed maintenance. Outdated infrastructure is a major problem in the United States. It is estimated that the country has more than 45,000 problem bridges.

2Doc: Climate rebels, between hope and despair

NPO 2, 22.19

The climate action group Extinction Rebellion regularly makes the media with actions that peacefully break the law. The organization mainly attracts young people who realize that they will soon face the climate problems that are now caused by older generations. In Climate Rebels, Between Hope and Despair, Ingeborg Jansen follows five young activists who want to reverse the trend. They are always ready for a nightly campaign, and if they can make the world a better place, they will not even shy away from an arrest or a criminal record.

Two weeks notice

Kun 5, 23:10

(Romkom, Marc Lawrence, 2002) She is the idealistic single lawyer, he the almighty wealthy real estate agent who appoints her as an adviser. Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant are comfortable as two polar opposites who ultimately cannot avoid each other in this romantic comedy – not surprisingly, but in this genre, of course, that’s exactly the point. Contradictions exist to build a bridge, preferably in a cumbersome and comical way. Bullock and Grant, who at the beginning of this century were considered romcommastodons, have never played together in a movie before. IN Two weeks notice they prove it was wrong: the chemistry is there, the shift from irritation to infatuation is compelling.

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