De Volkskrant TV selection for Monday 12 September

Lies Visschedijk and Fedja van Huêt in Soof by Antoinette Beumer.

2Doc: Civil Guard

NPO 2, 20.25

Police patrolling the neighborhood is an extinct phenomenon in the Netherlands. Where the government withdraws, citizens take the initiative. With neighborhood watch groups on social media or patrolling the streets, they keep an eye out for degeneracy and suspicious things like theft and vandalism. In his documentary the guard Frans Bromet joins Hans Huijgen and the members of Neighborhood Prevention Noord-Rhoon. They left with brightly colored vests and walkie-talkies. But where is the line between attention and interference?

Idris Elba’s Fighting School

NPO 3, 20.25

‘s heavy training program Idris Elba’s Fighting School begins to take revenge after a month. It’s time for another practice boxing match, but the students are suffering from injuries and there is a lot of tension in the group. It apparently requires living together under one roof, and the stress is so high that Chanika and Kerryn no longer want to train in the same boxing ring. Idris Elba, the actor and initiator behind the project, decides it’s time to relax. He takes the whole couple to the VIP premiere of his latest film.


RTL 8, 20.25

(Romkom, Antoinette Beumer, 2013) There is room for improvement in Soof’s life (Lies Visschedijk). Running your catering business is difficult, taking care of housekeeping, stubborn teenage daughters and twin boys. And then there is the man who lives with the family (Fedja van Huêt). Antoinette Beumer skilfully directs the rom-com loosely based on Sylvia Witteman’s columns. Sister Marjolein Beumer, who wrote the screenplay, keeps the dialogue sharp and thanks to Visschedijk, Soof remains a woman of flesh and blood. The unavoidable Soof 2 (2016) airs on TV on Tuesday to get you all warmed up for the launch of Soof 3in the cinema next Thursday.


SBS 9, 8.30 p.m

(Comedy, Paul Feig, 2011) Never seen before: a woman in her wedding dress defecating in the middle of the street. How did Lilian (Maya Rudolph) get into this situation? It all seems to be the fault of her best friend and insecure thirty-something Annie (Kristen Wiig), who was chosen as a bridesmaid along with Lilian’s other best friend, Helen Harris III. Director Feig, writer Wiig and producer Judd Apatow leave the comedy genre’s usual grime entirely to the women, with stunning results. Oscar nominations for the screenplay and for Melissa McCarthy’s supporting role.

Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids by Paul Feig.  Picture

Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids by Paul Feig.

The thirties

NPO 3, 22.05

In the last week of The thirties The big day has come for Alex and Elias. Babs is looking forward to the wedding, but cannot control herself and tells Saar the truth. It does not go unnoticed. The thirties is based on a Flemish original and follows much the same story. It is likely that the series will get a fourth season with us next year, but what happens after that is uncertain. The Flemish version has stopped after four seasons, to be restarted soon with new actors and characters.

Background lighting

NPO 2, 22.20

The current chip shortage makes it painfully clear how much the world has become dependent on microelectronics. Chips are made with advanced lithography machines from a handful of companies that play a key role in the global economy. One of the biggest players in this field is ASML, an inconspicuous company in Veldhoven that started as a Philips subsidiary and grew into a player of global importance. Background lighting explores how ASML has conquered its position and talks to the people who build these mighty machines.


Only 5, 22.20

(Fantasy, Joe Wright, 2015) Director Wright (Anna Karenina, Reconciliation) this time takes on JM Barrie’s famous Peter Pan character. WWII orphan Peter (Levi Miller) is kidnapped to Neverland to dig for pixie dust like thousands of others for pirate leader Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). He meets Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and his future rival Hook (Garrett Hedlund). Little of the simple charm of the Peter Pan story remains, but Jackman is pleasantly crazy as Blackbeard and the WWII setting create charming surrealism (flying pirate ships fired upon by Spitfires).

Levi Miller in Joe Wright's Pan.  Image x

Levi Miller in Joe Wright’s Pan.Image x

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