De Volkskrant TV excerpt for Tuesday 1 November


Denzel Washington (left) and Clive Owen in Spike Lee’s ‘Inside Man’.

As good as it gets

Only 17, 22.55

(Comedy, James L. Brooks, 1997) Jack Nicholson won his third Oscar with As good as it gets, in which he plays grumpy writer Melvin Udall, who stifles all personal contact with unimaginably rude behavior. When the dog of his gay neighbor Simon (Greg Kinnear) gets on his nerves, Melvin puts the animal in the garbage chute. But when Simon is hospitalized by a gang of burglars, Melvin is stuck with the dog and actually awakens some affection in his withered heart. Remarkably balanced blend of tragicomedy and drama.

Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt in James L. Brooks' As Good as It Gets.  Picture

Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt in James L. Brooks’ As Good as It Gets.

House for sale

NPO 3, 20.25

For the new series House for sale broadcaster PowNed scoured the home for sale sites looking for distinctive homes that deserve a showing for a variety of reasons. The residents tell the story of the house they are saying goodbye to. The program visits, for example, the extravagant couple Rob and Natali, who have transformed their mobile home in a recreational park in Moordrecht into a flamboyant castle. Also special is the gigantic villa Paulus from Sint Willebrord with no fewer than three living rooms and a swimming pool.

Phantom thread

SBS 9, 8.30 p.m

(Drama, Paul Thomas Anderson, 2018) Stiff couturier Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) is an inveterate bachelor who never lasts long with his conquests. Then he meets waitress Alma (Vicky Krieps). By their acquaintance i Phantom thread it cracks and she seems to know right away that he is not the strong man he pretends to be. Then a fantastic, disturbing game of cat-and-mouse unfolds, with love and surrender at stake. Phantom threadAnderson’s so many perfect films are an intoxicating, evil and very funny adventure full of surprises.

Vicky Krieps and Daniel Day-Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Phantom Thread'.  Picture

Vicky Krieps and Daniel Day-Lewis in Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’.

Inside man

Veronica, 8:30 p.m

(Crime, Spike Lee, 2006) New Yorker Spike Lee used his own city as the backdrop for this fine, old-fashioned crime thriller. Police Inspector Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) begins his workday with little expectation when a group of bank robbers launch a well-prepared robbery. What follows is a smart duel between the chaste Frazier and the cunning Dalton Russell (Clive Owen), who takes employees and customers hostage. Lee cuts back and forth between the super-controlled action in the bank and the nervous bustle in the street of snipers, curious onlookers and camera crews. A spin doctor (Jodie Foster) hired by the bank further obscures what is going on inside. Nice roles also for Willem Dafoe and Christopher Plummer.

The state of the climate

NPO 1, 20.33

During NPO Climate Week, NOS presents a live program around the question of what is currently happening with the climate. A year after the UN climate summit in Glasgow and shortly before the start of the summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, The state of the climate international agreements. Saïda Maggé and weather forecaster Peter Kuipers Munneke talk to experts and present reports on the consequences of climate change at home and abroad. In the studio, climate change is clarified with virtual presentations.

In the shadow of the World Cup

NPO 2, 21.07

By buying votes, Qatar managed to win the organization of the World Cup. Thousands of foreign workers have been killed during the construction of the stadiums. Other workers have been sent home without full payment before the end of their contracts. In 1978, participation in the controversial World Cup in Argentina was seen as a big mistake in retrospect. Will we soon be looking back at the 2022 World Cup the same way? In the series In the shadow of the World Cup Danny Ghosen talks to journalist colleagues about reporting from Qatar.

The power of Big Oil

NPO 2, 22.40

In the first section, The power of Big Oil see how successful oil lobbying has crippled America’s fight against climate change. The second half tells how, after two lost decades, little came of measures to curb the use of fossil fuels in the decades. Fracking, a method of extracting shale gas from the ground, opened up new fossil fuels. This made the US energy independent, but the environment and climate paid the price.

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