Looking back and forward in the series Meanwhile at the Hofvijver

At AVROTROS, January is about the democratic heart of our society: the Binnenhof. A new year is approaching, also in progress with the large-scale renovation of the Binnenhof. What has happened in the past months since the site was locked, and what now? For Splinter Chabot and its program Meanwhile at Hofvijver, the doors to the Binnenhof remain open. From Sunday 8 January, the broadcaster will broadcast the first three episodes once a week, followed by a new episode on the secrets of the Binnenhof on 29 January. In that episode, Splinter delves into secret back rooms, the art depository, hidden symbolism and unearthed archaeological finds.

Political anecdotes and architectural updates
In the meantime at Hofvijver, presenter Splinter Chabot follows the renovation of the Binnenhof with a new broadcast on TV every quarter. Binnenhof is a place with 800 years of political history that is full of stories.

Secrets of the Binnenhof
Behind closed doors, the Binnenhof reveals more and more secrets during the renovation. In the fourth episode, Splinter goes in search of this.

One often talks about Hague backrooms: secret discussions aimed at reaching a political agreement on an issue even before it is discussed publicly. Prime Minister Mark Rutte shares his experiences with Splinter from Torentje. In a short time, Rutte will also have to leave his office to move to another home for the renovation. Will he come back afterwards? Splinter and Rutte are in the General Ministry’s special premises, such as the richly decorated Trêveszaal, where the weekly Council of Ministers takes place.

The political commentator Joost Vullings shares with Splinter how he moves as a journalist in the House of Representatives and how he tries to unravel the politicians’ secret gatherings. How does this cat-and-mouse game work in politics? Together with photographer Bart Maat, Splinter looks back at the photo that revealed the biggest secret of the last cabinet formation: Pieter Omtzigt’s ‘function elsewhere’.

Archaeological and architectural finds
Now that the Binnenhof is fully open and the fountain has been removed, the archaeologists have free rein for their research. The historic walls, floors and stairs, which can be admired in their full splendor after centuries, reveal more and more about the history of this place. Under the Volle Raadzaal, an old wall from the 13th century has emerged.

Even in paintings, carvings and floors, many hidden messages can be found. What secrets did the architects of the past want to share with us? Shards and monuments advisers also take a look at the art depository, which not everyone has access to, to see what special objects are kept there.

Art of the Binnenhof
The Binnenhof is not only rich in political history, but also in several centuries of art. This art is central to the NPO 2 Extra series ‘Art of the Binnenhof’. In the fourth episode, Splinter learns more about the most important statues around Hofvijver from curator Lex van Tilborg. Why are there two statues of Willem van Oranje in The Hague? And is Johan de Witt really pointing his hand at the place where he was murdered in 1672? Who was Jantje from The Hague? And what is the meaning behind the place where the images are placed?

Spokesman Pieter-Bas Beekman gives a tour of Kneuterdijk Palace – the former home of King Willem II – where he gives a special insight into the State Council’s art collection. This palace used to be filled with works collected by the art-loving King Willem II, Pieter-Bas also tells how the palace must have looked before it partially collapsed.

Meanwhile at Hofvijver is a POSVIDEO format, produced by IDTV.

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