De Volkskrant TV excerpt for Monday, January 2

Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet by Baz Luhrmann.

Cool Dap

NPO 3, 13.50

(Youth, Barbara Bredero, 2017) The clever film adaptation of Annie MG Schmidt’s poem begins with a handful of references to the source material. There is a giraffe and a boy slipping off his neck; there are lumps and new red boots. Then switch Cool Dap For an independent story: A little boy always thought that the giraffe would go to kindergarten with him. Director Barbara Bredero films the young Liam de Vries at eye level, so that even the adults feel how overwhelming the first day of school was.

Liam de Vries in Dikkertje Dap by Barbara Bredero.  Picture

Liam de Vries in Dikkertje Dap by Barbara Bredero.


NPO 3, 19.20

The 11-year-old Lampje (Lotte Jonker) is the daughter of lighthouse keeper Augustus (Gijs Naber) and must light the big lamp in the tower every evening. When the matches run out, the tower remains dark and a ship crashes on the shore. Augustus flies to prison and Lampje has to work in the Black House, where a monster is said to live. The youth series Light is based on the book by Annet Schaap, which was awarded the Nienke van Hichtum Prize, the Gouden Griffel and the Woutertje Pieterse Prize. The episodes will air over the next four nights.

Save Venice

Canvas, 10 p.m

Sea level rise puts coastal cities at risk of wet feet. Venice has been struggling with the danger of flooding for much longer. Save Venice explains how its location on the lagoon was once of great economic and strategic value to Venice. The documentary shows how a system of water barriers must protect the city and its historic buildings. Project Mose consists of dams in the lagoon’s entrances, which move at high tide. In this way, the city will remain worth admiring in the future.

Winter visitors

NPO 2, 22:09

The next three evenings pass Winter visitors visiting international celebrities who offer a glimpse of what fascinates them through self-selected video fragments. Tonight it’s Janine Abbring in Bournemouth, England, where Jane Goodall grew up and is spending the holidays. Goodall became known for his studies of the behavior of great apes and is one of the world’s best-known primatologists. Since the 1980s, she has drawn attention to the preservation of the jungle, awareness of climate change and the importance of a sustainable lifestyle.

Romeo + Juliet

BBC2, at 11pm

(Drama, Baz Luhrmann, 1996) Australian director Baz Luhrmann already had a reputation for radical theatrical adaptations in his home country when he approached Romeo + Juliet ventured. Luhrmann, who previously met Strictly Ballroom delivered a pleasant dance film, but did not yet enjoy the fame he achieved five years later with Moulin Rouge! wanted to experience, thoroughly tackled Shakespeare’s love tragedy. Verona became Verona Beach, and stage directions became clip-like news columns. But he kept much of the original text intact – even though Luhrmann’s film is much more about images and music than about spoken words. The result is overwhelming. You don’t often see Shakespeare so loud, sexy and dirty.

The Shawshank Redemption

BBC1, 11.30pm

(Drama, Frank Darabont, 1994) A remarkably conventional prison film, really, but the underlying story of Stephen King is so strong that you just have to melt. Tim Robbins plays the convicted murderer who is brought into the 1940s Shawshank. Narrator Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman), a veteran of the complex, sees how quickly the outsider adapts, works his way up and assumes the tyrannical leadership. The story lends itself very well to existential questions and themes of camaraderie and betrayal, with a brilliant ending as a bonus.

Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption by Frank Darabont.  Picture

Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption by Frank Darabont.

Paul Verhoeven and the comeback of Show girls

NPO 2, 23:49

After his blockbusters RoboCop, total recall and Primal instinct expectations for Paul Verhoeven’s next Hollywood film were high. The sexy drama Show girls, about a group of young women in the competitive Las Vegas show world, however, was a huge flop that was mercilessly slammed by critics. Nevertheless, the film grew into a cult classic in the years that followed. Was this how Verhoeven intended the film? In his documentary You don’t Nomi Jeffrey Hale explores the cultural influence of Show girls.

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