De Volkskrant TV excerpt for Tuesday 24 January

Avery Brooks (left) and Edward Norton in Tony Kaye’s ‘American History X’.

Dream school

NPO 3, 20.25

The students of Dream school taught this week by two well-known teachers. Speaker Ben Tiggelaar challenges them to think about their purpose in life. The answer is initially disappointing: Davey does not feel like an intellectual challenge, and Julian wants above all to become rich and successful. The other teacher is Najib Amhali, the actor and comedian whose career stalled due to alcohol and drug addiction. Amhali’s honest story appeals to Davey. Soraya is also touched: someone close to her has a drug problem.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Veronica, 8:30 p.m

(Action, Brad Bird, 2011) Animation specialist Bird (the iron giant, The incredible, Ratatouille), just like the directors before him – Brian De Palma (1996), John Woo (2000) and JJ Abrams (2006) – put their own stamp on the film franchise around Tom Cruise as a super spy. This is most visible in the tightly arranged action scenes. Almost instantly classic is Cruise’s nerve-wracking ascent to the reflective exterior of the 123rd floor of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai, the tallest structure in the world at 829.8 meters. The camera is on his skin, the viewer climbs along.

Tom Cruise in 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' by Brad Bird.  Statue

Tom Cruise in ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ by Brad Bird.


SBS 9, 8:30 p.m

(Biopic, Oliver Stone, 2016) In a way, it is Snowden the recordings of the documentary Citizen four from 2014, the thrilling account of Laura Poitras, who first contacted Edward Snowden. IN Snowden we see her character, played by Melissa Leo, fiddling with the camera in the Hong Kong hotel room. Where three nervous journalists and one former employee of the American intelligence services make the first revelations, the director Stone shows the core of his film. Moreover, in fairly conventional retrospectives, he outlines the development of the world’s most famous whistleblower (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone's Snowden.  Statue

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone’s Snowden.

Test case

NPO 1, 21.22

You buy them in the hardware store and sometimes even in the supermarket: safes that are just big enough for valuable documents, small valuables and cash. You can get such a hotel safe for less than 100 euros, but how long does it take a burglar to break it open? Consumer magazine Test case try it out this week. Amber Kortzorg and the team are also investigating The checkout how to best transport your pet in the car. Many people lose their dogs in the back seat, but it turns out to be far from safe.


NPO 3, 22.15

When 112 dispatcher Joyce (Jenny Mijnhijmer) picks up the phone in the drama series Need it is always the question of what is going on on the other side of the line. Is it a medical emergency, a threatening situation, or another cry for help? This week, Joyce receives a call from Pablo, who doesn’t have an emergency, but mainly wants to know how agents work in relation to his own activities. Joyce doesn’t trust it and hangs up, but when Pablo calls back a little later, she senses that the caller’s situation has become threatening.

Hour of the wolf: Steffen Morrison’s soul

NPO 3, 22.39

Ten years ago Holland became acquainted with Steffen Morrison thanks to Holland’s voice. With his Band of Brothers, the soul singer became a welcome guest at music festivals, and in 2019 he performed at North Sea Jazz. Marcel de Vré made the documentary Steffen Morrison’s soul, in which, in addition to the dedicated artist’s music, his life story also goes by. Morrison came from Suriname to the Netherlands at the age of 12 and witnessed the Bijlmer disaster a day later. He incorporated his story into the theater production The art of being human.

American History X

SBS 9, 23:10

(Drama, Tony Kaye, 1998) American History X sometimes drowns in (visual) rhetoric, but the drama – with Edward Norton as a reformed neo-Nazi trying to keep his brother (Edward Furlong) on ​​the right path – grabs you by the throat. This cult classic also symbolized a dark period in director Kaye’s life. A conflict between the filmmaker, protagonist Norton, and the studio New Line Cinema resulted in Kaye losing control of the film’s final edit. He unsuccessfully tried to remove his name from the credits. Kaye fell into a depression and only got out of the trough with her strong teacher drama secession (2011).

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