Van der Valk
is a British television series that was produced by Thames Television for the ITV network. It starred Barry Foster in the title role as Dutch
detective Commissaris "Piet" (real name Simon) van der Valk. Based on the characters and atmosphere (but not the plots) of the novels of Nicolas Freeling, the first series was shown in 1972.
The theme from the series
was an unexpected chart hit.
This cop show has examples of these tropes:
- Break Away Pop Hit: the theme tune, Eye Level, played by the Simon Park orchestra, became a smash hit in its own right.
- The Netherlands: Made in Britain, performed in English, set in Holland. (Then again, the books were written in English by an English writer.)
- Video Inside, Film Outside: Shot in studios in England (on video) with location filming taking place in Amsterdam, shot on 16mm film.