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The Autumn television season in the Netherlands is about to begin, meaning that Dutch people up and down the country will be glued to their TV screens once more. And thanks to the internet, as well a wealth of handy apps for the PC and tablet, Dutch emigrants can now watch most of their favourite Dutch TV programmes abroad, whilst those with a satellite dish can even enjoy live Dutch television on their foreign TV set.
Top 10 television programmes in the Netherlands
Want to discover which Dutch television programs have proved the most popular in recent months? Below is a brief overview (source: Stichting Kijkonderzoek) that will bring you up to speed with the latest in Dutch television and simultaneously ensure that you don’t miss out on any of the action.
N.B.: To find out how to watch Dutch television abroad, whether accompanied by typical Dutch TV snacks (including cocktail nuts or hearty cubes of Dutch cheese) or not, browse our informative blog, “How to watch Dutch television programmes abroad”.
1. Boer zoekt vrouw
This reality dating show has been popular in the Netherlands for years. The 2013 series followed a number of Dutch farmers who had previously emigrated to a variety of different countries, including France, Denmark and Canada, on their search for a new wife under the helpful guidance of Dutch TV presenter, Yvon Jaspers. This Autumn it will be ten farmers living on Dutch soil who will be thrust firmly into the nation’s spotlight in the Boer Zoekt Vrouw 2014 Series, which starts 7th September on KRO.
2. Studio Sport
Those passionate about Dutch football or ice-skating won’t want to miss Studio Sport, a Dutch TV programme dedicated to providing all of the latest sporting news in the Netherlands. Studio Sport is broadcast on an almost daily basis – simply consult your preferred online Dutch TV guide for the relevant TV channels and times.
3. Journaal 20.00
Dutch news is hard to come by on foreign television channels – to keep up to date with what’s happening back home, tune in to the most comprehensive Dutch news roundup, 8 uur journaal.
4. TV Show
Every Sunday, Dutch TV presenter Ivo Niehe interviews a variety of fascinating and unique individuals, from famous Dutch celebrities to unsung heroes with a personal story to tell. Catch up on recent TV Show instalments via Uitzending Gemist and the TV Show website.
5. Wie is de mol
Fans of reality show, Wie Is De Mol, will require a little patience, as the long-awaited new series doesn’t start until January 2015. If you’ve missed Wie is de Mol 2014 however, you can enjoy the entire series via the Wie Is De Mol website.
There’s usually not a dry eye in the house during an episode of Spoorloos – the moving Dutch TV programme that aims to reunite long lost family members. The new series of Spoorloos begins on 1st September on KRO, whilst old episodes of this compelling tearjerker can be viewed via the KRO Spoorloos website.
7. Goede tijden slechte tijden
GTST (as Goede Tijden Slechte Tijden is more fondly known) has been stirring Dutch audiences for decades. And, as it’s now available via satellite TV on RTL4, those living abroad need no longer miss their favourite Dutch soap opera. Old episodes can be viewed at RTLXL.
8. Voice of Holland
The Voice of Holland has proved time and again that there’s plenty of home grown singing talent in the Netherlands. Those curious about which Dutch pops stars are waiting to be discovered, can tune in to the Autumn season of Voice of Holland beginning on 30th August 3 on RTL 4, or revisit old episodes via RTLXL.
9. Floortje naar het einde van de wereld
That the Dutch are an adventurous bunch is abundantly clear from the large number of Dutch emigrants scattered around the world. Yet, even non-emigrants have a taste for international travel as globetrotter, Floortje Dessing, reveals in her Dutch TV show, Floortje naar het einde van de wereld. This informative travel programme is broadcast on BNN, whilst past episodes may be viewed via the Floortje naar het einde van de wereld website.
10. All you need is love
Unfortunately you’ll need to wait several months for the brand new series of this romantic Dutch TV program in which secret admirers finally reveal their love interest in public. Alternatively, previous episodes of All you need is love, can be viewed via RTLXL.
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