All3Media International – together with partners ARD Degeto, Germany; Masterpiece, USA; ITV, UK; and NPO, Holland – today confirmed that the second season of Amsterdam-based detective series Van Der Valk has begun production.
Michele Buck is Executive Producer for Company Pictures and Chris Murray returns as lead writer and showrunner. Marc Warren reprises his role as Commissaris Piet Van der Valk, and Maimie McCoy, Luke Allen-Gale, Elliot Barnes-Worrell, Darrell D’Silva and Emma Fielding all return to their respective roles, with guest stars soon to be announced.
Michele Buck, CEO at Company Pictures, commented: “We are so excited to have begun production on the second series of Van der Valk and look forward to building on the warmth, humour and camaraderie of the team with another series of suspenseful stories.”
Lead writer Chris Murray says: “Against the bustling backdrop of the stunning city of Amsterdam, Van der Valk and his team will continue to investigate and solve compelling murder mysteries in this latest season. Storylines explored will include an explosive battle between an alternative community and the city's establishment, the dysfunction of a family at the heart of the city's historic diamond industry, and sexual exploitation within the world of classical music that goes right to the top.”
Louise Pedersen, CEO at All3Media International, stated: “We’re delighted to partner with ARD Degeto, Masterpiece, ITV and NPO on Company Pictures’ second season of this wonderful international co-production. Audiences around the world have taken Piet Van der Valk and his team to their hearts and we all can’t wait to see them back in action in the beautiful setting of Amsterdam.”
Sebastian Lückel, Head of Acquisitions and Co-productions at ARD Degeto, added: “Van der Valk is a fantastic, modern crime series with wonderful characters – a drama that creator Chris Murray has infused with heart and humour. We are pleased that production has started in Amsterdam and that Marc Warren and the rest of the congenial cast will solve even more exciting cases in the second season."
All3Media International’s previously announced international sales for the first season included deals with European broadcasters Discovery (Italy), France Televisions (France), NRK (Norway), TV2 (Denmark), TV4 (Sweden), HRT (Croatia, Canal Cosmopolitan (Spain) and a pan-regional deal in the CIS region with Okko, as well as deals to Poland, Lithuania, Italian-speaking Switzerland, Finland, Flemish Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo and Slovenia.
In Asia, the show has played on NHK in Japan and ViuTVsix in Hong Kong. Deals have also been announced in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan in addition to deals signed with ABC (Australia) and Sky (New Zealand). The drama secured further sales with DirecTV in Latin America, and BBC Global Channels will play the title in Africa.
The second series is produced in conjunction with NL Film & TV B.V. Dutch public broadcaster NPO is also onboard, with additional financing by Netherlands Film Production Incentive. NPO will take broadcast rights for the Netherlands. Directors are Jean Van De Velde (episode 1), André Van Duren (episode 2) and Joram Lürsen (episode 3).