Opzoek naar Yolanda

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Opzoek naar Yolanda
Country of originNetherlands
Original language(s) Dutch
Original network VPRO

Opzoek naar Yolanda [lower-alpha 1] was a Dutch dramady television show by Wim T. Schippers, [2] consisting of six episodes aired by the VPRO from October to December 1984. [3] The show (a parody of sitcoms and soap operas, like most of Schippers' shows [4] ) was a continuation of sorts of Schippers' De lachende scheerkwast (1981-1982) and featured some of the same characters. In turn, it was a kind of prequel to We zijn weer thuis , which ran from 1989 to 1994. [4]

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The six episodes were released in 2008 on two DVDs, which also included the Schippers plays Going to the Dogs (1986), Sans rancune (1987), and De bruine jurk (1988). [3]

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  1. Schippers combined two words ("op zoek") into one; it's a regular running linguistic joke in the show, with more than half a dozen other examples noted. [1]

Reference notes

  1. Heytze and Tuinman 96-97.
  2. Koolhaas, Marnix (5 July 2012). "Bij de dood van Ruud van Hemert: Baanbrekend VPRO-regisseur met Wim T. Schippers" (in Dutch). Geschiedenis 24 . Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  3. 1 2 "Deel 3 en 4 van Wim T. Schippers dvd-box te koop!" (in Dutch). Geschiedenis 24. 28 March 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  4. 1 2 Velzen, Joost van (18 June 2008). "Waar hangt Wim T. Schippers toch uit?". Trouw (in Dutch). Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  5. Ouwerkerk, Jacqueline van (7 October 2005). "Waarachtige oninteressantie-Multikunstenaar Wim T. Schippers exposeert!". 8Weekly (in Dutch). Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  6. Eecke, Christophe van (1 September 2008). "De indiscrete charme van We zijn weer thuis". Urbanmag (in Dutch). Retrieved 9 September 2013.
  7. Heytze and Tuinman 20.
  8. Koolhaas, Marnix (5 July 2012). "Bij de dood van Ruud van Hemert" (in Dutch). Geschiedenis24 . Retrieved 19 August 2013.

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