Thuis

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Thuis
Genre Soap opera
Created by
  • Luc Beerten
  • Winnie Enghien
  • Jan Matterne Jr.
  • Paul Schellekens
Theme music composer
  • Bart Ketelaere
  • David Baeck
Country of origin Belgium
Original languageDutch
No. of seasons26
No. of episodes5,050 (as of 25 June 2021)
Production
Running time25 minutes
Distributor Eén
Release
Audio formatStereo
Original release23 December 1995 (1995-12-23) 
present
External links
Website

Thuis (English: At Home) is a Belgian television soap opera, which airs on één, which is in the hands of VRT, the national broadcasting channel of the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium, Flanders.

Contents

Thuis first aired on 23 December 1995, featuring Pol Goossen, Janine Bischops  [ nl ], Merel De Vilder Robier  [ nl ], Sally-Jane Van Horebeeck  [ nl ], Annick Segal  [ nl ], Monika Van Lierde  [ nl ], Rik Andries  [ nl ] and the late Donald Madder  [ nl ].

Thuis grew to become Flanders' number one soap, gaining 900,000 viewers[ when? ] (compared to the highest rated TV show, receives 1.5 million viewers), and therefore beating competing for channel vtm's soap operas Familie (English: Family) and former series Wittekerke (English: White Church, a fictional town).[ not verified in body ]Thuis is currently in its 26st season, and has aired 4,925 episodes as of 01 January 2021.

Plot

Season 11

Following a long period of doubt, Robert Swerts is discovered to be the serial killer and rapist and is arrested. Renzo Fierens is arrested for drug dealing. Dr. Geert Smeekens replaces Michael Bastiaens in the doctor's office alongside Ann De Decker. Jenny Verbeeck - Van Goethem returns from the south of France, while Eva Verbist and Nandje Reimers leaves due to Nandje's leukemia.

Season 12

Eva begins a relationship with Maarten who turns out to be just as jealous and obsessed as Jan, his brother and her late husband. He kills his mother, Mathilde, for poisoning Eva to prevent her leaving the country and for and killing his father who learned of this. Maarten also takes over the health business of Werner, his rival for Eva's affection. Femke discovers that Maarten is the culprit and warns Werner. However, Maarten restrains Eva in their home and sets it on fire so that he, Eva, and her son, Nandje, can be together in death.

Season 13

This season saw the introduction of Sonja and Ludo De Backer, Dorien's parents. Later on this season, civil law notary Peter Vlerick, played by Geert Hunaerts, will be introduced as a Bastiaens family friend. Meanwhile, Lien Van de Kelder ended her three-episode guest appearance. However, she was slated to return as Sofie Bastiaens on 21 November 2007.

At the end of last season, Kristin Arras her character Mathilde Reimers was murdered and written out. She's the only character to disappear from the main cast from season 12. The characters introduced last season and part of the main cast, but not yet of the opening titles were all added to the opening titles. These were Viktor Corthout and Sandrine Verbeelen (first individual shots in intro in episode 3 of season 13), Dorien De Backer and Youssef Bakali (first individual shots in intro in episode 4 of season 13). Daisy a supporting character in season 12 was also added to the main cast and the opening titles (first individual shot in intro in episode 4 of season 13). It wasn't quite certain if she would play a more important role this season. Surprisingly, Julia was also added to the opening titles, and had her first individual shot in the intro in episode 2 of season 13. Julia only appeared in a few episodes of season 12 and was considered a guest character. She still has to appear this season.

It was announced in early 2007 that Marie Van Goethem played by Patsy Vandermeeren, Werner Van Sevenant played by Peter Van Asbrouck, Eva Verbist played by Nathalie Wijnants and Leontien Vercammen played by Marijke Hofkens will leave onscreen in 2007.

Season 14

Eric and Martine's daughter Sofie is missing, last seen at a wedding. Her body is found and a police investigation begins. Nancy tries to reveal that Femke's new lover, Mike, is actually Femke's father. Mike tries to kill Nancy, and Femke suspects Mike is Sofie's killer. Mike stalks Femke and is fatally stabbed by Erik, who is absolved of murder. Femke later accepts an inheritance left by Mike and falls in love with Peter.

Leo makes a bad investment, defrauded by Mike, and Femke helps return the money. Dorien falls in love with classmate Jonas, threatening her marriage to Sam. Sam and Dorien move to Lanzarote to pursue her dream. Waldek falls for Kris who turns him down after a passionate weekend.

Peggy returns to have an abortion, but agrees for Ann to adopt the child. Jenny's daughter, Bianca, is to marry her young love, Tom De Decker. Tom arrives to donate a kidney to his ill mother, Marianne, and Peggy reveals that Tom is the father of her child, Sandrine. Not wishing to cause a break between Tom and Bianca, Peggy leaves. However, Bianca cancels the marriage plans and starts a relationship with Mo.

Waldek quits his job and Luc tells Rosa about the affair, so that she decides to divorce. Cois and Julia marry and depart for their honeymoon. Katrien and Paulien decide to throw a party but their father forbids it; they drug him and he falls into a coma.

Season 15

There is a custody dispute as Tom and Peggy want to keep their baby. The court decides that Ann will be Sandrine's adoptive mother.

Eddy tries to prevent Jelena's deportation by faking a marriage, but is unsuccessful. She asks Waldek to try and they fall in love. When Joery learns, he asks Eddy to kill Waldek in a car accident, but Eddy ends up hitting Mo and Bianca.

Herman, an ex-lover of Simonne, arrives with his son, Bram, who is rebellious until Herman becomes sick. Simonne falls in love with Herman, who dies. She promises Herman to take care of Bram until he is an adult, but Frank is not pleased when Bram moves in.

Season 16

Before his death, Herman tells Frank where his son Bram can find €50,000 of black-market money, but Frank keeps the money for himself. Franky and Simonne convince Frank to give Bram the money in stock, but a dispute causes Frank to change his mind and Bram stabs him. Franky claims responsibility and spends several weeks in youth prison. It is later revealed that Franky did this because he wants to be in a relationship with Bram, and Franky is disowned by his father for being gay.

Rosa distances herself from her ex-husband, Waldek, by pursuing Luc, and they become engaged. However, she feels pity for Waldek, who can't get over Jelena's death. In the end, she fails to appear at the wedding ceremony, choosing to be with Waldek.

Femke's business is almost broke. Raffael, who claims to be her half-brother, moves to Belgium and falls in love with Femke. Femke rejects him, and Raffael sets hotel Ter Smissen on fire during Rosa and Waldek's wedding party. At the same time, Luc and Freddy get into a fight over stealing Sanitechniek stock for insurance fraud; Freddy threatens to tell the police but Luc knocks him onto a table, breaking his neck.

Paulien becomes pregnant and Bram changes his mind a few times but concludes that he doesn't want to be a father and that Pauline should have an abortion. Upset, Pauline reveals to Simonne that Bram stabbed Frank, and Frank launches a raid on Bram.

Tom and Peggy buy Femke's loft, which needs renovation. They stay with Marianne though Peggy can't stand her. Later, it is revealed that Marianne paid Sanitechniek to delay the work.

Season 17

Marianne is found guilty of the Ter Smissen hotel fire and Freddy's death, and must pay a large sum to Rosa and Freddy's son.

Raffael continues his secret love affair with Femke. When Femke becomes pregnant by Peter, Raffael puts lovage in her food to cause a miscarriage. Doctor Ann informs the police, while Peter makes Femke leave and Raffael is put under psychiatric care. Peggy ends her relationship with Tom after he tried to kidnap Robin. Later, she begins dating Peter which displeases Femke and Tom. Tom begins dating his secretary, Lynn, while Femke becomes depressed and addicted to drugs.

Rosa and Jenny start a bed and breakfast, overcoming the establishment's prior image as a swingers club. Leo moves his taxi company; he falls in love with Jenny and when he tries to inform his girlfriend, Yvette, she suffers a stroke. Some time later, Yvette becomes suspicious and ends their relationship.

Fien and Jens quarrel and she leaves. Her DNA and earring are found in Guy's apartment, and Guy tells Julia that he killed Fien on an impulse. In court Tom convinces the judge that Fien died due to a hereditary heart disease, and Guy is released. Unable to forget Fien, Jens leaves.

Franky's relationship with his new boyfriend, Tibo, is in risk when Tibo learns about Frank's stabbing. They promise not to have secrets, but Tibo is hiding a fifteen-year-old daughter, Jana, who lives with her lesbian mother, Ellen. Franky is shocked but later asks Tibo to marry him, while hiding the fact that Jana is in love with Bram.

Mayra moves in with Ann and starts a jewelry business, but her inventory is stolen by Kasper, the son of Rosa and Waldek, who owes money to criminals. Marianne's husband Geert keeps inviting Mayra's father, David, and Marianne realizes she has feelings for David. Eddy returns and, after successfully hobby-brewing beer with Frank and Waldek, they buy a brewery with Geert and David as investors.

At Franky and Tibo's wedding, the gifts are stolen by Kasper. Marianna and David end up in bed where David suffers a stroke. Jana and Bram are caught together by Tibo. Simmone quarrels with a drunk Frank and is hit by a car driven by Femke, who doesn't notice.

Season 18

Kasper delivers the stolen money to the criminal organization. He finds Simmone who has brain injury. Peggy loans Kasper money to conceal the theft. Femke is interrogated by Tim, who makes a procedural error but Femke is determined to face justice. She is given a large fine and has to sell her loft. She moves in with her mother but after a conflict with Eddy she moves to Tim.

The criminal organization hides drugs in the B&B. Sandrine, believing it is sugar, is rushed to hospital. Ann withdraws Peggy's visitation rights over the incident. Later, Guy holds Sandrine, Mayra and Marianne hostage, which Peggy uses as an argument that the doctor's home is no safer.

Peggy buys pepper spray when she learns that rapist Axel has been released, and uses it on a burglar in her bistro. The burglar, Kasper, falls and dies, and Peggy decides to sell the bistro. Franky and Jens buy the building and open a trendy pub.

After Geert learns his wife Marianne slept with David he wants divorce and leaves the practice, replaced by Judith. David is fired from the brewery, which nears bankruptcy without his knowhow and is sold. David moves away though Marianne refuses to go with him. Luc is surprised at the sudden appearance of his 16-year-old son, Lowie, whose mother died. Lowie starts a relationship with Jana, who learns she is pregnant by Bram. Against her wishes, Franky gets in touch with Bram who returns, and Jana ultimately chooses to be with Bram. Lowie is taken to hospital after binge drinking and falsely claims that Franky served him alcohol at the pub. Franky and Jens receive a small fine as there was insufficient proof.

Yvette burns her hands and moves into a rest home where her roommate is Madeleine, who has amnesia and diabetes. One day Ann forgets a protocol which leads to Madeleine dying of an insulin overdose, and Ann's medical license is suspended for three months. Geert moves temporary back to the medical practice .

Eddy and Frank are installing fake merchandise and selling the real goods on the Internet. Eddy persuades Luc to continue the swindle. Among the merchandise is a boiler installed at the B&B, which causes Jana to collapse from carbon monoxide poisoning and miscarry. Eddy is arrested and Frank turns himself in, while Luc feigns ignorance. Tom tries to seduce Judith to the dismay of his former girlfriend, Lynn. Lynn tells doctor Judith that she was raped by Tom. Lynn's father claims he can save Tom if Marianne marries him, and she agrees. When Lynn learns of this she withdraws her accusation, negating the deal.

Frank and Eddy are released on conditions and want to beat Luc. Lowie is upset with Luc for lying about their past. Jana, Tibo and Bram are furious as proof comes out that Luc knew about the swindle. Everyone is together for Peter and Peggy's wedding, and as they leave the church an unconscious and injured Luc is found.

Season 19

Luc survives, and Jana, Tibo and Bram each confess to his attempted murder. Eventually, Lowie confesses and produces the weapon used. Luc does not charge his son, so Lowie is sentenced to charity work at a library. Despite a court order to stay with Luc, Lowie stays with Julia; he feels betrayed when he learns they are dating again, but reconciles when he realizes they are serious about each other. Frank and Eddy are discharged from the swindle after Luc admits to forcing their participation.

Tibo is fired after trying to suffocate Luc; he leaves with Franky, who assigns Bram to manage the pub. Later, Bram leaves the country; Jana wants to go with him but he sneaks away so she'll finish high school.

Jens begins teaching guitar to fourteen-year-old Emma, who has a crush on him. When Jens tells her he's not interested in her, Emma allows her mother to come to a wrong conclusion and have Jens arrested for pedophilia. Jens is exonerated and Emma moves in with her father.

Frank starts work at an odd-jobs company where a prank with co-workers Adil and Toon leads to his electrocution. Toon is fired and gets a job with Luc's new team-building company, then is reassigned to De Kabouters.

Tim learns Femke is pregnant. He stops her outside a wedding for an alcohol test and catches her in parole violation. Later, Femke is released, still pregnant. It is revealed that Peter is the father and he leaves his wife Peggy to move in with Femke, who delivers a son, Lucas. When Jens moves away, Paulien and Femke take over the pub.

Mayra also wants to have a child, and she and Ann convince Kurt to be a sperm donor but he changes his mind when this becomes public knowledge. Obsessed, Mayra has sex with multiple men, and one night is raped by Kurt. Waldek stops Kurt, and some days later Kurt's body is found in the river, and Waldek remembers pushing him in. Mayra finds she is pregnant by Kurt. Waldek is discharged due to lack of evidence.

Mayra and Marianne have a quarrel and fall from the stairs. Emma is kidnapped by a Facebook chat-friend, possibly Geert. Judith and Tom drive to Geert's country house, but find no trace of Geert or Emma. Peggy kidnaps Lucas at a party and heads to a lake to commit murder-suicide. Rosa and Frank discover what's going on and both drive with their car to the lake. There is a car accident but it is not known who is involved.

Season 20

Rosa has a car accident and is in coma for several weeks. Frank stops Peggy from killing herself and Lucas. Femke starts a lawsuit against Peggy but cannot prove the murder attempt. Peggy is declared non compos mentis and goes to a mental institution. Tim determines that officer Danny kidnapped Emma. Geert is discharged and wants a divorce as Marianne didn't believe him. Marianne assigns Eddy as her assistant. She accuses Geert of not helping a person in an emergency and has his medical license suspended. She offers Eddy money to beat her so she can accuse Geert of domestic violence. As Eddy refuses Marianne harms herself. Marianne goes to rehabilitation and cancels her complaint. She starts dating William. Geert begins dating Hélène who convinces him to sue Marianne for wage loss, receiving €160,000.

Lowie buys a house and rents rooms to Olivia, Paulien, Jana, Tim and Sam. Jana moves back to Frank and Simonne's after learning Lowie cheated on her. Paulien asks Adil and Lowie to pose half naked for a book's cover photo, and they agree as long as their faces aren't shown. However, Lena chooses a photo with Adil's face and persuades Paulien to give approval. Adil feels betrayed, especially when he learns the book is about homosexuality.

Peggy sells her shares in the taxi company which are bought by Femke. Jenny has a heart attack when Luc announces he sold half of his shares in Zus & Zo to Peter. Feeling she is too old Jenny sells her shares to Peggy.

Sam is pregnant and wants an abortion as she was abandoned as an infant. After a conversation with Simonne she decides to keep the baby. Sam searches her biological mother and is upset when it turns out to be Simonne. Simonne was misled by her mother Yvette De Backe when Sam was born.

Julia marries Luc and kicks him out when she learns he has been embezzling from the team-building company. Co-owners Peter and Femke blackmail Luc, threatening to inform the police unless he hands over the property and his shares. Louis determines that Luc drove Leontien off the road and is responsible for her death.

Frank and Simonne hold a 20th anniversary party. Franky returns but won't attend and has shocking news: he's divorced Tibo – and will be undergoing gender reassignment surgery. The party is a success until a video montage shows an inserted confession from Luc asking for forgiveness. Elsewhere, Luc hangs himself.

Geert marries Hélène and William convinces Marianne to marry him. Marianne reads emails on Hélène's phone and suspects she is having a secret affair with a man named Henri and is about to lose €160,000. She reveals her suspicions to Geert in front of Hélène and William. Moments later, Ann and Mayra rush in to the sound of screams and find Marianne holding a bloody knife over a dead Geert. Marianne claims Hélène is the killer but Hélène and William say it was Marianne.

Season 21

Luc survives the suicide attempt but has to learn to speak again. Frank convinces Simonne to let Yvette come back into their home. Marianne is arrested for Geert's murder. Hélène and William have a secret affair and plotted to kill Geert and Marianne to inherit all their possessions. Marianne and William temporarily move to Tuscany. Hélène claims William tried to drown her. Tom confronts William, but Marianne says that William changed his mind and they're really in love. Marianne becomes suspicious when William hides a gun in their home. Confronting him at her 70th birthday party she suffers a cardiac arrest and demands a divorce. Danny is on trial for kidnapping and sexual misbehaviour to Emma. He escapes during transport and holds Emma and Sam hostage in the De Kabouters warehouse. Toon intervenes when Danny is going to shoot Sam, and is himself shot in the lungs. Police storm in and arrest Danny, who commits suicide in jail. Lena accepts Jens' wedding proposal which she'd rejected days before. Jens runs to the taxi to give her the engagement ring but is struck by a car driven by Paulien. He dies on Christmas Day at the same time Hannah, daughter of Tim and Sam, is born.

Waldek has lost his feelings for Rosa and moves into Frank's house. Rosa and Peggy suspect Waldek has an affair with Julia, which turns out to be true. Peter and Femke become the owners of the Zus&Zo, kick out Rosa and Peggy and start a new team-building business.

Franky completes gender reassignment and wants to be addressed as Kaat. Frank can't accept Kaat and breaks contact. Toon is intrigued by Kaat until he learns she was a man. Others accept Kaat who starts working for De Withoeve. Frank tries to win back Simonne but she wants a divorce if he won't accept Kaat.

Femke buys the car from Zus & Zo, and has a collision which kills Lucas. Peggy is suspected of tampering with the car, but a drunk Eddy confesses. Eddy is sent to prison and Nancy divorces.

Lowie receives pictures of Olivia and Arne together and becomes jealous. She ends their relationship. Jessica reveals to Tamara that she's sending the pictures with Arne's cooperation. Olivia grows closer to Arne despite not reciprocating his love. At a party, he puts a date rape drug in her drinks and takes pictures whilst raping her.

Femke and Peter's wedding was cancelled due to Lucas' death, and Peter secretly arranges a new ceremony. Femke books their first customer for LEV on the same day and doesn't notice what's happening and leaves. Nancy informs her. Femke feels guilty and reorganizes the wedding.

In agreement with the new attorney at Tom's office, Hélène meets with William to record their conversations. Unaware of this, Tom thinks she is violating her bail conditions. Hélène goes missing and her body is found in William's house. Meanwhile, William tries to suffocate Marianne in her hospital room. Tom catches William but is overpowered.

Season 22

Judith knocks-out William, saving Tom and Marianne. William is arrested. Marianne and Rosa trick him, leading to a fraud investigation and the recovery of Marianne's money.

Arne starts seeing a psychiatrist and Jana, who interns there, learns that Arne drugged Olivia and tells her. Olivia confronts Arne who tries to kill himself. Jana is expelled by the university for ethics violation.

Karen, a new partner in Tom and Peter's law practice, wants to throw Peter out for losing clients. Peter resigns but sells most of his shares to Tom, giving him a majority. In revenge, Karen tries to get Eddy out of jail by saying that he was acting under Peter's orders. At the last moment, Eddy says that Karen manipulated him and does not agree to her plea. Eddy is sentenced to 5 years but is released on probation after several months.

Femke gives birth to a son, Vic. Jenny and Leo visit Bianca in Morocco, where Jenny stays to help during Bianca's pregnancy. The day Jenny returns, she has a fatal stroke. Charité starts a relationship with Renzo but is astonished when her husband - thought killed in a civil war - appears. Adam faces deportation, having entered the country illegally.

Frank comes to accept Kaat, but Simmone already concluded their marriage is over. Blaming Kaat, Frank attacks her and is stopped by Toon. Yvette confronts Frank over this during which she suffers a heart attack; she dies. Eventually Frank and Simonne move back together, Frank knowing that she had an affair with Waldek. Toon and Kaat start dating, but Toon leaves her brokenhearted with a letter saying he can't return her feelings.

Julia confronts Simonne and Waldek over their affair; they claim it ended and they never had sex, though Julia does not believe them. Julia goes missing and evidence suggests she was murdered by Waldek, who is jailed. Julia appears months later with a Goth makeover, acting like nothing happened. Waldek is released. Sam fires Frank after he has another fight with Waldek.

Tom gets Stan and Emma's help to propose to Judy. Ann and Mayra decide to marry, but a video of Mayra trying to rape Jessica is put on social media, and Ann throws Mayra out. A hearing determines they should have shared custody of Sandrine, which displeases Ann.

Sam's business is almost bankrupt and decides to do a job off the books, but the client refuses to pay since they didn't have a contract. Frank and Youssef demolish the work but are caught by the police.

Julia goes crazy, pouring boiling water over Luc and putting sleeping pills in his cookies, risking his life. Waldek is missing, shown bound, and the police suspect Eddy and Frank.

Karen's estranged brother, Kobe, arrives to tell her that their mother died. He starts working as a cook at De Withoeve. During a business lunch with Steven Lambrechts, it is revealed that Kobe is actually Karen's son and Steven is his father.

Season 23

Luc appeals to an escort but she eats a poisoned cookie and dies. Waldek is captured by Julia who threatens revenge on all who harmed her. She reveals to have killed her ex-husband. Julia sends Mayra poisoned chocolates resulting Mayra and Sandrine are being admitted to hospital. Rosa discovers evidence in Julia's cookbook and informs the police, who arrest her. Karen explains her mother raised Kobe as Steven was engaged to another woman and she didn't feel she could raise Kobe. Steven informs Karen he has ALS which Kobe may have inherited. Kobe can't handle this and starts taking drugs. Kobe blames Kaat when he is fired and tells Karen he killed Kaat. Kaat is found alive and taken to hospital. Tom and Judith marry, but the reception is a disaster. Ann is furious there's no place for her lover, Jessica, and their relationship is slighted in Marianne's speech, provoking Ann to propose marriage. Jessica breaks off the relationship, feeling that she's treated as a trophy. Ann declares that Tom and Karen are having an affair. Judith is heartbroken and leaves Tom, while Ann pressures Judith to kick Marianne out of the house. Judith wants an immediate divorce. The judge orders that they share their belongings, so a furious Judith saws their furniture in half. They sell their house which is bought by Ann. Without asking, Marianne moves in at Tom's place. Stan can convince his mother to sign papers so Tom becomes his adoption father. After a medical test, it turns out Adil his semen is of low quality so he and Paulien start an In vitro fertilization-treatment. Luc does not want to live anymore and he signs papers to get a euthanasia. His last wish is to go on a road trip with Lowie and Frank. He dies on their way to Valencia. Marianne and Leo are sure Tom spoils Stan too much. Since he moved in at Tom's house, Stan became a rude boy with many strings on his bow. When Leo confronts Stan, Stan tells him he had hoped Marianne died when she was taken into hospital. Leo cuffs his ear. Stan, feigning to have a brain concussion, convinces Tom to inform the police. Mayra gives birth to Zoë. Afraid the baby will have disability due to the poisoned cookies, she switches the newborn with another. Some weeks later she learns that their daughter died, but carries on as if nothing is wrong. After a blood test on Zoë, Waldek gets suspicious about Zoë's blood group. Doctor Judith confirms Waldek can't be the father. Mayra flees away with Zoë but loses control over the car and crashes in a ditch. Whilst still in the car, she confesses Zoë is neither her child. The car gets on fire. At same time, Leo wants to apologize Stan for hitting him. Stan pushes Leo against the wall breaking his skull. Stan leaves the house as nothing has happened. A bleeding unconscious Leo is found by Marianne and Tom.

Season 24

Leo survives the attack. Waldek is able to save Mayra and Zoë from the car. He demands her to leave so she moves to Cape Verde.

Dries starts working at the law firm, but his real intention is to sue Karin as she committed fraud in a case in which Dries his father (and many other people) should have gotten a huge amount of money which she darkened. He succeeds and she is suspended for a year.

Tamara is pregnant of Bob. When she informs him he ends their relationship as he does not want a child yet. After babysitting for Emile, a pupil in Olivia's class whose father Lander works at the taxi company, Bob realizes he does like children. He pleases Tamara to restart their relationship but she rejects.

Steven marries Rosa. As his ALS takes overhand, he commits euthanasia. Just before dying he bought a villa in Spain for Rosa and Kobe. This is noticed by tax inspection who thinks the villa was paid with dark money. They start up an investigation and all the financials of "Stevenson", the wine company of Steven and Kobe, are frozen. It turns out no fraud was committed.

Frank gets carjacked. Some weeks later he is attacked again in his home by the same person as he recognizes the gloves. Frank is shocked when those gloves are in the backpack of Emile. The police is called to interrogate Lander. Lander takes Olivia and Sandrine as hostages. Sandrine is shot by Dieter by accident and dies. He decides to stop as a police officer and reopens the pub in "De Withoeve". Olivia and Lowie become the adoptive parents until Emile pushes a pregnant Paulien from the stairs by accident. She loses the child and her uterus. She becomes depressed, stops her relationship with Adil, neglects her pub...

Judith started a relationship with Jacques, the coach of the swimming club. After a quarrel with Jacques, Judith gets some bruising on her wrists. When Judith gets some broken ribs, Ann informs Emma and Tom. Everybody is blaming Jacques for mistreating Judith. Stan claims Jacques made a sexual approach to him and thus a pedophile. Nobody understands why Judith still defends Jacques until it turns out Stan is the wrongdoer. Joren figures out he is gay and in love with Stan which seems to be mutual.

Bob starts a relationship with Christine. Nobody likes Christine as she is a manipulator, gossip, faked a pregnancy of Bob and also faked the abortion. She also brought Olivia more than once in discredit only to get better herself. Lowie finds out Bob is still in love with Tamara. Olivia finds out Tamara still has feelings for Bob.

Bill, the alcoholic father of Joren, wants to rejoin with him, but Joren is not impressed. One day Stan, Joren and another friend drink lots of hard liquor. Joren, who was to be at school, misses a school test. Bill finds the three who run by bicycle. Joren falls over the train rails. Bill runs upon the rails but is hit by a train and taken into hospital.

In season's finale it is insinuated Bill died. Stan tells Joren not to be gay and it was just for fun. Bob and Christine marry. Olivia stops the ceremony and tells everyone Bob is still in love with Tamara and that Tamara just gave birth to his child. Bob wants to leave the town hall, but Christine claims she is also pregnant.

Season 25

Due to COVID-19 the complete season could not be recorded so the season ended on 24 April 2020 instead of 11th of June. As filming was no longer possible the producers had to be inventive with the material they had, resulting in a choppy storyline in last episodes. [1]

The wedding between Bob and Christine takes place as she is pregnant. After a blood test it turns out she is not pregnant at all and there is even no proof in her blood she was pregnant lately. Due to this lie, Bob wants to divorce immediately.

Jacques tries to drown Stan in the pool but is stopped by Joren. Stan quits school and gets a job at Stevenson but he does not like it. Next he starts homeschooling but also gives up after some weeks. Finally he joins the army. Kaat did not pass her examinations and stops her course in favor to do a world travel trip.

Pauline starts a relationship with Kobe and they marry. They have the intention to adopt a child. Bianca and Mo, who live in Morocco since several years, die in a car accident. Their son Robin is adopted by Tom De Decker, his biological father.

Dries got his master's degree and stops his job as gigolo which does not suit one of his clients: Reinhilde. She turns in a complaint claiming Dries got lots of extra money and presents from her. As this is considered to be legal profit she hints the police Dries did not pay taxes on these extras and most probably did not turn in all of his profits. The tax department starts an investigation but it turns out Dries does not have black money and he is in rule with law.

At Bowie Dries is hired for the position of lawyer consultant. Karin is still angry at Dries because of his actions in previous season. Reinhilde attacks Dries sexually and then sets up a plan with Karin to prove Dries is the wrongdoer and raped Reinhilde. Customers of Bowie get knowledge of the twisted story and want to stop their projects so Dries is fired. After investigation it is proved Karin spread the rumor to those customers. Reinhilde gets remorse and wants to withdraw her statement which does not please Karin. That's why Reinhilde does not want to work any longer with Karin. Tom is informed about the fake acquisitions and wants to stop his partnership with Karin. As she rejects, he starts up a procedure so she never can be a lawyer again. He gets support from Reinhilde, Dries and Peter.

To everyone's surprise Adil started a relationship with Christine. An astonished Bob decides Bowie will not work with The Kabouters anymore.

Jasper, the boxing teacher of Ann, is found guilty of the murder on the manageress of pub "Bar Madam", the rape on Tilly and sales of drugs. All of this is proved in a setup arranged by his daughter Viv and the police. Jasper admits the selling of the drugs, claims the death was an accident but claims he did not rape Tilly. In a flashback it is revealed to the viewers Jacques was the wrongdoer. Jasper is sent to jail. Jacques starts a part-time job as real estate salesman in the company of Reinhilde and goes to Spain for some time to sell some houses.

In last episode Jasper is set free due to procedural errors. Viv is upset and is sure Jasper will come after her. A severe accident takes place. Policeman Tim only reveals the victim is someone he knows.

Season 26

The season picked up after Thuis could not produce new episodes due to the COVID pandemic It becomes clear Jacques knows Reinhilde for a longer time and this upsets Rosa. A few days after Jacques returns from Spain it turns out the husband of Reinhilde died in Spain in a mysterious accident. Reinhilde is not in grief and even goes with Dries - who restarted his career as gigolo - to the funeral and burial. Jasper starts his own investigation regarding the rape of Tilly. Afraid the truth will come out, Jacques murders Jasper.

Christine thinks Kabouters is an outdated company so she makes up a business plan and convinces Adil to restart the company under a new name which delivers more modern services.

Tania - the lover of Ann - reveals she was raped a long time ago and got pregnant. She gave birth to a son named Xander. Xander is now in search of his father and is in a rage when he hears about how he was impregnated. Convinced Tom is his father, Xander abducts Robin for some time. A DNA-test reveals it is not Tom but his father Walter De Decker who was the rapist.

Marianne even is aware of this inicdent but has kept it quiet. Xander enraged at the many lies and unbelievable truth confronts Tania in a rage. He starts stranging her. Doctor Ann interferes, killing Xander and saving Tania's life. The act is ruled as self-defence, but the events are too much to handle for Ann. The horrible truth about her father and the cover-up by her mother, and the experiences with Tania and her son and half-brother Xander makes her decide to break off the relationship with Tania. She moves to Cape Verde for indefinite time.

Current cast

ActorCharacterYearsEpisodes
Pol Goossen Frank Bomans1995-ongoing1-ongoing
Annick Segal Rosa Verbeeck1995-ongoing1-ongoing
Marleen Merckx Simonne Backx1995-ongoing3-ongoing
Leah Thys Marianne Bastiaens1995-ongoing4-ongoing
Lut Hannes Angèle Backx1998-1999, 2003-2006, 2015–2018, 2019-ongoing622-703, 1700-2043, 3760-3800, 3889-4383, 4606-ongoing
Kadèr Gürbüz Karin Baert2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2016-ongoing760-771, 1086-1094, 1314, 1540, 1799, 1819, 1967, 1996-1997, 2078-2108, 2149, 2190, 2656-2657, 3399-3419, 3598-3625, 3907-ongoing
Bart Van Avermaet Waldek Kozinski2001-ongoing1073-4456, 4497-ongoing
Vanya Wellens Femke De Grote2002-2010, 2011-2013, 2014-ongoing1286-2805, 2906-3405, 3506-ongoing
Ann Pira Nancy De Grote2003-ongoing1468-ongoing
Daan Hugaert Eddy Van Notegem2003-2010, 2012-ongoing1468-2820, 3110-ongoing
Apollonia Sterckx Britney Van Notegem2006-ongoing2025-ongoing
Geert Hunaerts Peter Vlerick2007-ongoing2255-ongoing
Tina Maerevoet Paulien Snackaert2008-2012, 2013-ongoing2325-3215, 3438-ongoing
Walter Moeremans Leo Vertongen2008-ongoing2330-ongoing
Jeroen Lenaerts Tim Cremers2008-2009, 2010-ongoing2469-2645, 2735-ongoing
Wim Stevens Tom De Decker2009-ongoing2551-ongoing
Katrien De Ruysscher Judith Van Santen2012-2014, 2015-ongoing3266-3650, 3744-ongoing
Elise Roels Emma Van Damme2012-2014, 2015-2019, 2020 -3266-3650, 3744-4675, 4758 - ongoing
Mathias Vergels Lowie Bomans2012-ongoing3275-4070, 4166-ongoing
An Vanderstighelen Sam De Witte2013-ongoing3437-4604, 4724-ongoing
Nawfel Bardad-Daidj Adil Bakkal2013-ongoing3444-ongoing
Raf Jansen Dieter Van Aert2014-ongoing3607-3693, 3802-ongoing
Christophe Haddad Bob Sleeckx2015-ongoing3845-ongoing
several childrenHannah Cremers2015-ongoing3895-ongoing
Tine Priem Tamara Vereken2016-ongoing3947-ongoing
Sid Van Oerle Kobe Baert2016-ongoing4109-ongoing
several childrenVic Vlerick2017-ongoing4126-ongoing
Lauren Müller Thilly Van Santen2017-2018, 2019-ongoing4255-4369, 4474-4498, 4598-4629, 4659-4765, 4808-ongoing
Mathieu Carpentier Joren De Witte2017-ongoing4303-ongoing
Peter Van De Velde Jacques Pieters2018, 2019-ongoing4387-4479, 4548-ongoing
Yemi Oduwale Dries Van Aken2018-ongoing4435-ongoing
Katrien De Becker Tania Tibergyn2018-ongoing4456-ongoing
Daphne Paelinck Christine Leysen2018-2019, 2020-ongoing4464-4676, 4814-ongoing
Lennart Lemmens Stan Van Damme nr. 22019-ongoing4618-ongoing
Greet Rouffaer Reinhilde Deploige2019-ongoing4660-ongoing
Several childrenLeo Vereken2019-ongoing4665-ongoing
Lynn Van den Broeck Viv Van Rooy2019-ongoing4679-ongoing
Belinda Voorspoels Lexi Waeyaert2019-ongoing4695-ongoing
Frits De Ruyter Robin Bomans nr. 22019-ongoing4714-ongoing
Karlijn Sileghem Chantal Clerckx2019-ongoing4718-ongoing

Former main cast

The list is limited to characters which appeared in the opening credits.

ActorCharacterYear(s)Reason departureEpisodes
Monika Van Lierde Ann De Decker1995-1998, 2001-2020After she killed Xander, the son of her lover Tania, she moved to Cape Verde1-394, 1060-4874
Moora Vander Veken Olivia Hoefkens2014-2019, 2020Left to work at London as an au-pair3521-4694, 4754-4757
Maya Albert Aïsha Fawzi2003-2008, 2019Moved to Morocco1442-2395, 4713-4719
Leen Dendievel Kaat Bomans (formerly Franky Bomans)2016-2019Left for a world trip3923, 3947, 3960-4512, 4589-4698
Jannes Coessens Stan Van Damme nr. 12012-2019Replaced by actor Lennart Lemmens3266-4461, 4493-4594
Muriel Bats Mayra Magiels2011-2018, 2019Moved to Cape Verde after having switched two babies2977-4452, 4545-4553
Sally-Jane Van Horenbeeck Peggy Verbeeck1995-1997, 1998-1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008-2016, 2018Moved to Portugal to open a hotel with her youth love Bennie1-265, 434-705, 825-910, 1295, 2035-2045, 2413-4030, 4483-4484
Mark Tijsmans Bennie De Taeye1995-1998, 2016, 2018Moved to Portugal to open a hotel with his youth love Peggy1-315, 4009-4030, 4484
Myriam Bronzwaar Julia Van Capelle2007-2014, 2014-2016, 2017 , 2018Lives in a psychiatric clinic after multiple murders and murder attempts2194-3573, 3672-4085, 4148-4257, 4410-4444
Mark Willems † Luc Bomans1996-2018Died in his sleep65-4430
Aïssatou Diop Charité Doumbia2015-2017, 2018Moved with her husband Renzo to Southern France3840-4255, 4346-4415
Frank Van Erum Renzo Fierens2004-2006, 2014-2018Moved to Southern France as his son lives there1658-2000, 3639-4415
Bill Barberis Toon Vrancken2013-2017Absconded as he was afraid to start a relationship with Kaat Bomans3444-4161, 4235
Joy Anna Thielemans Jana Blomaert2012-2017Moved to Boston for the wedding of her father, but stayed over there after she was expelled at university as she made private medical information public3123-4145
Katrien Vandendries Lena Blondeel2014-2016, 2017Left after the dead of her son Jens to New York3564-3569, 3621-3900, 4130
Luk De Koninck William "Henri" Degreef2015-2016Arrested after murdered Hélène and a murder attempt on Marianne and Tom3700-4026, 4070-4110
Chris Boni † Yvette De Schrijver2001-2005, 2006-2016Died in her sleep due to heart issues1066-1830, 2092-4063
Janine Bischops † Jenny Verbeeck1995-2016Moved temporally to Morocco to visit her daughter Bianca but passed away after a stroke1 -4037
Merel De Vilder Robier † Bianca Bomans1995-1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009-2011, 2015, 2016Moved to Morocco with her husband Mo. Some years later it is revealed she died in a car accident.1-725, 828-838, 1405, 2034-2040, 2551-2990, 3810-3815, 4008-4025
Jelle Cleymans † Jens De Belder2008-2015Hit by a car driven by Paulien Snackaert and died in the hospital some time later2357-3895
Peter Rouffaer † Geert Smeekens2006-2015Stabbed by Hélène by accident. Later on it is revealed it was done on purpose1921-3811
Jef Hoogmartens Franky Bomans2015Left to USA. Some time later the actor was replaced by actress Leen Dendievel as the character Franky returned as the transsexual Kaat3807-3810
2011-2013Left on a honeymoon to the USA with his husband Tibo and stayed to open a waffles shop3001-3441
Braam Verreth 2009-2011Replaced by actor Jef Hoogmartens2611-3000
Lotte Vannieuwenborg Katrien Snackaert2008-2012, 2015Moved to Burundi to work for Médecins Sans Frontières 2325-3292, 3749-3755
Bert Verbeke Bram Schepers2009-2014Moved to Southern France after his split with Jana2642-3578
Alice Toen † Madeleine Vercauteren2010-2012Died due to overdose of insuline2852-3050, 3176-3200, 3236-3260
Erik Goris Guy De Herdt2011-2012In jail as he kept several people as hostages in the residence of the Bastiaens family3001-3103, 3144-3240
Mattias Van de Vijver Kasper Adayef2005-2008, 2012Died after injuries after he fell from a step1910-2445, 3175-3229
Maarten Claeyssens Rafael Campo2011-2012Taken into a psychiatric institution after having stabbed Peter and poissonned Femke2945-2960, 2986-3139
Noureddine Farihi † Mo Fawzi1999-2011Moved with his wife Bianca to Morocco. Several years later it is revealed they both died in a car accident665-2990
Clara Cleymans Nina Oostvoghels2010-2011After she found out her lover Peter still has feelings for Femke she absconds and takes all of his money with her2756-2965
Steph Goossens † Cois Pelckmans1997-2010Had to go urgently to his mother in Spain and stayed over there. Some years later it is revealed he has been murdered by his ex-wife Julia.284-2895
Ann Esch Kris Moreels2008-2010Left for another job2448-2870
Jos Dom † Herman Schepers2009-2010, 2011Died due to brain cancer2653-2800, 3004
Kurt Defrancq Eric Bastiaens2002-2009Left on a world trip with his wife Martine1275-2590
Christel Domen Martine Lefever2002-2009Left on a world trip with her husband Eric1281-2590
Ronny Daelman Sam Bastiaens2002-2009Left with his girlfriend Dorien to Lanzarote1281-2589
Tineke Caels Dorien De Backer2006-2009Left with her boyfriend Ronny to Lanzarote2053-2589
Peter Bastiaensen † Mike Van Notegem2008Stabbed to death by Eric Bastiaens2398-2500
Lien Van de Kelder † Sofie Bastiaens2002-2008After she suddenly disappeared her body was found in a cave in the Ardennes. She was strangled by Mike1281-2104 2276-2415
Ali Wauters 2007-2008Moved to Morocco with his girlfriend Aisha2137-2395
Daisy Thys Daisy Vandenkerckhove2006-2008Absconded after the fitness centre "Fit & Fun" was sold2044-2379, 2415-2483
Raymond Bossaerts Viktor Corthout2006-2008Absconded after Jenny throw him out2089-2352
Patsy Van der Meeren Marie Van Goethem1998-2008Moved with a friend to an unknown location538-2350
Karolien De Beck † Sandrine Verbeelen2006-2008Died due to brain haemorrhage2049-2330
Marijke Hofkens † Leontien Vercammen1996-2007, 2013Fleed with her son Lowie to Mexico. Some years later it is revealed she died in a car accident and insinuated the crash was a setup by her ex-hussband Luc so his son Lowie would return to him.94-2306, 3393 (stem alleen)
Peter Van Asbroeck Werner Van Sevenant1997-2007Moved to South-Africa with his wife Eva285-2295
Nathalie Wijnants Eva Verbist]]1997-2007Moved to South-Africa with her husband Werner337-2295
Kristine Arras † Mathilde Reimers2003-2007Killed by her son Maarten1399-2220
Nora Tilley Betty Van Ginderen2005-2006, 2008Fled away with Jacques after a scam in a real-estate project1870-2025
Jakob Beks Jacques Van Ginderen2005-2006, 2007Fled away with Jacques after a scam in a real-estate project1870-2025
Karel Deruwe Walter Frans2004-2006Absconded after a fight with Marianne.1576-2025
Liesbeth Adriaenssens Maaike Mertens2005-2006Left after she and Eric ended their romance1897-2000
Nand Buyl Arthur Verbeeck2005-2006Moved in with Jetteke in the house of her son1860-1940
Paula Semer Jetteke2006Moved to the house of her son1932-1940
Hans De Munter Robert Swerts1998, 2002, 2004-2005In jail due to multiple rapings1595-1875
Oswald Versyp Constant De Schrijver2004-2005Absconded abroad after he tricked someone for a huge amount of money1547-1841
Ernst Löw Arno Dandrea2004-2005Left after he and Martine ended their romance1651-1828
Govert Deploige Michael Bastiaens2002-2004, 2007Left to work for Médecins Sans Frontières 1327-1825
Viv Van Dingenen Veronique Van Sevenant1996-2005Got lost in the dessert. Later on it is insinuated Robert Swerts hired an assassin to kill her as she knew Robert was a raper130-1825
Nolle Versyp Dré Van Goethem1997-2005Moved to Southern France295-1780
Pascale Bal Isabelle Vinck2000-2002, 2003-2004In jail after she tried to murder several people781-1626
Dirk Tuypens † Jan Reimers2003-2004Killed by Werner1377-1631
Ann Petersen † Florke Bomans1995-2003Died whilst she was visiting her sister32-1561
Wim Peters Joeri Verbist1997-2003Left to Madrid337-1450
Herbert Flack Jean-Pierre De Ruyter1997-2003Fled away to Portugal with stolen money461-1435
Oswald Maes † Roger Van De Wiele1996-2002Passed away182-1331
Ann Ceurvels † Valerie Wijndaele1998-2002Moved to Australia. Later on it is revealed she has died530-1240
Doris Van Caneghem Felicienne Lejeune1995-2002Retired as a cleaning lady and absconded1-1235
Werner De Smedt Senne2000-2002Absconded after having dumped by Eva and Marie984-1240
Herlinde Hiele Sabine Verbist1999-2001Moved with her mother Linda to South Africa665-1190
Liesbeth Adriaenssens Lotte Van Baelen2001Moved with Linda and Lotte to South Africa974-1000
Mieke Bouve Linda Lievens1999-2001Arrested by the police but she could escape and moved to South Africa661-1000
Michael De Cock Kristoff Verbist1997-1999, 2000-2001Fled away to South Africa301-740, 853-1000
Bert Cosemans Dirk Van Baelen1999-2001Fled away to South Africa882-1000
Jan Schepens † Pierre Vinck1999-2000Shot by Linda766-915
Chris Cauwenberghs † Fernand Verbist1995, 1996, 1997-2000Died in a fire lighted by Pierre2-851
Kurt Van den Driessche Frederique Bastiaens1996-2000Absconded after having stalked Eva75-805
Donald Madder Tom De Decker nr. 11995-2000Donald Madder died in a car accident. In the series it was told he suddenly moved abroad. Several years the character returned, now played by Wim Stevens1-341, 418-783
Martine De Kok Mira1999-2000Absconded after she ended her relationship with Joeri552-778
Marleen Maes Liliane Deroep1996-2000Absconded150-765
Bert Vannieuwenhuyse Phile Ceulemans1998-1999Absconded468-655
Karel Vingerhoets Harry Moeyaerts1996-1999Fled away with his daughter Clio to Australia47-600
Ann Hendrickx † Ingrid Michiels1995-1998Died in a car accident47-535
Leo Dewals inspecteur Pol Tibbax1997-1998Absconded after he solved the murder upon Neil327-460
Koen De Bouw Lou Swertvaeghers1996-1998Left with Ann abroad95-394
Katrien Vandendries Carolien Jacobs1996-1998Left after she stopped her relationship with Werner20-365
Leo Madder Charles Bastiaens1996-1997Moved to Belize101-255, ?-341
Rik Andries † Walter De Decker1995-1997Died due to a brain haemorrhage1-214

Family trees

Bomans family tree

Bastiaens family tree

Bomans/Verbeeck/Backx

Staf BomansFlorke Bomans
Frank BomansJenny VerbeeckRosa VerbeeckLuc BomansLeontien Vercammen
Mo FawziBianca BomansLowie Bomans
Robin Bomans
Peggy VerbeeckTom De Decker
Simonne BackxSandrine De Decker
Kaat Bomans

Bastiaens/De Decker

Emma RaeymaeckersGeert SmeekensMarianne BastiaensWalter De DeckerCharles BastiaensMarijkeClaire Bastiaens??
Sandrine VerbeelenMartine LefeverEric Bastiaens?
Bianca BomansTom De DeckerPeggy VerbeeckAnn De DeckerSara BastiaensFrederique BastiaensMichael Bastiaens
Robin BomansSandrine De DeckerSam BastiaensSofie Bastiaens

Production

Music

Season 13 had a new intro and theme tune sung by Sofie Van Moll and rock artist Peter Evrard. The new song was created by Will Tura and Steve Willaert with lyrics by Frank Dingenen, an actor who had played a guest role which he reprised at the start of season 13.[ citation needed ]

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