Ellen Jens

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Ellen Jens is a Dutch television director and producer, best known for her collaboration with Wim T. Schippers on VPRO television. She has produced and directed a large number of other television shows, especially on literature and art, and is referred to as a "television legend".


In the early 1970s Jens was a "scriptgirl" working for the VPRO.[1] Starting in 1972 she began working with Wim T. Schippers, producing his shows from 1972 (De Fred Hachéshow) to 1994 (We zijn weer thuis);[2] on many of the shows she is credited as a director and writer as well.[3]

She produced and directed Hier is Adriaan van Dis, the talk show hosted by Adriaan van Dis (which ran from 1983 to 1992),[4][5] and was the producer of the long-running VPRO TV show Jiskefet[5][6] and the Schippers series on popular science Flogiston.[7] For presenter Hanneke Groenteman, she produced the talk show on art De Plantage,[8] from 1994 to 2001.[9] Since 2005 she produces the TV show VPRO Boeken,[10] a program on literature hosted by Wim Brands, for which she also designed the set (modeled on the set for De Plantage, taped in the Studio Plantage in Artis,[5] in turn modeled on her own house); she was picked (as a "television legend") for her experience with literature, based in part on her work with Adriaan van Dis.[11]


In the early 1970s she dated Hugo Claus, at the time when he promoted his novel Het jaar van de kreeft; Claus and Jens were photographed together as part of a campaign to plug the book, which had Claus's love life as its main topic.[1] She lived with Wim T. Schippers in the 1970s and 1980s[4][12] and later married him.[11]

Select filmography[edit]

Entries marked with an asterisk are with Wim T. Schippers


  1. ^ a b Meijer, Ischa (2003). Connie Palmen, ed. De interviewer en de schrijvers. Amsterdam: Prometheus. 
  2. ^ Heytze, Ingmar; Tuinman, Vrouwkje (2000). Verdomd Interessant, Maar Gaat U Verder: De Taal van Wim T. Schippers (in Dutch). The Hague: Sdu. p. 59. ISBN 9057970775. 
  3. ^ "Ellen Jens". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Abrahams, Frits (22 April 2008). "Dag: Van Dis". NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "VARA neemt afscheid van Studio Plantage". Broadcast Magazine (in Dutch). 23 July 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "60 jaar documentaire: De keuze van Ellen Jens" (in Dutch). Holland Doc. 4 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Kubbinga, Henk. De molecularisering van het wereldbeeld. Verloren. p. 20. ISBN 9789065507310. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Hanneke Groenteman: 'Ik zag er uit als 'n soort Spongebob'". Eindhovens Dagblad (in Dutch). 9 April 2009. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Kunst op tv sneuvelt door slijtage bij makers". Trouw (in Dutch). 31 March 2000. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Boeken - televisie" (in Dutch). VPRO. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Helder, Carel (25 May 2012). "Boeken kijk je zo". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  12. ^ Heytze, Ingmar; Tuinman, Vrouwkje (2000). Verdomd Interessant, Maar Gaat U Verder: De Taal van Wim T. Schippers. The Hague: Sdu. p. 59. ISBN 9057970775. 
  13. ^ Verbraak, Coen. "Anil Ramdas, kleine professor uit Nickerie". Vrij Nederland (in Dutch). Retrieved 27 August 2013. 

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