Het is weer zo laat!

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Het is weer zo laat!
Country of origin Netherlands
Original language(s) Dutch
Broadcast
Original channel VPRO
Dolf Brouwers on the set of Het is weer zo laat!

Het is weer zo laat! ("It's that time again!"), also known as Waldolala, is a Dutch television show from 1974, written and directed by Wim T. Schippers and co-produced by Schippers, Gied Jaspars, Wim van der Linden en Ellen Jens.[1] It was the last TV show written for Dolf Brouwers, who had played the character Sjef van Oekel in previous shows (De Fred Hachéshow, Barend is weer bezig, and Van Oekel's Discohoek).

The show ran for ten episodes, and featured Brouwers as Waldo van Dungen, formerly a waiter at the night club Waldolala, who had acquired the club after a rich woman (Gé Braadslee, played by Mimi Kok) fell in love with him and bought the place for him. The show featured other characters from the previous shows Schippers had done for the VPRO, and shared many other characteristics—nudity, vulgarity, linguistic games (including many double entendres).[2] The plot line and individual scenes were typically chaotic; in the end, van Dungen dies and it is revealed that the entire series of events was a kind of flashback told by van Dungen's psychiatrist.

The show's alternate name, Waldolala, was explained by Waldo van Dungen as a combination between his first name and the phrase "Oh-la-la".[3] It was also part of the title of the theme song, a "megahit"[4] for the girls group Luv', a group formed by producer Hans van Hemert, who had been commissioned to write the show's theme song. Luv' had had two modestly successful singles with ABBA-esque songs, but van Hemert wanted to try a different style of music; Schippers and Jaspars pushed him, and van Hemert agreed to have Luv' sing the tune. They performed "U.O.Me (Theme from Waldolala)" on the show, and the song became a hit--in hindsight, van Hemert credited the VPRO with the band's commercial success.[5]

The show was released on DVD in 2008 as the fifth volume in the series Wim T. Schippers' Televisiepraktijken - sinds 1962; the DVD includes a clip from the NOS Journaal, 24 September 1979, on the death of Dolf Brouwers, and "Flagula" (1966), one of the Sad Movies Schippers and Van der Linden made in the 1960s.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Het is weer zo laat!". VPRO. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Franken, Guido (17 July 2008). "Wim T. Schippers #3: Het is weer zo laat!" (in Dutch). Nederlands Filmdoek. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "DVD Het is weer zo laat". Vrij Nederland (in Dutch). 9 July 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Luv' stopt definitief". RTL Boulevard (in Dutch). 12 March 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Luv’ dankt succes aan VPRO". Mediacourant (in Dutch). 12 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 

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