Opzoek naar Yolanda

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Opzoek naar Yolanda
Country of origin Netherlands
Original language(s) Dutch
Original channel VPRO

Opzoek naar Yolanda[a] 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]

Story and script were written by Schippers,[5][6] who directed the show with his longtime associate Ellen Jens. Schippers himself portrays Jacques Plafond.[7]


Photographer Rik Rollinga (Kenneth Herdigein), on his way to take a formal portrait of the Dutch queen (the invitation turns out to be a practical joke), catches a glimpse of a beautiful young woman, Yolanda, on the Baarn train station. He snaps a quick photograph of her and falls in love. For the rest of the series he tries his best to find her again. Along the way, he falls into one comical situation after another. He hires alcoholic private investigator Rein Schaambergen to help him, but Schaambergen is too drunk to be of any help. In desperation he turns to Jacques Plafond and plans to make a hit record (arranged by Jan Vos) to make her fall in love with him, but sings so poorly that he is replaced by a better singer—his neighbor Victor van Vliet records the song, "Smoke, Gammon and Spinach", which becomes a hit, and Rik is kicked out of the studio. He flees to the Bahamas but is tracked down by Schaambergen and returned to the Netherlands, with the promise that Yolanda is found. Unfortunately, Schaambergen has failed and presents the wrong Yolanda (the ugly daughter of the baker, Ruud van Hemert). In the end it turns out that Yolanda lives upstairs from him and is Victor's girlfriend. The basic storyline is larded with skits involving many of Schippers' characters from previous shows.


DVD release[edit]

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]



  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[edit]

  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. ^ a b "Deel 3 en 4 van Wim T. Schippers dvd-box te koop!" (in Dutch). Geschiedenis 24. 28 March 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b 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. 

Reference bibliography[edit]

  • Heytze, Ingmar; Tuinman, Vrouwkje (2000). Verdomd Interessant, Maar Gaat U Verder: De Taal van Wim T. Schippers (in Dutch). The Hague: Sdu. ISBN 9057970775. 

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