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De Wereld Draait Door

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De Wereld Draait Door
The DWDD studio
GenreTalk show, entertainment
Directed byDieuwke Wynia
Presented byMatthijs van Nieuwkerk
Country of originNetherlands
Original languageDutch
Production locationsWestergasfabriek, Amsterdam
Running timeCirca 53 minutes
Production companyBNNVARA
Original release
NetworkNPO 3 (2005–2013)
NPO 1 (2014–2020)
Release10 October 2005 (2005-10-10) –
27 March 2020 (2020-03-27)

De Wereld Draait Door (Dutch pronunciation: [də ˈʋeːrəldraːiˈdoːr]; English: "The world keeps on turning") also known by the acronym DWDD was an early-evening talk show on Dutch television, broadcast every weekday at 7:00 p.m. on NPO 1. It is the Netherlands' longest-running, regularly scheduled TV entertainment show and is also the program with the second-highest viewing figures on Dutch television, beaten only by the main evening news at 8.00 p.m. The show, created by Dieuwke Wynia and produced by BNNVARA, was discontinued after the last episode on 27 March 2020.


A person with a laserdisc player and a television. This image was used in De Wereld Draait Door to end the part "De Televisie Draait Door"

The chat, conducted at a large table, was hosted by Matthijs van Nieuwkerk and a rotating guest co-host. Guests were politicians, celebrities, artists, or simply people involved in projects or organizations that were topics of interest. The show contained a mixture of news, information, television bloopers and general entertainment. Frequent guests and panelists included Jan Mulder, Yvon Jaspers, Halina Reijn, Giel Beelen, Mathijs Bouman, Sylvana Simons, Marc-Marie Huijbregts and André van Duin.[1] House poet Nico Dijkshoorn had a weekly column in the show, usually on Wednesday. Each show had a live performance of a band in the studio. The show's closing sequence was Lucky TV, a small movie clip that featured a parody of news with changed voice-over text added to the video. One of those ending clips, where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were singing a duet during a presidential debate, became a viral phenomenon.[2] From 2014, Dutch Eurovision Song Contest entries were premiered on the show.

DWDD University[edit]

DWDD University was a series of special episodes, in which a professional expert in a certain area held a one-and-a-half hour long lecture to a general audience. It commenced in 2012 with a lecture by then IAS director Robbert Dijkgraaf about the Big Bang.

The following speakers have contributed to DWDD university:

Date Speaker Subject Location Viewership
17 May 2012 Robbert Dijkgraaf Big Bang Ronde Lutherse Kerk (Church) 991,000
16 November 2012 Robbert Dijkgraaf The smallest (microkosmos) Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam 1,056,000
26 April 2013 Alexander Klöpping De Wereld van Klöpping 1.0 (the past of Silicon Valley) MC Theater 586,000
3 May 2013 Alexander Klöpping De Wereld van Klöpping 2.0 (the present of Silicon Valley) 466,000
10 May 2013 Alexander Klöpping De Wereld van Klöpping 3.0 (the future of Silicon Valley) 536,000
29 November 2013 Robbert Dijkgraaf Albert Einstein theories Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam 859,000
13 December 2013 Robert Kranenborg Cows 725,000
28 November 2014 Robbert Dijkgraaf Infinity 1,104,000
12 December 2014 Freek Vonk Poison 1,462,000
30 April 2015 Erik Scherder Human brain (part 1): De Aanknop Podium Mozaïek
7 May 2015 Erik Scherder Human brain (part 2): Bloedstollend
14 May 2015 Erik Scherder Human brain (part 3): Het Geheugen
28 May 2015 Twan Huys DWDD Summerschool: Bill and Hillary Clinton 858,000
4 June 2015 Gijs Scholten van Aschat DWDD Summerschool: William Shakespeare 645,000
11 June 2015 Claudia de Breij DWDD Summerschool: Het Nederlandse lied (Dutch song) 925,000
18 June 2015 Wim Pijbes DWDD Summerschool: Rijksmuseum Amsterdam 998,000
25 June 2015 Mart Smeets DWDD Summerschool: American big four: baseball, ice hockey, basketball and American Football 719,000
2 July 2015 Wilfried de Jong & Michel van Egmond DWDD Summerschool: Miles Davis
27 November 2015 Robbert Dijkgraaf Black holes Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam 1,212,000
12 March 2016 Beatrice de Graaf Terrorism 1,216,000
2 December 2016 Robbert Dijkgraaf Light[3] Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
9 December 2016 Freek Vonk Evolution[4] Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam


  1. ^ "De Wereld Draait Door: Mathijs Bouman" (in Dutch). Omroepvereniging VARA. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  2. ^ "LuckyTV verovert Amerika met ballade Trump en Clinton". nos.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2020-05-21.
  3. ^ DWDD University presenteert: Robbert Dijkgraaf - DWDD University presenteert, retrieved 2016-12-03
  4. ^ Evolutie door Freek Vonk - DWDD University presenteert, retrieved 2016-12-10

External links[edit]

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