In The Runt Van der Valk is keen to discover why small time thief and practical down and out Albert de Vink suddenly has several hundred guilders that he is spending in conspicuous fashion. As Van der Valk begins his investigation he discovers that de Vink aka The Runt has connections in some strange places, including that of high class brothel madam Eva Marais.
With so many other cases to deal with Van der Valk’s boss Samson is less than impressed that he seems to be following this inconsequential investigation. But of course the further Van der Valk digs the more mystery deepens.
There is some excellent dialogue at play here too, not least in Piet’s conversation about food with Madame Marais where it is clear that it is not food they are talking about. Van der Valk makes it clear though that he prefers a home cooked meal
Arlette is fulfilling something of Kroon’s role in this series, providing a sounding board for Van der Valk and offering up a few ideas of her own.
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 19 September 1977 at 9.00pm
Writer: Leslie Sands / Director: Mike Vardy
Series: Van der Valk Season 3 Episode 3
Barry Foster as Van der Valk
Joanna Dunham as Arlette
Nigel Stock as Samson
Richard Pascoe as Albert de Vink
Helen Ryan as Eva Marais
Madeleine Christie as Helene Webber
Ken Kitson as Jan Hoffman
Maurice O’Connell as Kurt
Wilfred Grove as Josef
Robert Gillespie as Doop
John Scholes as Dolf Maartens