In Season In Love, rich American woman Margo pays her annual visit to Amersterdam for a festival and a meeting with her young lover Ko. However Ko seems to have gone missing. It’s not the sort of case Van der Valk would normally investigate but he agrees to see if he can turn up any information about Ko’s whereabouts.
When Ko turns he claims to have been in Paris at an audition. Van der Valk then receives an anonymous phone call claiming that a woman was murdered in Paris at the same time Ko was there and that “the American woman” should be told.
Quite an interesting story, not an official case for Van der Valk but he clearly likes Margo and distrusts Ko who turns out to “swing both ways” and it is disgruntled lover Bekker who calls Van der Valk with the murderous accusations.
In the TV Times of 22 Sep 1973 there was a short piece about guest star Lisa Daniely and how after changing her name from Boddington to Daniely she ended up getting somewhat typecast as “continental types”! Shane Briant turns in a suitably creepy performance as Ko and Ronald Leigh-Hunt also turns up as the mysterious Bekker, the man who gives Van der Valk the anonymous tip-off.
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 26 September 1973 at 9.00pm
Writer: Philip Broadley / Production Design: Neville Green, Mike Hall / Director: Mike Vardy
Series: Van der Valk Season 2 Episode 5
Barry Foster as Van der Valk
Michael Latimer as Kroon
Susan Travers as Arlette
Lisa Daniely as Margo
Shane Briant as Ko
Ronald Leigh-Hunt as Bekker
Donald Morley as Dr Stapper
Peter Blythe as Max
John Bailey as Huisman