In Dead on Arrival the Van der Valk’s weekend away in London doesn’t get off to the best of beginnings when a man on the plane has some kind of bizarre attack claiming he has seen a premonition in which two people will die and then promptly drops dead himself.
It turns out that the man is well known Dutch clairvoyant Sartorius who was travelling to the UK to meet Johnny Palmer and journalist Millie Sanger. Johnny has recently been released from prison for a murder he is adamant he didn’t commit. Sanger and a former cop, FInch, are convinced that Sartoriius had the means to clear Palmer’s name.
Of course Arlette is none too pleased when the British police, led by Inspector James, ask Piet to help on the case.
The cast is first rate in this episode too with the lead role going to the brilliant Bob Hoskins, there are also key roles for Pamela Salem, Richard Davies (as the police segeant assigned to help Van der Valk) and Michael Culver.
Dead on Arrival of course offered the team the chance to make an episode of the series without having to go location shooting in Amersterdam.
“Which is quicker ferry boat or taxi.”
“Oh darling, they don’t have ferry boats here.”
“Really? How stupid of them.”
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 24 October 1977 at 9.00pm
Writer: Patrick O’Brien / Director: Ted Childs
Series: Van der Valk Season 3 Episode 8
Barry Foster as Van der Valk
Joanna Dunham as Arlette
Bob Hoskins as Johnny Palmer
Pamela Salem as Millie Sanger
Michael Culver as James
Richard Davies as Lloyd
Brian Poyser as Finch
Bill Hootkins as Frank Garvin
Roger Kemp as Wainwright
Arnold Diamond as Dr Pritchett
Peter Cartwright as KLM Captain
Michael O’Hagan as Special Branch man
Valerie Holliman as Samantha
Hazel McBride as Stewardess
Jeremy Young as Eddie Palmer
Robert Gary as First Detective
Robert Swales as Second Detective
Ken Parry as Sartorius
Anthony Collin as Clerk
Suzanne Fleuret as Nun
Poldark Season 4 Episode 7
In the penultimate episode of the series, airing Sunday 22 July at 9.00pm on BBC One, The Poldarks, Enyses and...
The Long Song, BBC announce cast for Andrea Levy adaptation
Tamara Lawrance (Kings Charles III, Undercover) leads the cast as protagonist July in The Long Song, a three-part adaptation of...
Les Misérables First Look Image of the new BBC Drama
The BBC have unveiled the first official picture from their adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. The mini series sees Dominic...
New drama line up revealed by the BBC
The BBC have revealed a line up new dramas that will appear across their channels in the coming months. Black...
The Power Game: Hagadan (ITV 27 Dec 1965, with George Sewell)
In Hagadan Bligh’s have two possible profitable developments on the table, Wilder has to decide which of the two offers...
Hulu’s The First to premiere Sep 14
Academy Award(R)-winning actor Sean Penn stars in Beau Willimon’s upcoming Hulu original drama series “The First” which is set to...
Zodiac: Sting Sting Scorpio (ITV 25 Mar 1974, with Robert Powell)
In Sting, Sting, Scorpio! an elderly fortune teller friend of Esther’s is found dead in her Brighton shop. Convinced it’s...
Picnic At Hanging Rock Episode 2 airs 18 Jul on BBC-2
The plot kicks into gear with the second episode of Picnic At Hanging Rock, airing on Wednesday 18 July on...
Mother of the Year, Season Finale of Pose airs July 22 on FX
Season one of Pose comes to a close with Mother of the Year, the eighth episode, airing on Sunday 22...
Howards Way (BBC-1 1985-1990, Maurice Colbourne, Jan Harvey)
Drama series Howard’s Way was a mainstay of Sunday night prime time for most of the late 1980s and Britains...
Cribb (ITV 1979-1981, Alan Dobie, William Simons)
In Victorian times Detective Sergeant Cribb works for the newly formed C.I.D; Its the time of Jack the Ripper and...
Survivors (BBC-1 1975-1977, Ian McCulloch, Denis Lill)
Post plague drama series. When a deadly plague virus wipes out 90% of the worlds population a motley group of...