Van der Valk: Destroying Angel (ITV 20 Sep 1972, with Artro Morris)

In Destroying Angel Van der Valk and Kroon investigate the suspected poisoning that has led to the death of a man who had been living in a seedy boarding house/knocking shop. The investigation leads Van der Valk into another case involving a fatal car crash that happened in France 20 years before. Inevitably the two are closely linked.

The seedy underbelly of Amsterdam is very much at the centre of this episode with both drugs and prostitution a major part of the story. Also there is more of Van der Valk at home with wife Arlette (they also go out for drinks too), something of a rarity for a TV cop, Piet Van de Valk has a settled home life.

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Van der Valk at home with his wife Arlette (Susan Travers).

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 20 September 1972 at 9.00pm

Writer: Michael Chapman / Production Design: Peter Le Page / Director: Graham Evans

Series: Van der Valk Season 1 Episode 2

Barry Foster as Van der Valk
Michael Latimer as Kroon
Susan Travers as Arlette
Trevor Martin as Patrolman
Artro Morris as Georges Martin
Geoirge Howe as Sartorius
Jonathan Newth as Chemist
James Cairncross as Dr Jagerman
Walter Brown as Mulder
Clifford Parrish as Pathologist
Patricia Quinn as Yvonne
Alan Haines as Mertens
Michael Hannah as Barman
Richard Hurndall as Picard
Julian d’Albie as The Baron

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