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NPO starts the year with a great war series

The year has started well with a great NPO war series. get together the ancestoran ambitious eight-part series spanning over sixty years.

The NPO has shown in 2022 that you don’t need to open HBO Max or Netflix to get better drama series. Thirty, eyeballs, Fortune’s year, yeshame: all examples of strong drama series from Dutch soil.

NPO presents: The Ancestor

That is an achievement of which we can be proud. So the NPO sets the bar high, but don’t worry. Everything indicates that public broadcasting will mark again this year. On January 1, the NPO kicked off 2023 with an up-and-coming drama series.

get together the ancestor, a new drama series that you can now stream on NPO Start. The war series covers the period between 1919 and 1990 and is based on the autobiography of the same name by Alexander Münninghoff, in which the journalist investigates his family’s role in World War II.

dark past in war

Alexander, played by Matthijs van de Sande Bakhuyzen, fell head over heels for Ellen (Sallie Harmsen) in the late 1960s. He fell head over heels for the free and confident woman. However, the romantic affair soon ends after he finds out that his father was an SS man in World War II. Ellen, whose family survived the war almost unscathed, wants nothing more to do with him.

At least, that’s his initial plan. A month later she reappears with spicy news: she is pregnant. The couple decides to keep the child and even get married. However, Ellen has one important condition: that Alexander dive into his family’s dark past and deal with it. A search that she shows that she knows very little about what her parents and her grandfather did during World War II.

big names

However, that is only the beginning. Start point. Director Diederik van Rooijen, whom you may know by pain, thus takes you from 1919 to 1990, telling the story of the autobiography by jumping back and forth in time. That’s why some characters are played by multiple actors.

Speaking of the cast: it therefore consists of, among others, Sallie Harmsen, Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Marcel Hensema, Robert de Hoog and Matthijs van de Sande Bakhuyzen. Not even the smallest names! A true story, a top-notch cast, and a book hailed as its source material – that bodes well!

The NPO Ancestor Start the True Story War Series
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So the first one came out on January 1 and it was very well received. the ancestor it will eventually consist of eight episodes, which will air every Sunday on NPO 1. After that, you can stream the episodes in Home NPOand with NPO Plus you can immediately watch all the episodes.

Interested in more war stories from Dutch soil? then also check The robbery, a true war movie about one of the most dangerous resistance missions during World War II, which you can also watch for free. Bingo!

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