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Debt Society

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In a working-class neighborhood in North Amsterdam, almost everyone is deep in debt. Every month a parade of heavies, a bailiff, a police officer and a locksmith moves through the streets to evict people from their homes. It’s the ultimate, most dramatic consequence of the centuries-old hunt down on debtors. While the locals struggle with fines, guilt and shame, bailiffs and social workers face locked doors. At city hall, a councilman designates the debt problem as the spearhead of his policy. Meanwhile, the unpaid bills keep piling up.

Zembla: Dutch Roses from Ethiopia

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One of the world’s largest rose producers is located in Ethiopia, the Dutch company Sher. Every day, Sher produces between 3 and 4 million roses for the European market. The roses carry the Fairtrade label, an international certificate for fair and sustainable products. Zembla travels to Africa and investigates how ‘fairly’ the roses are produced.

Backlight: The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy

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You won’t read about it in the papers, but a silent worldwide revolution is taking place: renewable energy is becoming cheaper than energy from fossil fuels. More and more, opting for wind and solar energy is no longer an ethical choice but an economic one. This will speed up the transfer to renewable energy.

Backlight: Cyberjihad

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Jihadists are fighting a war on social media. The propaganda they spread is getting ever more professional. Which virtual weapons will ISIS deploy to radicalise young people in the West? Why do young Europeans fall for ‘the medieval reality show’ of ISIS?

Letting you go

Sanne (27) suffers from borderline personality disorder, chronic depression and insomnia. After nine years of intensive treatment without positive results, she has decided she does not want to live any longer. She tells her father and best friends about her death wish to give them the chance to come to terms with her decision and say their goodbyes. We see Sanne in her final weeks, in which she looks forward to the day she will finally find peace by self-euthanasia. Letting you go is about a psychiatric patient’s right to self-determination, the longing for peace and the biggest sacrifice a father can make out of love for his child.

Our Man in Tehran

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Curiosity brought Thomas Erdbrink (38) to Iran years ago, and now he’s married to an award-winning Iranian photographer and lives there as one of the last Western journalists in a country always at odds with the rest of the world.

Travels around the World

A dynamic series about travelling and tourism for young people. The presenters travel the world in search of the most inspiring, beautiful and unique travel destinations, resulting in two travel reports per episode.

Living at the End of the World

Award-winning Dutch leading travel show presenter, Floortje Dessing, travels to remote areas in the world and meets local people to find out what it is like to live at the end of the world.

No Man’s Land

In No Man’s Land Rudi Vranckx spends six episodes travelling across Africa from east to west: from Mogadishu, one of the most dangerous cities in the world, to Timbuktu, one of the most legendary cities in the world. He travels through Somalia, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Chad, Niger and Mali. His journey takes him to several important front lines of the future. He goes in search of stories about people in one of the least known regions on earth. His aim is to give people a face we do not know, we often don’t wish to know, and who we are only interested in when they are washed ashore in a boat on the Mediterranean.


Brothers and Sisters. You don’t get to choose them but your family bond lasts a lifetime. Sometimes they are your trusted friends, sometimes they are your rivals. But what is it like when your sibling is a megastar, an icon? We meet siblings Leon Hendrix, George Obama, Vanessa Branson and Stella Parton.

From Sochi to Yerevan

Russia Today – From Moscow to Magadan (7 x 45’), From Moscow to Murmansk (8 x 45’), From Sochi to Yerevan (6 x 45’)

In From Moscow to Magadan journalist Jelle Brandt Corstius travels around modern Russia and its satellite states in a quest for authentic and interesting stories that dominate the lives of ordinary Russians. Speaking Russian fluently, Jelle travels from the west to the east part of Russia and visits the endless Russian countryside and villages. In the second series From Moscow to Murmansk, Jelle travels from north to south, along Russia’s biggest river, the Wolga. A journey that carries us through unknown cities such as Murmansk, Volgograd, Nizjni and Novgorod. In the third series From Sochi to Yerevan Jelle manages again to reveal an unknown side of Russia today.


This is a four part series on the fate of deported children of asylum-seekers in the Netherlands. Over the past ten years, many hundreds of children have been deported to countries they have little or no memory of, their parents having sought political asylum in the Netherlands but ultimately been rejected, leaving them the choice of leaving voluntarily in exchange for money or being forcibly deported by the Dutch government. Politically responsible administrators guaranteed that these children would be fine in the country of their parents. But virtually nothing is known about what actually happened to them after their deportation.

This series tells the story of deported children in  Iraq, Afghanistan, Angola, Armenia, and Kosovo.

From Moscow to Magadan

In this entertaining series author and host Jelle Brandt Corstius travels around modern Russia and its satellite states in a quest for authentic and interesting stories that dominate the lives of ordinary Russians today. In the first series he travels from the west to the east part of Russia and visits the endless Russian countryside and villages.

From Moscow to Murmansk

In the second series, the sequel to season 1 From Moscow to Magadan, Jelle Brandt Corstius travels from north to south, along Russia’s biggest river, the Wolga. A journey that carries us through unknown cities such as Murmansk, Volgograd, Nizjni Novgorod. This series is brought from the Russian perspective and the ideological vacuum, in which again Jelle manages to highlight an unknown side of Russia. Jelle for example visits the city Dzerzhinsk, one of the most polluted cities of the world. The factories are causing a high degree of pollution and the average life expectancy is forty-two years.

The Revolution Route

In The Revolution Route VRT News journalist Rudi Vranckx travels the front lines of the Arab Spring. He examines who are its winners and who are its losers. He talks to the revolution’s instigators and to its ‘accidental’ heroes, to victims and to opportunists, to rebels and to soldiers, to the regimes’fallen angels and to ordinary people who dream of living in freedom.

From Bihar to Bangalore

Jelle Brandt Corstius goes on a journey through India. Where, as an expert, he tried to explain Russia in the series From Moscow to Murmansk and From Moscow to Magadan, he is now a foreigner trying to understand India.

Good Morning Congo

50 years after Congo’s independence, Rudi Vranckx undertakes a journey, not without its risks, through our vast former colony – a world where once our flag fluttered in the breeze.

O’Hanlon’s Heroes – A series of discoveries through the 19th Century

He was born in the wrong century. Redmond O’Hanlon, the author of bestselling books like Into the heart of Borneo, In trouble again and Congo journey, decides to follow in the footsteps of his heroes: the explorers of the 19th century. The men who left everything behind to discover those blank spots on the map where no one had ever set foot before.

Travelling with O’Hanlon is a highly unpredictable event. Wherever he shows up things seem to change forever. The combination of his vast knowledge, his self mocking nature and his childish desire to go all the way makes following his journeys an often hilarious adventure.

The Beagle, On the future of species

The voyage of the HMS Beagle has been described as the most important journey ever made. During his travels, Charles Darwin gathered information and knowledge that would drastically change the way we look at the world.

The Road to Mecca

Are the West and the Muslim world heading for an inevitable clash or are we just experiencing the growing pains of a rapidly globalizing and multicultural world?

Steam Away

The most authentic form of train travels around the world will be explored in this wonderful new series.