Mark Lawson visits Amsterdam in search of the detective Van Der Valk and his rather British creator. With Saskia Noort.
The Van der Valk novels written by Nicholas Freeling became a popular Thames TV series starring Barry Foster in the 1970s. A British chef who lived first in Holland and then France, Freeling's books depict both post-war Europe and the development of closer European ties in the European Union.
Mark Lawson's series exploring European history through crime fiction continues with a trip to Amsterdam in search of Van der Valk. Lord Grey Gowrie remembers interviewing Nicholas Freeling before his death in 2003, and Dutch author Saskia Noort describes her books about crimes involving women which draw on trends in Dutch society now.
Producer: Robyn Read
First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2012.