return to AmsterdamIn the first episode of the second series, detective Piet Van Der Valk (Marc Warren) is called in to investigate the gruesome murder of Susie De Windt.
When budding cop Job Cloovers returns to work, even Van Der Valk is relieved to arrive – if anyone can help unravel these puzzling notes, it’s Job.
The team gets their first lead from Susie’s case files. Days earlier, she had won a case on behalf of the city to evict a group of artist squatters – the wind farm where her body was found was supposed to relocate the group.
Spinoza in Van der Valk
Eagle-eyed viewers familiar with the Dutch capital will have noticed a cameo appearance by philosopher Baruch Spinoza – his statue, anyway.
Spinoza, who is considered “one of the most important philosophers” and “most radical of the early modern period”, was inspired by the groundbreaking ideas of René Descartes.
He became a leading philosophical figure of the Dutch Golden Age, known for his beliefs in freedom of expression, tolerance and religion.
Speaking of inews.co.uk Screenwriter Chris Murray said, “As I walked past the statue of Spinoza, I got an idea for the plot.
“The city spawned almost all of the episodes. For example, Amsterdam has a rich history of squatters and alternative communities, which sparked the idea for the first episode.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/national/uk-today/20607076.itv-van-der-valk-returns-screens—spinoza-statue-featured/?ref=rss As ITV Van Der Valk returns to screens, here is the Spinoza statue