New Programme Schedules RTL 4, 5 and 7 will get off to a flying start next in the autumn TV season.

RTL Nederland's family of stations will get off to a flying start in the coming TV season. Market leader RTL 4 (Je Raakt Niet Uitgekeken) will continue to build on its current success. The greatly altered RTL 5 - by-line Jouw Nieuwe RTL 5 (Your New RTL 5) - will become RTL Nederland's second general channel, but with slightly more 'bite' than RTL 4. The totally new RTL 7 (Verrassend Vertrouwd) will complement its two sister channels, completing RTL's offer. In all, the viewer will be presented with a very wide range of programmes covering every conceivable genre: sport, news, drama, reality, comedy, infotainment, major entertainment, blockbuster films and movies for film buffs. Next season's programmes constitute an optimal mix of home-grown and foreign programmes, established hits or innovative products, with the programmes spread over all of RTL Nederland's mutually complementary channels. RTL will kick off the new season with live soccer games from the top Dutch division (on 12 August) and thereby expects to give many viewers great pleasure right from the outset.

RTL 4 will be extending its current hits and also introducing some new programmes to the popular station. Its much-loved early evening schedule will remain unchanged, with RTL Nieuws, Editie NL, RTL Boulevard (fronted by the new presenter Daphne Bunskoek) and Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden, all of which should guarantee the channel an audience of at least 1 million.
By general demand programmes like Achmea Kennisquiz, Looking Good, Life & Cooking, Char, Het Medium and Staatsloterij Live will be back in their familiar slots.
Next season, the successful lifestyle evening (regularly watched by 2 million viewers every Tuesday) will be complemented by the new programme Help, M'n Man Is Een Klusser. John Williams will go to homes where the master of the household clearly is no handyman and help the poor victims by providing some expert assistance. Meanwhile, TV Makelaar will have a new presenter next season: Marilou le Grand. Together with Sybrand Niessen she will assist house buyers and sellers to find their ideal home or a buyer.
The range of popular 'infotainment' programmes (Eigen Huis & Tuin, Camping Life, House Vision, Aperitivo, House Vision) will be extended, with the advent of the brand new programme Jetsetters, in which Myrna Goossen will take viewers into stores at home and abroad for jewellery, clocks and other riches destined for the 'happy few'.
The true stories cherished by millions of viewers and the programmes with almost criminally high ratings, like Baantjer, Grijpstra & De Gier and Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) will of course be back. CSI will even end the season with an episode devised and directed by film icon Quentin Tarantino which drew an audience of over 30 million viewers when it was shown in the USA.
Last season no fewer than 1.7 million Dutch viewers watched the British series The Nanny, screened in the Netherlands as EHBO: Eerste Hulp Bij Opvoeden. So from October 23 onwards a Dutch nanny will try to tame disobedient kids in a home-grown version of this format. The successful Dutch version of the British hit show Wife Swap (Jouw Vrouw, Mijn Vrouw) will also be back for a new series.
Countless Dutch households will also be delighted with the return of that familiar Saturday night feeling, conveyed by hit shows like Dancing With The Stars (with Sylvana Simons and Ron 'Mister Saturday Night' Brandsteder) followed by Idols (presented by Chantal Janzen and Martijn Krabbé).
Robbert van den Broeke, the medium who already shared his paranormal gifts with us on Life & Cooking, will be given his own programme together with Irene Moors, entitled Er Is Zoveel Meer. Robbert will photograph ghosts, take a look at corn circles, do readings for people in their homes, discuss various issues with sceptics and visit some places where strange events occurred.

Football will occupy a very important place on RTL's second big channel, the completely revolutionised RTL 5, which will be the only free TV station to show live first division soccer games on Friday nights. The new season will kick off on August 12 with AZ Alkmaar versus Sparta. On Monday the matches played at the weekend will be discussed on Voetbal Insite by Johan Derksen, newcomer Barbara Barend and Wim Kieft, always joined by a prominent figure from the soccer scene. As well as showing excerpts of top-flight games, Voetbal Insite will also screen the best moments of games from the prestigious English Premier League. It is now also certain that RTL 5 will be bringing viewers eight matches played in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. On those evenings when two games are being played simultaneously, one of the two will be shown on RTL 5, thanks to a sublicensing agreement reached with NOS.
Blockbuster films shown at weekends will form another pillar of RTL 5. Thanks to film deals with Universal, Fox and Sony Columbia, next season the channel will screen the TV premieres of Love Actually, Johnny English, Ali G Indahouse, 2 Fast 2 Furious, American Wedding and The Hulk. Other cinema hits shown on RTL 5 will include Bridget Jones Diary, The Mummy Returns and Notting Hill.
More major successes, like the Dutch travel magazine RTL Travel (previously Yorin Travel), and Herman Den Blijker: Herrie In De Keuken! have also been given a slot on Your New RTL 5, as have top international series like CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, 24, Friends and the new show Heren Maken De Man. This much-talked-about American reality TV series involves a team of different specialists, all of whom are gay, revamping the style of dress and home interior of a dozy heterosexual. Diva Patty Brard and crime journalist John van den Heuvel, each authorities in their respective domains, will also each be hosting their own programme on RTL 5 next season.
The 'rough edge' of the major new-look channel will also be underscored by the American programme Date My Mom (by going on a date with a mother, can you tell whether or not you would like to get to know her daughter better?) and the Dutch version of Beter In Bed!, in which some fire will be rekindled in the washed-out sex lives of contemporary couples by providing some practical tips.
Every weekday evening's programmes next season on RTL 5 will be rounded off by the self-willed Robert Jensen, who will host a late-night talk show, inviting guests from the worlds of showbiz, politics and sport to discuss, but also lampoon, current affairs.

During the day, the brand new RTL 7 will be the Netherlands' news channel, with the celebrated eagle-eyed programme RTL Z keeping viewers constantly up to date on the latest international news and share prices on the AEX. But viewers can also tune in directly - day or night - to RTL 7 for coverage of any breaking news.
RTL 7 viewers will receive more (business) news from shows like Business Class, Nederland In Bedrijf, Yacht Vision and the new medical consumer programme Onder Controle?!.
With the exception of football, next season RTL 7 will screen all prestigious sporting events, like Wimbledon, the Dakar Rally and Masters Of Darts on a daily basis.
Verrassend Vertrouwd is definitely a comedy classic, just like M*A*S*H and Allo, 'Allo!, which appears to have found its second wind.
New in the Netherlands is The Contender, a 17-part reality TV series in which promising professional boxers can fight for a top prize of $1 million under the watchful eye of Sylvester Stallone. Further series shown on RTL 7, like Walker, Medicopter 117, Cobra 11, Der Clown and She Spies will guarantee viewers plenty of enjoyable action.
Strijd Der Elementen is a new popular science game show that will be screened on RTL 7 starting on October 16 and in which Sybrand Niessen will lead a team in the battle against one of four elements: earth, air, fire or water.
Real film buffs will also be spoilt for choice on RTL 7, with a wide range of evergreen hits, including Star Wars, The Full Monty, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Planet Of The Apes, Das Boot, Kalifornia, The Hurricane (TV premiere) and the following films by Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Soldaat Van Oranje, Turks Fruit and Spetters).
Every day at 8.30 p.m., to meet rising demand, RTL 7 will give viewers a second chance to see favourite Dutch programmes previously shown on RTL 4 and RTL 5 either again or for the first time. Next season, too, repeats of productions like Idols will be enjoyed for a second time by hundreds of thousands of viewers.
Docureality programmes like De Politie Op Je Hielen, Sport, Levensgevaarlijk and Mayday Mayday will complete the range of programmes broadcast by RTL 7.
So all in all, right from the start of the new TV season, RTL's family of stations - RTL 4, RTL 5 and RTL 7 - will be offering a very rich, full range of programmes, providing something for everyone, no matter what their preferences.

Source: Translation of the press release of RTL Nederland issued on 21 July 2005


22.07.2005 - RTL 4,RTL 5,RTL 7,RTL Nederland