De Volkskrant TV selection for Saturday 24 December

Helen Mirren in ‘The Queen’ by Stephen Frears.

The Queen

NPO 2, 7:42 p.m

(Drama, Stephen Frears, 2006)

The British queen loved animals more than people, that could be one of the conclusions from the feature film The Queen, about the painful period in England after the death of Princess Diana. Besides protagonist Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen stands out. As the young and immensely popular Tony Blair, he is confronted with increasing criticism of the cold, emotionless royal family after Diana’s death. His encounters with the queen are beautifully portrayed. But the best moments are for Mirren solo, as the confused monarch who seems to lose her grip on her family, her people and her life.

Knives Out

Veronica, 8 p.m

(Comedy, Rian Johnson, 2019) “That guy pretty much lives on a Cluedo board,” says someone in Knives Out about Benoit Blanc. The cowboy-talking detective has been hired to investigate the apparent suicide of thriller author, millionaire and patriarch Harlan Trombey. Blanc (Daniel Craig) is the type of detective who gathers all the suspects for a monologue that exposes the killer and Knives Out bravado is heading for such a denouement. Old-fashioned amusing game of detective (the sequel Glass Onions now running on Netflix).

Ana de Armas and Daniel Craig in Rian Johnson's Knives Out.  Image

Ana de Armas and Daniel Craig in Rian Johnson’s Knives Out.

2Doc: Mom

NPO 2, 9.44 pm

The Rotterdam drag queen Ma’MaQueen knows how difficult it is if you are not accepted. That is why she has created a safe haven for fellow sufferers who cannot count on understanding of their own environment. In her documentary Mom shows Esmée van Loon how Ma’MaQueen took care of six ‘drag children’ of different ages, from different corners of the world. They feel safe and seen under the wings of Ma’MaQueen.

Shared smarts

NPO 1, 10:04 PM

In Shared smarts Brigitte Kaandorp, the queen of Dutch cabaret, and Jenny Arean, the empress of Dutch chanson, join forces. They form a golden combination: Kaandorp is a cabaret artist who supplements her programs with songs, while Arean, twenty years her senior, is primarily a singer, but with a predilection for cabaret. Shared smarts is a succession of evergreens, interspersed with anecdotes and commentary.

Top 2000: The opening

NPO 3, 10.41 pm

Before the 24th edition of the Top 2000 starts on NPO Radio 2, pop connoisseur Leo Blokhuis looks ahead at this year’s list, together with the DJs who present the program between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Top 2000: The opening is a mix of live performances, special images and personal Top 2000 stories, after which DJ Bart Arens will provide the spectacular kick-off. He presents the list together with twelve colleagues, including Jeroen van Inkel, Gijs Staverman and Ruud de Wild.

Christmas duets: the Christmas story with Stef Bos

NPO 2, 10.48 pm

From the recently restored Grote Kerk in Loenen aan de Vecht, singer Stef Bos tells the story of the birth of Jesus in his own way, drawing inspiration from his own life, his family, current events and music. Classics pass by like The First Noel and Gloria in excelsis Deobut also for example Fragile from Sting. Bos will be joined by his musical colleagues Edsilia Rombley, Frank Boeijen, Berget Lewis, Desray and Diggy Dex.

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

Just 5, 11:32 pm

(Musical, Mel Stuart, 1971) Fantastic film adaptation of the novel by Roald Dahl, who wrote the screenplay himself. Willy Wonka opens the doors of his chocolate factory to five children and their parents. Poor man Charlie is actually the only one who really deserves the prize. With beautiful decors, fine songs and with Gene Wilder in the role of a contact-disturbed factory director – much more fun than Johnny Depp, who played the role years later in Tim Burton’s remake. Keeping animal lovers away from the scene in the tunnel, when a chicken is decapitated on screen.

From left to right: Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum and Gene Wilder in Mel Stuart's 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory'.  Image

From left to right: Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum and Gene Wilder in Mel Stuart’s ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’.

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