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Experts choose Koot & Bie as the best Dutch TV duo ever

The jury consisted of nine TV experts, including editor-in-chief Roy van Vilsteren of the VARA guide, media historian Huub Wijfjes and former NRC critic Hans Beerekamp. The jury assessed a list of sixty couples from Dutch television history. The main criterion was the extent to which they strengthened each other when they were seen together on television.

Seven out of nine jury members put Koot & Bie in first place. The Hague cabaret duo made programs for the VPRO for almost thirty years, such as Simplisties Verbond, Keek op de Week and Krasse Knarren. In addition to TV programs, the duo also made some very successful LPs with sketches.

Their programs yielded a wealth of iconic characters, such as Jakobse & Van Es, Gé and Arie Temmes, the Klisjeemannetjes, de Vieze Man, critical AVRO member Cor van der Laak, the sisters Jet and Koosje Veenendaal and mother and son Carla and Frank van Putten. In 1998 Koot & Bie made their last program together, although they never officially announced the split up.

Frits Barend and Henk van Dorp finished in second place, who had a late night talk show on RTL4 between 1999 and 2006. According to the jury, they were pioneers with the “loose talk show with the nuts on the table, a concept that is now used by every talk show.” Bronze was for Arjan Ederveen and Tosca Niterink with their Theo & Thea shows and Kreatief met Kurk.

Other nominees were Mike & Thomas, Plien & Bianca, Bassie & Adriaan and Carlo & Irene.

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