- Captain Zeppos
Captain Zeppos is a Belgian children's television series from the 1960s, based on a script by
Lode De Groof. Its original title (in Dutch) is Kapitein Zeppos. In all, the BRT made three series with a Flemish actor, Senne Rouffaer, in the title role.
Belderbos - 16 episodes (1964)
A strange man arrives in Belder on horseback, and introduces himself as Captain Zeppos. Initially, he is met with suspicion and jealousy, but he soon befriends a local, Ben Kurrel. It becomes apparent that Zeppos had a motive to come to Belder: when in Greece a stranger had made him an offer on a piece of land he had inherited near the town. Ben Kurrel and his friend Rita Mees help him investigate the mystery.
De Eglantier - 8 episodes (1968)
Strange things happen in Belder - a group of hunters are regularly spotted around town, and Zeppos' wife Arianne meets 'Aunt Cara' a mysterious woman who can stand on her head. All seems to revolve around art thefts in nearby churches.
Tweng - 8 episodes (1968)
Tweng is a pacifist organisation led by mister Elias, who asks Zeppos to take charge of his cause, as he is lacking the strength to continue
Senne Rouffaer - Captain Zeppos/Uncle Nico
Raymond Bossaerts - Ben Kurrel
Raymond Verhaeghe - Alfred Kurrel
Jo Nupie - Agnès Kurrel/Erna
Herman Smits - Roel Kurrel
Alex Wilequet - Policeman
Henriette Cabanier - Grandma
Cyriel Van Gent - Gust the Postman
Paula Sleyp - Slien
Jan Reusens - Miel
Truus Demedts - Rita Mees
Fik Moeremans - Pukkel
Vera Veroft - Ariane Despinal
Robert Maes - Ivo/Baker Mees
Rik Bravenboer - Ward/Policeman
Marc Van Acker - Ben, as a boy
Marc De Munck - Wim
Fons Derre - Nelis, Forester
Bart Rouffaer - Zeppos, as a child
Jacques Germain - Plumber
Alice Toen - Martha
Dora Van der Groen - Beatrice
Ward Deravet - Baral
Jo Coppens - Blonde Frans/Slome Piet
François Bernard - Marinus
Jef Van Dalsen - Raf
Jos Simons - Max
Ivo Pauwels - Figaro
Mary Boduin - Usherette
Dolf Denis - Bernard Spriet
Jackie Morel - Blonde Frans/Slome Piet
Jef Demedts - Peters
René Peeters - Wittock
Piet Herman - Notary
R. Berghmans - Flower Girl
Frank Struys - Postman
André Delys - Policeman
Hans Caprino - Black Person
Jos Mahu - Doorman
Mrs Schepers - Manageress
Jaak Van Hombeek - Policeman
Paul Van Roey - Drillmaster post
Jaak Germain - Overseer
In other languages / countries
Series 1 was translated into English and screened by the
BBCfrom October 1966.
It was broadcasted in the original Flemish in Belgium, the Netherlands and (with subtitles)in Sweden and Finland.
There are commemorative Kaptein Zeppos cafes in both Amsterdam and Antwerp.
The theme tune for the series was "Living it Up", recorded by
Bert Kaempfertand His Orchestra. Featuring Kaempfert's characteristic trumpet sound, it became very popular at the time the first series was airing.
Zeppos drove an
amphibious vehiclein series 2 and 3, resulting in this type of car being referred to as a "Zeppos" in Flanders even years later.
Most of the location filming was done in
Roosdaalin Flemish Brabant.
* [http://www.zeppos.co.uk/uk_index.htm A Captain Zeppos tribute site]
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