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Kapitein Zeppos -- Captain Zeppos

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The Series
• Series One
• Series One (BBC)
• Series Two
• Series Three
• Kurrel & Co.
• The Feature Film

Further Detail
• Biographies
• The Cars
• Merchandise
• Home Video

• Museum at the Mill
• Zeppos Café
• BRT/VRT Series

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• Credits & Links
• Contact Us

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Welcome to this website which takes a look at the Belgian television classic, Kapitein Zeppos. Written by Lode De Groof, directed by and starring Senne Rouffaer, the series is fondly remembered by several generations of Belgians. It was made for children, but it drew in nearly as many adult viewers as it did the youngsters.

The series was made in Flemish by Belgian Radio and Television (BRT) - now Vlaamse (Flemish) Radio and Television (VRT) - between 1964 and 1968. It saw broadcast in the original Flemish in Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland. As Captain Zeppos, it was dubbed into English by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), and transmitted just once between October 1966 and February 1967. The series also went on to captivate and entertain audiences in a number of other countries, too. Outside of Belgium and the Netherlands, the series is pretty much forgotten today, and this website aims to redress the balance a little.

Three serials were made, and although they were not referred to as such on screen, are commonly referred to as Belderbos, Eglantier and Tweng. Belderbos is the castle and grounds which Zeppos and Ariane Despinal inherit in the story. This first serial was made in sixteen episodes, although the story draws to a close at the end of the fifteenth episode, with the sixteenth being effectively a recap of the events of the whole serial. This sixteenth episode does not appear on the DVD and VHS edition recently issued in Belgium, but has been included in repeat runs.

The second serial, De Eglantier, was shorter than the first, being told across eight episodes. The 'Eglantier' of the title refers to a painting of a wild rose or 'Dog Rose'. The third serial - Tweng - was also told in eight parts, and the title is the name of a peace organisation that works with Captain Zeppos in his fight with the Sabos group.

All serials were made in half-hour installments on black and white film and survive intact to this day.

Kapitein Zeppos was a great success in Belgium and the Netherlands, both in the 1960s and the intervening years. The series is however, receiving a revival of interest now, following the series of repeats on VRT in 2004 to celebrate fifty years of Belgian television. There have also been Belgian home video releases of the series on VHS and DVD from Bridge Pictures / Vintage Films in association with VRT. You can read about these in our Home Video section.

The series also enjoyed forays into print, with books published in Flemish and English. There is even a Kapitein Zeppos Cafe in Amsterdam, which you can also read about at this site.

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