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Captain Zeppos -- Series Three

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Introduction

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Locations

In the first episode of Tweng, Kapitein Zeppos and Ariane pay a visit to Erik, their sailor friend, at the local snooker hall. They ask him whether he knows anything about Tweng - he seems not to have heard the word, but passes them a beermat with a line drawing of a church. He implies that the church it depicts is linked to what Zeppos and Ariane are looking for.

Acting upon this clue, Zeppos and Ariane drive to the church in the Amphicar and explore the building and its grounds.

The church in question is St. John the Baptist Church at Afsnee, Sint-Denijs-Westrem, a suburb of Gent in Flanders. This church dates back to the Twelfth Century, although subsequent generations made additions and necessary repairs to the building, with significant restoration work undertaken in the Eighteenth and Twentieth centuries. The result is a fascinating blend of Latin and early Gothic styles. The church remains in use to this day.

The filming in 1968 took place six years before the most recent restoration work was undertaken, although the building today is pretty much as the film crew would have found it. The church exterior is shown in an establishing shot which cuts from the shot (above, left) of Zeppos studying the image on the beermat. Actors Senne Rouffaer and Vera Veroft then enter the church, and, as Kapitein Zeppos and Ariane, they look around the interior (also shot at this location). Finding nothing pertinent to their investigation, the pair exit to the church grounds. Eventually they find a newly-planted grave marker in the form of a wooden cross by the boundary wall, which directs them to Overslag.

Modern image of St. John the Baptist Church, Afsnee courtesy of www.belgiumview.com. Reproduced with permission.

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