Matthijs van Nieuwkerk has taken a gamble with his Saturday night show Matthijs Continues to bet on ‘older’ guests and a lot of music. Sven Figee’s big band, for example, is a major part of the program, as is the regular section Forever Young.
“I had the luxury of being given something to me,” said Van Nieuwkerk, who made the last episode of exactly one year ago on Saturday. The world moves on, in On 1. “Had I written my ideas on a piece of paper and had I been 23, it would have been thrown in the trash.”
Still, he was warned about his ideas, including the permanent part Forever Young, where a slightly older, inspiring person is a guest every week. Herman van Veen, Peter Faber and Harry Sacksioni already came by.
Van Nieuwkerk ignored all advice. “I thought: this cannot be bad. And I am not saying that out of pride, but because I surround myself with a good editorial team and also because Sven is so good. I wanted to make something that is not there yet. A lot is there. all and very much alike. I wanted a big band, I wanted Sven. He really is the king of the program and composed the band (the Sven Hammond Big Band, ed.). ”
According to Van Nieuwkerk, who will close the first series of ten episodes on Saturday, his program is “very successful. And we have only just started.” The talk show host is betting on 1.1 million viewers for the closing. “We went forward for an hour, from 9.30 pm to 8.30 pm. And 8.30 pm is actually still meant for the family.”
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