After a successful season in Belgium, it was time for a Dutch version of Code van Coppens. In this new program, which begins on Sunday, the famous Dutch must try to break free from the spectacular escape rooms. They receive help from the Belgian brothers Staf and Mathias.
“I had a lot of fun during the recording. I have always been a fan of the Dutch on television,” presenter Mathias Coppens told ANP. “You are much more outgoing than the Flemings. They are quite reserved and shy. The Dutch really don’t mince their words. I love it.”
In Code van Coppens – De Wraak van de Belggen, which can be seen weekly on SBS6 from January 3, the celebrities are locked in pairs in a room full of science experiments, codes and mysteries. Olcay Gulsen and Ruud de Wild, among others, participate and Monique Smit and Kees Tol and Leonie ter Braak and Tina de Bruin have locked themselves up on purpose. Can they escape a maximum security prison, an abandoned lab, or the home of a serial killer?
All of the tests that the participants have to perform in the rooms were designed and implemented by the two brothers. “The staff and I have been doing science programs for seven years,” says Mathias, 42. “We’ve always done everything ourselves. It’s a bit characteristic of our programs. So we were able to draw a lot from it.”
Mathias is happy that he can now leave the experiments to others. “In Coppens’ body, we have always done something. Now, finally, our body is not being tested, ”he jokes. “But escape rooms are always full of science stuff.”
Fight between Belgians and Dutch
The agonizing and humorous program isn’t just about cracking the code to open the door to the outside. Staf and Mathias also hope to teach the viewer something. “It would be nice if it was entertainment that people are learning too. In Belgium, for example, excerpts from the show are used to explain to children in class. So it’s not a traditional escape room, it’s also a matter of science. “
He finds it good that the program also deals with the old battle between Belgians and Dutch. “My brother is married to Dutch people. So for us, this fight has always been a bit,” he jokes.
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