Make your own free website on
Going Dutch
TV Guide, November 20, 1993
by Michael Logan

U.S. soaps are frequently dubbed in foreign language and syndicated to great success around the globe, but here's a first: Dutch TV has purchased the original 200-page bible for Ryan's Hope (which aired from 1976 [actually, 1975] to 1989) and will produce a serial based on the material. The landmark soap about the Irish-American and very Catholic Ryan clan was situated around a New York City bar. The Dutch version will be set in an Amsterdam cafe and will downplay the religious aspect - but the differences won't stop there. According to RH co-creator Claire Labine, the soap's strong emphasis on N.Y. ethnicity will be redesigned to reflect modern Holland (for example, African-American medic Clem Moultrie, played by Hannibal Penney, Jr., will become an Indonesian). And apparently the Dutch aren't too keen on blond ditzes: RH's most popular character, Delia - the peroxide princess played by the buxom Ilene Kristen - will be transformed into a petite and savvier brunette.

[Note: A brunette, savvier Delia? Blasphemy! And Delia was not a ditz, dammit! It was merely a guise to force her way into the Ryan family, because it was the only use that they had for her.]

More Articles

Back to Ryan's Bar Online