Van Der Valk season 2 — release date, cast, plot, trailer and everything we know

Marc Warren returns as the Dutch detective in Van Der Valk Season 2.
Marc Warren returns as the Dutch detective in Van Der Valk Season 2. (Image credit: ITV)

Van Der Valk season 2 is finally here in both the UK and US, with fans desperate to see more of the maverick Dutch detective. 

Marc Warren won rave reviews as Piet Van Der Valk when ITV and PBS revived the hit 1970s series starring Barry Foster in 2020, and the Dutch capital's picturesque scenery proved equally popular with viewers. 

As season two begins, Van der Valk and his team continue to investigate and solve compelling murder mysteries against the bustling backdrop of the stunning city of Amsterdam

The show is back for three parts and it's even been confirmed that a third series is also on the way.

Here's everything you need to know about Van Der Valk season 2 on ITV and PBS... 

Van Der Valk Season 2 release date

Van Der Valk season 2 has aired now in the UK, but you can watch it still on the ITV Hub.

In the US the series is released on Sunday, September 25 at 9 pm ET on PBS. 

Van Der Valk Series 2 cast

Marc Warren (Beecham HouseThe Good Wife) returns as the mercurial detective, Commissaris Piet Van der Valk, with Maimie McCoy (All Creatures Great and Small, Grantchester) once again playing his partner, Detective Lucienne Hassell.

"It’s been such an amazing response and such huge audiences," said Maimie when asked about a prospective second series before it was ordered. "I think as a team we’ve created something that’s the beginning of something brilliant. We’re all itching to get back to it and building those relationships and creating those characters.”

Luke Allen-Gale (The Borgias), Elliot Barnes-Worrell (Ready Player One), and Darrell D’Silva (Domina) return to their respective roles within Van Der Valk's team, while Emma Fielding (Years and Years) is back as the detective's boss, Julia Dahlman.

Van Der Valk Season 2 plot

Storylines explored this season include an explosive battle between an alternative community and the city’s establishment, the dysfunction of a family at the heart of the city’s historic diamond industry, and sexual exploitation within the world of classical music that goes right to the top.

Van Der Valk Season 2 Episode Guide 

Episode one sees Van der Valk and his team called to investigate the murder of a solicitor whose body has been strung up on a wind farm on the city's outskirts. 

When a cryptic note is found inside the pocket of her coat the team are soon on the trail of someone who is killing in ways that are linked to the flag of Amsterdam and the city's most famous philosopher, Baruch Spinoza. 

Van Der Valk Season two

Van Der Valk and his right-hand woman, Inspector Lucienne Hassell played by Maimie McCoy  (Image credit: ITV Pictures )

Episode Two 

The billionaire founders of a diamond company, the Cuyper family, find themselves under scrutiny after one of their employees is found murdered and his carved up body deposited on the door steps of the their luxury mansions. 

Call The Midwife actor Leo Staar, plays Florian Barby, the Cuyper family's psychotherapist who knows all their darkest secrets. 

Episode Three 

Corruption, coercion and an international sex-trafficking ring are revealed when a classical musician is targeted in a vicious acid attack and later dies. 

As the team investigate her murder there are personal connections for Inspector Lucienne Hassell (Maimie McCoy) when the victim is found to be in a relationship with Lucienne's ex-girlfriend, Femke de Haan (Eva Marie de Waal). 

Where can I watch Van Der Valk Season 1?

All three episodes of the first series are available on the ITV Hub for viewers watching in the UK. US viewers can watch the first series via Prime Video.

Is there a trailer?

Yes, and here it is...

Sean Marland
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Sean has been writing about all things telly for over 10 years and in that time he's been lucky enough to interview stars like Ian McKellen, Tom Hardy and Kate Winslet. His favourite shows are The Great British Bake-Off, People Just Do Nothing and Succession and in his spare time he enjoys drinking tea, doing crosswords and watching football.