Al Jazeera buys Dutch docusoap

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6 July 2006, AMSTERDAM — Al Jazeera has bought the Dutch programme 'Couscous & Cola' that follows eight young immigrants as they debate and then visit America.

6 July 2006

AMSTERDAM — Al Jazeera has bought the Dutch programme 'Couscous & Cola' that follows eight young immigrants as they debate and then visit America.

The programme will be aired before the end of the year on the Arab broadcaster's new English-language channel.

'Couscous & Cola' was made by Dutch company BNN. Originally broadcast in 2004, the show, presented by Patrick Lodiers, featured eight young people from immigrant backgrounds who had lived for years in the Netherlands but wanted to visit the US.

The centre-point of the programme was the impassioned talks given by the eight in the school's debating society. Several of the participants got to travel to America with Lodiers in the last episode.

A new series, involving the same eight people, starts filming in the autumn and will be aired on Dutch television in early 2007. The goal this time is to win a trip to Africa.

A spokesperson for the youth broadcaster said on Thursday it was the first time Al Jazeera had bought a Dutch programme.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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