The Crime Series Mocro Mafia has a chance to win the Gouden Televizier-Ring this year. This is a huge honour, but RTL still has a double feeling from the producer. That confirms a spokesperson to the ANP, after Albert Verlinde yesterday in the TV program Show news said that the station would be in the stomach with the nomination because of the murder of Peter R. de Vries.
“It is a mixed feeling, but the series is also taken from life. Although the series continues Mocro Mafia fictitious and not based on reality,” RTL said in a response. The series, which is about the drug war in the Dutch underground world, has been available on Videoland since 2018. It can be viewed now for three seasons.
Albert Verlinde tells in Show news that he actually did not think about it at all at first, until he heard from “circles of RTL” that they were having some trouble. Verlinde paints a picture of what he thinks it will be like if the series actually wins the prize: „Then you have a gala where, of course, Peter R. de Vries is dwelt, and then the management of RTL is on stage: ‘ We have the prize, long live Mocro Mafia’” says Verlinde. “So there is quite a bit of noise at the moment.”
A spokesperson for RTL confirms this today. However, they hope for positive news for the producers, despite their mixed feelings. “The series is a springboard for new talent, front and behind the scenes. The series has received many votes and been nominated for a series award by the public. We are proud of this. We sincerely hope that the makers of the series will go home with the ring.”
The drama series is mainly set in the underworld in Amsterdam, where the story is followed of two drug lords who have a thriving cocaine trade (with all the liquidations and conspiracies that entails). Achmed Akkabi, the protagonist, co-created the series. It loosely draws from Wouter Laumans’ crime book about the rise and fall of serious criminals within the Netherlands.
The mocromafia was also implicated in the murder of Peter R. de Vries, July 2011. De Vries worked as a crime expert for, among other things, RTL Boulevard.