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Introduction

Episode Guide

Cast and Crew

Locations

Captain Zeppos -- Introduction

Made back-to-back with the second Kapitein Zeppos serial, De Eglantier, the third - Tweng - is a stylish production which takes the Captain on a bizarre journey through a world that combines espionage and comic-strip with a healthy serving of the surreal. The serial opens with a glorious location sequence focusing on Zeppos driving to the headquarters of the peace organisation, TWENG (hence the title). The sequence, full of daring camera moves and angles, is backed with a music track that is completely evocative of the late Sixties era and the result is the epitome of cool. But it doesn't stop there, for the serial as a whole is very cool indeed. Breathtaking cinematography, clever editing, an array of odd and interesting characters and some great performances from the regular and guest cast all contribute to making the final Kapitein Zeppos serial a genuine final flourish for the series.   

Tweng sees Kapitein Zeppos, his wife Ariane and Ben Kurrel pitted against SABOS, a militaristic secret organisation who probably owe more of their inspiration to 1930s Flash Gordon film serials than to James Bond (tin helmets abound!). Zeppos is set the task of shadowing Aunt Cara - who it appears may be a spy - by an equally secret and mysterious organisation called TWENG, who he ultimately learns are a group set up to thwart the plans of those, like SABOS, who are intent upon destruction and anarchy. Zeppos and Ariane's surveillance of Cara leads them into danger, deep within the catacombs of SABOS' fortress headquarters.  

As with De Eglantier, Tweng was written by Lode de Groof and directed by Jef Demedts, with the production crew of the second serial being carried over to work on the third. It is very clear that by this point, the team were extremely well-versed in film production and the directorial and editorial flourishes that are evident throughout Tweng bear testament to this. The serial moves along rapidly and is never anything other than stylish and exciting.

Location work was once more a vital part of the production. The medieval town of Gent was again utilised, as was - of course - the windmill at Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Lombeek in Pajottenland. The opening sequence referred to earlier ends up in the beautiful Groot Begijnhof, Sint-Amandsberg in Gent. Another sequence for Tweng was shot at the Sint Jan de Doperkerk church in the town of Sint-Denijs-Westrem. The major exterior location used in the serial however is the remarkable Fort VII in Wilrijk. Extensive interior footage was filmed here also. For more details on these filming locations, please see our Series 3 Locations page.

The serial was transmitted on Wednesday afternoons on the BRT (now VRT) in a 4.00-4.30pm slot commencing on 11th December 1968 (the week after the conclusion of De Eglantier). As with its predecessor, it lasted for eight weekly installments, ending on Wednesday 29th January 1969. Tweng was repeated on Belgian television in 1975, 1985 and - as part of the VRT's 50th Anniversary celebrations - in the Summer of 2004. As with the previous Kapitein Zeppos serials, Lode de Groof adapted his screenplay as a novel, which was published in 1969.

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