The Swell


1 season | 6 episodes | 45 min

available as ready made

"The Swell" tells the contemporary story of what happens when the national flood defences of The Netherlands and Belgium start to collapse. Five million people live on land below sea level. How will major cities and rural areas survive the disastrous consequences of flooding? Could people cope with rebuilding not just their individual lives, but their entire countries too?

We follow six of these people in a compelling and emotional narrative story. The Swell is about what life-threatening conditions do to relationships, about a national government under pressure and the resilience of a nation. The storm continues to have a hold on the characters once the tide has turned. How do you start over when everything has been destroyed?

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Original title

Als de dijken breken

First broadcast

Nov 28, 2016

Production company

Joco Media (The Netherlands) & Menuet (Belgium)


Ingmar Menning & Johan Nijenhuis (Joco Media) & Dirk Impens (Menuet)


Hans Herbots


Karin Van der Meer, Maarten Lebens & Wout Thielemans


Gijs Scholten van Aschat, Janni Goslinga, Ad van Kempen, Daisy Van Praet, Thomas Ryckewaert, Ingrid De Vos, Joppe Degrijse, Lene Lanckriet, Tom Audenaert, Aart Staartjes, Jamelia Sanda Nana, Susan Visser, Loek Peters, Roos Dickmann, Marie-Mae Van Zuilen, Frank Lammers, Bianca Krijgsman & Simone Milsdochter

Licensed by

AMC Networks - US

Multicanal Iberia - Spain

BE TV - Belgium

Netflix - The Netherlands

Videoland - The Netherlands



Co-produced by

Joco Media, Menuet, VRT & NPO