De Boer Looking for Woman viewers immediately noticed on Sunday: the oh-so-Frisian candidates suddenly spoke Dutch. The broadcaster KRO-NCRV: “We couldn’t follow it.” The Frisian language organization Afûk states: “The editors could have pushed hard for this.” “Do you also want to have children?” care farmer Ype Jacob de Vries (23) from Oentsjerk shyly asked farmer Bernice Jellema (23), on her family estate in Sweden. Hey? So not, as one would expect here: “Wolsto letter ek bern ha?”
The loyal followers of the TV dating program Farmer Seeks Woman (BZV) immediately noticed on Sunday evening: Bernice and her two guests Johan (24) and Ype Jacob suddenly spoke Dutch and no longer Frisian, as in previous episodes. And all three were raised in Frisian. But they now continue their search for true love in awkward Dutch. Johan can report “that something is tickling”.
How does this work? The crew simply could not follow the amorous developments on the Jellema’s farm and horse breeding farm, says KRO-NCRV spokesperson Irene van Noort. There were a director, sound and camera people in Sweden during the summer filming of Farmer Wants a Woman, but none of them knew the Frisian language.
Van Noort: “And then it is more convenient to speak Dutch. It wasn’t a requirement, but everyone just switched. They still had to keep an eye on the storyline, but how does a cameraman do that if you have no idea what they are talking about? It’s not that Bernice no longer spoke Frisian at all.” That’s right: she did murmur Frisian words to her horse.
Source: LC / photo: KRO-NCRV