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Netflix has announced that production on Dirty Lines, its new Original series from the Netherlands, has started in Amsterdam.


Inspired by Fred Saueressig’s book 06-Cowboys, Dirty Lines is about the rise of the telephone sex lines in the late 1980s.

The story opens in Amsterdam in 1987, a time when Dutch society was changing rapidly. Psychology student Marly Salomon takes on a side job working for Teledutch, a brand new company started by brothers Frank and Ramon Stigter, who established Europe’s first erotic telephone lines. Frank and Ramon become rich overnight, and Marly finds herself immersed in this wild transformation.

During the final years of the Cold War, there existed a sense of hope that inspired a new generation to celebrate life to its fullest. Amsterdam became the center of that cultural revolution with house, a radically new form of music, and XTC, a new pleasure drug. The erotic phone lines offered people the opportunity to experience anonymous sex in a new way, changing the morality of those who used them as well as those who created them.

Said series creator and co-director Pieter Bart Korthuis (Black Widow, The Swell):

“Amsterdam is a lot more modern today than it was 30 years ago, so it is quite challenging to find the right streets and houses to match the look and feel of the 1980s. It is amazing how our creative teams have managed to recreate the city that I remember from my youth. Dirty Lines is set during a period in which Amsterdam was changing at full tilt. For me personally this was the time when I went to study in the city. While shooting at the university, I imagined myself as Marty MacFly [sic] in Back to the Future, I traveled back to my own days as a student. It is fantastic to see the scenes come to life.”

Produced by Fiction Valley, Dirty Lines is directed by Pieter Bart Korthuis along with Tomas Kaan (Godless) and Anna van der Heide (Waltz).

The cast of the series will be announced soon. In the meantime, you can set a reminder for Dirty Lines on the show’s Netflix page.

Stay tuned for updates.


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Dirty Lines: Production Starts on New Dutch Netflix Original Series
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