Dutch children’s tv series about fears wins international Emmy

Elisabeth Hesemans, Floor Paul and Lilian Sijbesma pose with the award for Best Kids: Live-Action. Photo: Angela Weiss / AFP
Elisabeth Hesemans, Floor Paul and Lilian Sijbesma at the ceremony. Photo: Angela Weiss / AFP

Dutch children’s television programme Kabam has won the 2022 International Emmy for Kids: Live Action.

Kabam, produced by IJswater Films and public broadcaster KRO-NRCV, focuses on recognisable children’s fears and shows how they use their rich fantasies to conquer them.

The 10-part series is based around children in group 3, led by teacher meester Mo. The first episode, for example, focuses on Yona, who is worried she won’t make any friends on her first day at school. Luckily an old tree in the playground offers a helping hand.

Other episodes focus on a scary lift, going to the hairdresser, walking past a big dog (who turns into a super hero) and swimming underwater.

The series, the only Dutch entry at the Emmys, was directed by Elisabeth Hesemans. Lilian Sijbesma and Floor Paul wrote the script.

Watch all 10 episodes

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