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Fiction Valley’s Dirty Lines lead to Netflix

Netflix has ordered a Dutch original series inspired by Fred Saueressig’s book 06-Cowboys, about the rise of erotic phone lines in the late 1980s.

Pieter Bart Korthuis

Written by Pieter Bart Korthuis (Fighter’s Heart), Dirty Lines will be produced by Fremantle’s Amsterdam-based label Fiction Valley.

The series tells the story of young businessman who, after several unsuccessful attempts to start his own business, sees his chance when the national telephone company introduces premium-rate numbers.

With the help of his brother and sister and some dubious investors, he starts the first telecoms sex company in Europe. What starts as a clumsy improvised experiment in their parents’ garage, rapidly develops into a multimillion-dollar industry.

“Dirty Lines gives you a glimpse into the late 80s when the Netherlands underwent huge changes. The rise of the club scene in Amsterdam, with its fast money and inevitable darker underbelly, provides the perfect backdrop for a show that grapples with sexuality and power,” said Korthuis.


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