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Expeditie Robinson
Franchise Information
Language(s): Dutch
Television Network: TF1
Presenter(s): Ernst-Paul Hasselbach (2000-2008)
Desiré Naessens (2000-2001)
Roos Van Acker (2002-2004)
Lotte Verlackt (2005-2006)
Evi Hanssen (2006-2013)
Eddy Zoëy (2009-2011)
Dennis Weening (2012-present)
Nicolette Kluijver (2014-present)
Theme Music Composer: Hans Zimmer
Running Time: 60 minutes
Series Run: September 15, 2000 – present

Expeditie Robinson is a popular reality television program in the Netherlands, that debuted in 2000. It was the second production worldwide of a format that was developed in the UK by Charlie Parsons. No Brittish TV channel or production company believed in the idea, but the Swedish production company Strix Television did and thus the first season ever was broadcast in Sweden in 1997. The format that has since then also been produced in many other countries, most notable under the title Survivor. The name of the show alludes to Robinson Crusoe, two stories featuring people marooned by shipwrecks.

The fifteenth season in 2013 will be the first season without contestants from Belgium, due to lack of television ratings in Belgium. However, the Flemish host Evi Hanssen will continue to co-host the show with Dutch host Dennis Weening.


In most seasons, sixteen contestants are put into a survival situation and compete in a variety of physical challenges. Early in each season, two teams compete, but later the teams are merged and the competitions become individual ("samensmelting"). At the end of each show, one contestant is eliminated by the other teams in a secret "Island Council" ballot.

Recurring Themes

Tribe Switch and Dissolves

Main Article: Tribe Switch and Tribe Dissolve.


Main article: Merge

Redemption Island (as Duivelseiland, Mangrove, De Grot, Loser's Island)

Main article: Redemption Island (international twist)


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