disguises: Ushi & the Familie

Ushi & the Familie

A few years ago Wendy van Dijk had great success on Dutch television in a candid-camera TV show Ushi en Van Dijk which ran for three years in which she conducted spoof interviews with unwitting Dutch and international celebrities in the guise of a Japanese journalist called Ushi Hirosaki.

When eventually Ushi became too well known (and any slightly weird interviewer was sometimes suspected of being Wendy van Dijk in disguise) as she explained:

De opgave om na Ushi, Dushi en Loesie weer een nieuw typetje te verzinnen was deze keer moeilijker dan ooit. De meeste BN-ers zijn nu tenslotte zo op hun hoede door de voorgaande series. Maar mijn nieuwe idee waarin we juist onderdeel zijn van hun eigen programma bleek echter ontzettend goed te werken.

So Wendy van Dijk took a new tack: spoofing members of the public in a candid-camera type show, though Ushi also made appearances. Wendy developed a whole family of characters for the new show: Grandmother Betsie, mother Gerda and daughter Bo.

The makeup

Kevin van den Bergh (Kevin van den Bergh Special Makeup Effects) was responsible for Wendy’s transformation into the Leenders family: with all three characters requiring prosthetic makeup.