Thando Thabethe is participating in a new drama Reyka.

Thando Thabethe is participating in a new drama Reyka.

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Loval channel M-Net has released the primary character teaser of its highly anticipated African crime series, Reyka.

According to the channel, the series follows flawed but brilliant criminal profiler Reyka, played by Kim Engelbrecht, who investigates a string of brutal murders committed by a serial murderer in KZN.Thando Thabethe1

Having been abducted as a toddler by a farmer, Reyka is traumatised by the experience. But this also helps her enter the minds of Africa’s most notorious criminals and switch them inside out.

Reyka exposes the secrets and lies, truth and trust, damage, healing and forgiveness. With a dramatic backdrop of sugarcane fields, tropical beaches, stifling heat, dangerous wildlife, a criminal underworld, and shadowy politics – each place is connected by sugar but divided in numerous other ways.

The series also features a star-studded cast which incorporates the likes of Thando Thabethe, Hamilton Dlamini, Mavuso Simelane, Kenneth Nkosi and Nokuthula Mavuso.

Speaking about her role Thando, who plays Nandi Cele on the show, said: “She’s a young, energetic, driven detective and does everything by the book.

“Reyka, who’s the lead, kind of has a defined way of doing things and she or he thinks that’s a flaw but still looks up to her.”
CEO of M-Net Nkateko Mabaso said: “MultiChoice continues to steer the continual productions of high-quality African television content that goes beyond our borders.”

“Our first co-production on this type of scale was Trackers, which we co-produced with HBO’s sister channel Cinemax and ZDF and has received great reviews within the USA, Australia, France and therefore the UK.

“This partnership with Fremantle may be a brilliant thanks to showcase our prowess as DStv is Africa’s most-loved storyteller, and that we particularly relish pairing our local talent with international stars.”

 

Editorial director, Julie Hodge, told Daily Sun: “As production commences on our first ever South African drama, this is often a proud moment for Fremantle and M-Net. The series has been in development for several years, and that we hope it’ll be the primary of the many successful projects within the region.

“Reyka may be a rich and compelling story and that we couldn’t be happier to possess Kim and Iain on board to bring these complex characters to life – we’re confident it’ll be one among our standout international dramas for 2021.”

The series is made and written by award-winning screenwriter Rohan Dickson and jointly produced by Serena Cullen for Serena Cullen Productions within the UK (Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Cold Feet) and Harriet Gavshon for Emmy nominated Quizzical Pictures in South Africa .

-Daily Sun