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‘Reyka’ premieres this Sunday

2021-07-23  Staff Reporter

‘Reyka’ premieres this Sunday

Shot on location in KwaZulu Natal and Johannesburg, the captivating African crime-drama thriller, ‘Reyka’, starts its eight-episode season on M-Net (channel 102 on DStv) at 20h00. 

The new season will also be made available on the DStv App and Catch Up. 

South African actress Kim Engelbrecht (The Flash/Dominion) plays Reyka Gama and acclaimed British actor Iain Glen (Game of Thrones/Downton Abbey) stars as Angus Speelman in this gripping crime series, which also stars South African and SAFTA award-winning actress Anna-Mart van der Merwe (Poppie Nongena/Kanarie) as Reyka’s mom, Elsa, who struggles to see her daughter’s life spiral into cycles of obsession with her abductor and work. 

The series will expose the secrets and lies, truth and trust, damage and healing and forgiveness and the future.

On 18 June, ‘Reyka’ opened the 60th Monte-Carlo Television Festival with its worldwide first episode screening in Monaco and received rave reviews from guests who attended the festival. 

Alternating between 1994 and the present day, the series is created and written by award-winning screenwriter Rohan Dickson and directed by Zee Ntuli (Hard to Get) and Catharine Cooke (The Girl from St Agnes).  

‘Reyka’ is jointly produced by Serena Cullen for Serena Cullen Productions in the UK (Lady Chatterley’s Lover) and Harriet Gavshon (The Girl from St Agnes) for Emmy nominated Quizzical Pictures in South Africa. 

Executive Producers are Serena Cullen, Harriet Gavshon and Rohan Dickson. 

Yolisa Phahle, Nkateko Mabaso, Allan Sperling and Jan du Plessis will executive produce for M-Net, and Julie Hodge for Fremantle. ‘Reyka’ will be distributed globally by Fremantle.

1994: 27 April, 11-year-old Reyka Gama, accompanies her mother Elsa, a photographer, who is covering the elections for a local newspaper. It is a time of huge excitement and hope but then something cataclysmic happens; Elsa is looking the other way – and Reyka, her only daughter, is abducted.

Present day: Haunted by her disturbing past, a flawed but brilliant Reyka, now a criminal profiler, investigates a string of brutal murders committed by a serial killer amongst the sugarcane fields of KwaZulu Natal.

2021-07-23  Staff Reporter

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