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Transkaroo

TV series, 1984

Light-hearted drama series following the adventures of the refreshment personnel on the long-distance train between Cape Town and Johannesburg. Three of the staff members, Vollie, Boeta and Braam, are university students spending their December holidays on the train. Doep is the boss of the restaurant car, and Kolonie Cloete is the chef who spends his hours crammed into the tiny kitchen with his assistant, Fensham. During their voyages across the Karoo, their lives become entangled with those of the passengers - from beauties and fortune tellers to thieves and diamond smugglers. Read more about Transkaroo

Koöperasiestories

TV series, 1983-1987

Stories from a small town in rural South Africa, as told by town gossip Mietie, who runs the local co-op. Mietie spends a lot of time on the stoep with her two friends, the wise Veldsman and the neurotic and conservative Genis. As they watch the townsfolk go by, they recount their sometimes tragic, often hilarious tales. Other recurring characters are the local pastor and Veldsman's beautiful young wife, Lettie. Read more about Koöperasiestories

Oos-Wes

TV series, 1989

Family comedy. Bets lives with her mother, Mart, who is determined to find her widowed daughter a new husband; her son Jakkie, a second-year-student at the Rand Afrikaans University; and her 30-year-old daughter Annette, who moves back home on the eve of her third divorce. Jakkie's girlfriend is Marie-Lou van Wyk, who had published her first poetry book as a high school student. She is also vegetarian and gets terribly upset when Tant Mart dares to wear her fur coat. Read more about Oos-Wes

Die Ma-Plotters

TV series, 1988-1989

Character comedy about the people of a smallholding somewhere near Johannesburg. "Maplotter" refers to a rather vulgar, common person living on such a plot - and so our Maplotters are colourful characters trying to scrape by on their piece of land. Molly Mitchell is a industrious widow who knows everything about welding and fixing cars, but nothing about fixing a good meal. At his death, her no-good husband left her his smallholding, but also a load of debt. Read more about Die Ma-Plotters

Koos Kluitjies

TV series, 1987

Humourous series about Koos Kluitjies and his wife Lena. Old Koos is a dreamer and a big talker. He decides to turn the well in his backyard into a goldmine by selling the water to the townsfolk. Read more about Koos Kluitjies

Miss Candida

TV series, 1982

Comedy series about a very English lady who shakes things up in the very Afrikaans town of Brakkiesfontein. After the death of her father, miss Candida Wilbur-Browning decides to leave England and to settle in a small town in the Transvaal, where her brother runs the police station. She is shocked to discover that her new hometown is an out-of-the-way ghost town with no more than a handful of inhabitants. But it doesn’t take this English lady to start organising everybody to clean up and fix the town, especially after her brother lands in hospital and she stands in as police commissioner. Read more about Miss Candida

Klein Jakkalsies

TV series, 1982

Comedy series about the little irritations and problems that continue to threaten Herman Scheepers’ happiness and sanity. Among these little foxes in his vineyard are his boss G.G. Goosen; Felicity, the secretary who can’t type; Barney Venter, the mysterious voice on the phone who threatens suicide whenever Herman won’t help him; Baskaline, the domestic worker who'll only lend Herman money if he promises – in writing – to pay her back; as well as the traffic department, tooth mouse, building inspectors and pesky house guests. Read more about Klein Jakkalsies

Harmonie

TV series, 1982

Series following the lives and adventures of the Harmonie apartment block’s colourful inhabitants. The characters include caretaker and handyman, oom Snoek; his wife antie Snoek; scheming estate agent Pottie; his wife Anna; his pretty secretary Tillie; cafe owner Frik and his wife Hessie; bank manager Tom and his wife Marié; and mrs. Van Dyk and Tant Kittie, two terrible gossips. Read more about Harmonie

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