Agter Elke Man

TV series, 1985-1988

Drama series about the women behind successful men. Initially, the series follows the stories of three particular women: Marietjie Barnhoorn, the estranged wife of a successful businessman; Leana Steyn, the private secretary of an elderly business tycoon, who is ruthless in her ambitions to overcome her impoverished past; and aging ballerina Mercia Meyer, who returns to South Africa after living and working abroad and has to deal with the hostility of her fellow South Africans. Other characters are Leana's mother, Antie Stienie Steyn, who has a heart of gold but comes from the wrong side of town; Suzie, the girlfriend of Leana's no-good brother Jack; Mercia's controlling mother Anna Meyer; and Steve Anderson, whose love for Leana may not be enough to satisfy her ambitions. The second series introduced new characters, most notably the troublemaker Bruce Beyers and his girlfriend Doreen; Anette Malan, Steve Anderson's new love interest; and lawyers Tersia Hofmeyer and Johan Malan. Bruce's story was concluded in a 1990 film starring Steve Hofmeyer and Ilse Roos.

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Production summary: 

Premiere date:

5 September 1985

Channel:

TV1

Language:

Afrikaans

Genre:

Drama series

Number of series:

2

Number of episodes:

56

Production company:

Franz Marx Productions

Director:

Franz Marx; Laurence Lurie

Writer:

Franz Marx

Translation of title:

"Behind Every Man"

Cast and Crew: 

Main actorCharacterSeries
Christine BassonMarietjie BarnhoornSeries 1-2
Rika SennettMercia MeyerSeries 1-2
Cyrilene SlabbertLeana Steyn-JoosteSeries 1-2
Sulette Thompson (as Sulette Minnaar)Suzie BruwerSeries 1-2
André VersterAndries BarnhoornSeries 1-2
Deon van ZylSteve AndersonSeries 1-2
Glen BosmanWessel BarnhoornSeries 1-2
Dulsie van den BerghStienie SteynSeries 1-2
Anna Richter-VisserAnna MeyerSeries 1-2
Franz MarxKobus DreyerSeries 1
Hannah BothaHettieSeries 1
Eghard van der HovenHerman CelliersSeries 1
Deon CoetzeeWynand ToerienSeries 1-2
Almerene VisserAnnemarie BarnhoornSeries 1-2
Steve HofmeyrBruce BeyersSeries 2
Kim de BeerDoreenSeries 2
Annelize van der RystSarie van LanghansSeries 2
Elizabeth ArcherAnette MalanSeries 2
Richard van der WesthuizenWillie SnydersSeries 2
Riana WilkensTersia HofmeyerSeries 2
Andreas JordaanJohan MalanSeries 2 

Recurring or guest actorCharacterSeries
Scott ScottJack SteynSeries 1
Pierre de WetAlbert JoosteSeries 1
Michal GrobbelaarVan BredaSeries 1-2
Dot FeldmanElzettaSeries 1-2
Golda RaffLouiseSeries 1
Magda van BiljonMrs. SimpsonSeries 1
Carel TrichardtBoet BeyersSeries 2
Petru WesselsMrs. BeyersSeries 2
Johan ScholtzWilliam BeyersSeries 2
Liesl van den BerghSantie BeyersSeries 2
Pieter de BruynKoot HofmeyerSeries 2
Willie JansenWillie Smit Series 2
Dirk KotzeHans Series 2

Crew: Series 1

Franz Marx

Writer; Director
Laurence LurieExecutive Producer; Assistant director
Art HeatlieMusic
Deon van ZylProduction
Heidi KirchnerProduction
Glen BosmanProduction
Sean HiggsProduction

Crew: Series 2

Laurence Lurie

Director
Franz MarxWriter; Producer
Deon van ZylExecutive producer
Sandra KotzéSupervising producer
Glen BosmanAssistant director
Art HealieMusic

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Episodes: 

Series 1

Episode 1
Original air date: 5 September 1985

Marietjie Barnhoorn has dedicated her life to her family and her husband's career. But just when Andries Barnhoorn finally gets that promotion to top manager of a steel manufacturer, he tells her that he wants a divorce. Suddenly, Marietjie is tired of being the subservient wife and starts standing up for herself. We also meat Leana Steyn, the private secretary to Kemkor founder Albert Jooste. Leana's live-in boyfriend, Steve, is a young and talented engineer who works for Andries Barnhoorn. Steve proposes to Leana, but she refuses to marry him until they have more money. Then, to save his own position within the company, Albert asks Leana to help him buy back his ex-wife and daughter's Kemkor shares. She agrees, but on one condition: that he marries her. Meanwhile, Albert's daughter Mercia returns to South Africa after spending years as a ballet dancer abroad. But Mercia is tired of her mother's control and her father's obsession with business, and she feels that she is becoming to old for ballet.

Episode 2
Original air date: 12 September 1985

Leana approaches Anna Meyer, Albert Jooste's ex-wife, to buy her shares in Kemkor. It takes some convincing to get her to agree to the transaction, but it soon becomes clear that Leana is a master manipulator. She even uses her guiles to convince Andries Barnhoorn to sell his company's Kemkor shares, and gets Albert to make her his sole heir. Meanwhile, Mercia is under a lot of pressure. Not only is she past her prime as a ballerina, but the South African press and public are angry about her anti-South African statements abroad.

Episode 3
Original air date: 19 September 1985

Leana - the new Mrs. Jooste - gets an unwelcome visit from her mother. As always, Stienie asks her daughter for money, but this time Leana sends her mom packing. Steve presents a new manufacturing process to Andries, who recognises it as potentially revolutionary and promises to give it some thought. Leana admits to Albert that she married him for his money, and he tells her that he spent all his money to buy back the shares and that the company is on the brink of bankruptcy. Shortly afterwards, Albert has a heartattack. Anna Meyer uses Albert's demise to manipulate public opinion.

Episode 4
Original air date: 26 September 1985

Leana tries to convince Anna that Albert Jooste's house, along with everything else he owned, now belongs to her and that Anna and Mercia will inherit nothing. Anna vows to fight for Mercia's inheritance. The planning committee rejects Steve's proposed project as an unnecessary gamble, but Andries promises to present it to top management anyway. He warns Steve that it will take time and determination to let the plan succeed, and Steve feels very despondent. Anna Meyer is relentless in her efforts to try and save Mercia's ailing career and is furious to find Mercia with an old flame, Dr. Kobus Dreyer. Van Breda, an old adversory of Albert Jooste, tries to exploit Albert's death to gain control of the company, but he hasn't counted on Leana's ambitions. Andries returns home unexpectedly and gets an earful from his daughter Annemarie. Leana's plans to marry Steve are dealt a blow: according to Albert's will, the moment she remarries, everything goes to Mercia. Leana makes plans to take Steve's project forward for Kemkor, but he refuses to sell the plans to her. Stienie arrives at the office to see Leana. Anna arranges to stage a production of Giselle, Mercia's biggest role yet, but Mercia warns that this will also be her last.

Episode 5
Original air date: 3 October 1985

Years ago, Anna Meyer bribed Kobus Dreyer to stay away from her daughter. Now she threatens to tell Mercia everything if he rekindles their romance. Kobus leaves the country. Marietjie and Hettie see Leana get into a car with Andries, and the two of them go to a nightclub. Leana convinces Andries to rethink Steve's plans, this time with Kemkor's backing. Andries decides to take the gamble and sends Steve to sell the project to their colleagues in Israel. Wynand Toerien vows to continue his protest action against Mercia Meyer, which causes tension between him and Annemarie. The pressure from her mother and her grief over Kobus finally get to Mercia, and when the protesters disrupt a performance, she simply walks off stage and packs her bags to go find Kobus in Israel. At the airport she meets Steve and they become friends. Wessel leaves the army and Andries and Marietjie arrive separately to take him home. Wessel realises that they've split up and walks off. Leana takes her mother some money, but Stienie refuses to take the cash and locks her out of the house. After Leana and Andries have sealed the deal on the new manufacturing process, she reveals that Steve owns the copyright to the plans and that he will have to be managing director of the new consortium. Marietjie is worried that Wessel hasn't returned home yet. Wessel goes to stay with an old army friend, Leana's brother Jack.

Series 2

Coming soon.

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