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. She takes in two lodgers: self-assured lingerie salesman Lotter Lotter, who is convinced of his own charm and determined to woo the widow; and his side-kick Smartryk Vorster, who has bad luck with women. Then there's also Molly's neighbours, the wealthy Oom Frik Anders, his rather dull son Piet, and Piet's snobbish wife, Aletta.

Production summary: 

Premiere date:

21 September 1988

Channel:

TV1

Language:

Afrikaans

Genre:

Comedy

Number of series:

2

Number of episodes:

40+

Directors:

Bill Egan; Merwede van der Merwe; Bromley Cawood

Writer:

P.G. du Plessis

Translation of title:

"The plot dwellers"

Cast and Crew: 

ActorCharacter
Nina NienaberMollie Mitchell
Alex HeynsOom Frik Anders
Johan BothaPiet
Alida TheronAletta
Phil WolfaardtSmartryk Vorster
Eric NobbsLotter Lotter
Gys de Villiers
Don Lamprecht
Lourens Swanepoel 

 

Crew

Bill Egan

Director
Merwede van der MerweDirector
Bromley CawoodDirector
P.G. du PlessisWriter; Producer
Danie NiehausTheme song (singer)

Sources: 

  • Elmari Rautenbach, Nou Voel Rina Nienaber Sommer Net Vet. Die Burger, 14 November 1987, p.10.
  • Elmari Rautenbach, Eric Word 'n Ma-Plotter met 'n Plan B. Die Burger, 17 September 1988, p.10.