Fransina Vark en die Dagbreek Hotel

TV series, 1984-1985

Animated series about the colourful characters of Leliefontein. Leading the bunch is Fransina, a motherly pig who wears an apron, bakes traditional treats and faints at the first glimpse of excitement. Others include young Phillipus Vark, Mrs. Dassie, the cunning Jasper Jakkals, Mrs. Meerkat, Hannes Hond, Sybrand Slang, Dr. Cruywagen Krokodil, Annabel Aap and world-famous traveller Bernard Bobbejaan.

Fransina Vark en die Dagbreek Hotel
Fransina Vark en die Dagbreek Hotel
Fransina Vark en die Dagbreek Hotel
Fransina Vark en die Dagbreek Hotel
Fransina Vark en die Dagbreek Hotel

Production summary: 

Premiere date:

17 April 1984

Channel:

TV1

Language:

Afrikaans

Genre:

Children and youth; Animation

Number of series:

2

Number of episodes:

23

Production company:

SABC

Director:

Danie Odendaal

Writer:

Lise Groenewald

Translation of title:

"Fransina Pig and the Daybreak Hotel"

Cast and Crew: 

Voice artistCharacter
Wilna SnymanFransina Vark
Magda van BiljonPhillipus
Leon van NieropNarrator; Jasper Jakkals; Petrus Witbors; Sybrand Slang
Monica Breed
Mynie Grové
Charl van Heyninngen 

Crew
Danie OdendaalDirector
Lise GroenewaldWriter; Graphic design
Johan van RensburgMusic

Episodes: 

Series 1

Episode 1
Original air date: 17 April 1984

Fransina Vark lives in a peaceful little town called Leliefontein. One day, Hannes Hond the postman arrives with a letter that will change her life.

Episode 2
Original air date:  24 April 1984

Episode 3
Original air date: 1 May 1984

The animals of Leliefontein are keen to help build Fransina's hotel. But Jasper Jakkals is trying to ruin their plans.

Episode 4
Original air date: 8 May 1984

Annabel Aap, the interior decorator, furnishes the rooms of the Dabreek Hotel.

Episode 5
Original air date: 15 May 1984

The unfriendly and impolite Dr. Cruywagen Krokodil comes to live at the hotel. He hates children - so when the Koekenaap college for little karakul sheep also arrive, the sparks start to fly.

Series 2

Episode 1
Original air date: 30 July 1985

 

Episode 2
Original air date: 6 August 1985

 

Episode 3
Original air date: 13 August 1985

 

Episode 4
Original air date: 20 August 1985

 

Episode 5
Original air date: 27 August 1985

Sources: 

  • Fransina Vark. Radio en TV Dagboek, 23-29 April 1984, p.51.
  • Irenè Nel, Lize Groenewald ... Sy's Lief vir Varkies. Radio en TV Dagboek, 21-27 Mei 1984, pp.42-43.
  • Die Mense Agter die Stemme. Radio en TV Dagboek, 21-27 Mei 1984, p.51.