Konings

TV series, 1992

Award-winning drama series following the rise and fall of Dolf Groenewald, who grows from poor orphan into supermarket magnate. After his parents' death, young Dolf Groenewald goes to live with the family of Jollyboy Roodt, his father's former partner in crime. Jollyboy has two children: Herman, who becomes Dolf's greatest adversary; and Rika, who is deeply in love with Dolf - though the love of his life is Santie, the girl who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, just like him. Dolf dedicates his entire life to his dream: to start a shop "as big as a rugby field, where you can buy everything." With the help of the Roodts and Dolf's friend Koos Bensien, Superspaar is born. But can Dolf manage to keep control of his empire, or will Herman and his son Fransie finally manage to usurp the throne? Konings was also the story of the political rise and fall of the Afrikaner - starting at the end of the Second World War in 1945, and ending in 1990, with State President F.W. de Klerk's historic announcement that the ANC and other resistance movements would be unbanned. The story of the Groenewalds and Roodts were continued in a sequel, Torings.

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Magda Joubert as Rika Roodt
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Production summary: 

Premiere date:

23 April 1992

Channel:

TV1

Language:

Afrikaans

Genre:

Drama series; Historical drama

Number of series:

1

Number of episodes:

20

Production company:

Leisureco

Director:

David Lister

Writer:

Paul C. Venter

Translation of title:

"Kings"

Cast and Crew: 

ActorCharacter
Dawid MinnaarDolf Groenewald
Albert MaritzHerman Roodt
Anna-Mart van der MerweRika Roodt
Michelle BotesSantie Naudé
Ryno HattinghFrans "Jollyboy" Roodt
Wilson DunsterSid Keyser
Cobus RossouwKoos Bensien
Sandra PrinslooJoey Roodt
Elize CawoodMartha Haasbroek
Dominic TyawaJames
Nomsa XabaJoena
Marcel van HeerdenStoffel Roodt

Crew
David ListerDirector
Etienne de VilliersDirector
Paul C. VenterWriter
Johan BernardProducer
Nic PickardOriginal music
Ferdi BrendgenOriginal music
Nena OlwageEditor
Marlene PrinslooArt director
Arthur WestPhotography and Lighting
Mysi LouwSupervising producer
Frederik BothaExecutive producer

 

Theme song: 

Episodes: 

Episode 1
Original air date: 23 April 1992

It's 1945, shortly before the peace declaration. We meet Dolf Groenewald, a young boy who sells sandwiches to support himself and his mother. He believes that his father has left to fight in the war, but in reality he's been in jail with his two partners in crime, Jollyboy Roodt and Sid Keyser. The three men are released early and Jollyboy returns home unexpectedly - only to find his wife, the glamourous Joey, in bed with his brother Stoffel.

Episode 2
Original air date: 30 April 1992

Episode 3
Original air date: 7 May 1992

After Elsie's death, Pieter Groenewald confronts Jollyboy about the past. He blames Jollyboy for landing him in jail.

Episode 4
Original air date: 14 May 1992

Jollyboy and Sid are smuggling meat across the border, but the new meat inspector is hot on their trail and they land in prison.

Episode 5
Original air date: 21 May 1992

Sid and Jollyboy are released on bail. Dolf and Rika become good friends.

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