Sien Jy Nou

TV series, 1984

Youth series. A teenage girl and her family struggle to adjust after she is blinded in an accident. During a school concert, a piece of the set falls on Tonia Visser. She is left blind, but refuses to go to a school for blind students and insist on carrying on with her life as before. Her decision has major consequences for her family - father, twin sister Berna, little brother Ferdie and housekeeper Mirrie - as well as her friends and teachers at school.

Production summary: 

Premiere date:

15 May 1984

Channel:

TV1

Language:

Afrikaans

Genre:

Children and youth; Drama series

Number of series:

1

Number of episodes:

10

Director:

Tobie Cronjé

Based on:

Elsabe Steenberg's novel Dat Ek Mag Sien

Translation of title:

"Do You See Now"

Cast and Crew: 

ActorCharacter
Elsabé van der MerweTonia Visser
Hanri van der MerweBerna Visser
Eric NobbsMr. Visser
Christo NiehausFerdie Visser
Dot FeldmanMirrie

Episodes: 

Episode 1
Original air date: 15 May 1984

The lives of the Visser family are changed forever after an accident at a school concert.

Episode 2
Original air date: 22 May 1984

Tonia receives emergency surgery.

Episode 3
Original air date: 29 May 1984

Tonia and Berna struggle to adjust to their new circumstances. Dr. Perry recommends that Tonia go to a school for blind students in Worcester, but Tonia refuses to be separated from her family.

Episode 4
Original air date: 5 June 1984

Tonia makes a new friend, Paul, who is also blind. He helps her adjust to her new life. Meanwhile, the school teachers have to decide whether Tonia can return to school.

Episode 5
Original air date: 12 June 1984

Tonia is recovering very well and soon she's ready to return home. Ferdie and Berna are a bit uncertain about the big changes that Tonia's blindness will bring. Mirrie is very upset.

Sources: 

  • Sien jy Nou. Radio en TV Dagboek, 14-20 Mei 1984, p.51
  • James Jenkins, Dié Tweeling is Eenders ... en Anders. Radio en TV Dagboek, 4-10 Junie 1984, pp.12-14.