TV series, 1982
Series based on Joy Packer’s novel, set on the wine estate Dieu Donne in the Constantia Valley. Young Roxanne’s mother fights for the French Resistance during the Second World War. To keep her daughter safe, she sends her to the old family estate, Dieu Donne. This is then where Roxanne grows up and becomes involved with two men, farm manager Thinus and English journalist Hal. Meanwhile, Granny Con, the aristocratic matriarch of the De Valois family, has to do all she can to save the estate from greedy town developers.
The series was shot around Stellenbosch, including at the Blaauwklippen manor.
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Episode 1: "A New Life"
Original air date: 4 January 1982
War breaks out in Europe and to keep her safe, young Roxanne Williams’ mother, who works for the French Resistance, sends her to the De Valois family estate in the Constantia Valley. Granny Con welcomes her with open arms – but will the rest of the family be as accepting?
Episode 2: "The Spook"
Original air date: 11 January 1982
Roxie, now 15, is surrounded by Granny Con and Thinus’ love. When Lizzie sees a ghost, chaos breaks out among the superstitious staff.
Episode 3: "The Ballerina"
Original air date: 18 January 1982
Granny Con must make a decision that will influence the lives of everybody on Dieu Donne.
Episode 4: "The Ultimatum"
Original air date: 25 January 1982
Granny Con is forced to borrow money from town developer Krifti.
Episode 5: "Nostalgic Journey"
Original air date: 1 February 1982
Roxie receives an invitation to visis her uncle Chris in England. This is a good opportunity to learn more about her own background.
Episode 6: "The Homecoming"
Original air date: 8 February 1982
Hal tries to persuade Roxie to stay, but to no avail – her life is on Dieu Donne with Thinus and Granny Con.
Episode 7: "Abdication"
Original air date: 15 February 1982
Finale. Hal’s arrival awaken Roxie’s emotions – and Thinus’ jealousy.
- Susan Groenewald, Vrolikheid is die Wagwoord. Radio en TV Dagboek, 4 January 1982, pp.76-79.