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TV series, 1980

Youth series based on the popular Trompie book series by Topsy Smith, about the adventures of Trompie Toerien and his friends Blikkie, Dawie and Rooie. Together they’re known as the “Boksombende”, and their mischief and grand schemes often land them in trouble. They live in Kwaggaberg, a fictional town based on Heidelberg in what is now Gauteng, and the TV-series was shot in Heidelberg and Johannesburg.

TV series, 1978

Comedy drama about Sebastiaan Niemand Sr, a taxi driver who tends to get involved with the joys and sorrows of his clients - with sometimes hilarious, sometimes dangerous results. He’s joined in his adventures by friend and colleague Gerald; Mollie, the owner of the roadhouse where Metro Taxis have their headquarters; his daughter Sysie; and his son Basjan (Sebastiaan Jr).

TV series, 1979

The magical adventures of a young boy, Takkie Vermeulen, his good friend Max Finkelstein, and Tappie Tapyt, the clumsy bear that represents Takkie’s conscience.

TV series, 1979-1980

Childen's series about different animals and their habits and characteristics. Each week Zoot tells a story about a different animal friend, including Ted Tadpole, Fred Frog, Doby Dog, Absentminded the kitten, Horsely Horse and Vitamin B and Buzzy the two busy bees. The characters were made of cardboard and were manipulated by black-clad puppeteers against a black background.

In 1980, a spin-off was broadcast: in Zoot's Rooty Toot Toot Show, Zoot presented his own pop music show.

TV series, 1979-1980

TV drama in four parts set in the French countryside in the 1950s. A group of local noblemen set out to humiliate and take revenge on Bitos, an ex-schoolmate who has broken free from his lowly birth to attain a powerful position in the Judiciary. This is done at a wig party where everybody is dressed as famous characters from the French revolution, with Bitos dressed as Robespierre.

TV series, 1979

Mini-series about Eugène Nielen Marais, well-known Afrikaans writer, scientist, philosopher, lawyer and naturalist. The series focuses on the nine years he spent in the Waterberg in the early twentieth century, the people he met there, his longing for a substitute for his late wife, and his decline into morphine addiction. The title refers to one of his most famous books, Die Siel van die Mier (translated into English as The Soul of the White Ant).

TV series, 1981

The sequel to comedy series Die Bosveldwinkel.

TV series, 1978-1983

Puppet series about the inhabitants of Asblikfontein (“Trashcanville”), where discarded objects come to life. The main characters are Oscar, a cheeky but lovable rabbit, and Knersus, the prehistoric pterodactyl with a taste for rabbit meat. Knersus lives in a cave with his three sets of spare teeth, and it's here that he makes his wicked plans to catch Oscar and to annoy the inhabitants of Asblikfontein. Oscar’s friends are knight and inventor Prins Poggenpoel, who went off course during a dragon hunt and was never found; Snorkie the little dragon; and Marietjie the pretty rag doll.

TV series, 1979-1980

Children’s series about a silly, scatterbrained professor and his travels to Alphabet Land, where he meets several interesting alphabet characters, including little children disguised as bees in B-Land, and F-Land’s Lord and Lady Flapdoodle and their pots full of alphabet plants. The professor is constantly trying to capture “Common Sense” with a fishnet and a cardboard box, but when he’s finally finds it, he tends to open the box and let it escape.

The series was aimed at teaching 4-7 year-old children about the alphabet.

TV series, 1979

Drama series about a former boxing champion hoping to return to the top. On the way he has to face a number of obstacles, including a boxing promotor who refuses to give him a chance.

TV series, 1979

Adventure series that follows the adventures of a three men entrusted with a wagon-load of state gold, as well as the efforts of their descendents to find the treasure eighty years later.

TV series, 1979

Children’s series about the raindrops from Wolkeland (“Cloud Land”). King Roelof reigns over Wolkeland and his granddaughter princess Rienkie teaches the young raindrops everything they need to know: how to splash and glide, how to refresh the flowers and how to guard against the Droogtedrakies (“little drought dragons”), Moddermaatjies (“mud buddies”) and the grumpy old northern wind. Some of Rienkie’s students are Neusie, a curious little drop who’s always landing himself in trouble; and Kletter and Klatter, two naughty drops who keep on forgetting to water the flowers.

TV series, 1979

Comedy series about two young women sharing a flat in Hillbrow. Beryl is a sensible, down-to-earth girl while the silly, boy-mad Cathy is quite the opposite. Things don't always go so well between the two girls: like when Cathy's gold fish eats Beryl's, or when Beryl sets a trap for Cathy's pet mouse. 

TV series, 1979-1980

Popular comedy series about the De Waals and their colourful family, friends and rivals in and around a small town in the Overberg. The central characters are tant Kriekie de Waal, a widow who lives on Eendrag farm, and oom Fasie de Waal, her brother-in-law who has survived two wives. Years ago they were sweethearts, but when Fasie returned from fighting in the Second World War, Kriekie had already married his brother.

TV series, 1980

Family comedy series set in the Bushveld, on the banks of the Limpopo River. The local shop – the district’s favourite gathering spot – is owned by oom Hans, who loves to brew mampoer and hunt. His rather timid wife is tant Engeltjie, who insists on accompanying him on his night hunting trips, even though she’s dead set against his illegal activities.

TV series, 1979-1982

Series for teenagers about science and how it works in nature and everyday life.

TV series, 1976-1978

The first English drama series on South African television, about life in a small mining town on the Rand. When the general manager of the Village Reef gold mine dies suddenly, everybody expects the much-liked assistant manager, Buller Wilmot, to take over. But the top job goes to a new man, Hilton McRae, and it takes some time for the Village Reefers to get used to their new manager – and for the sophisticated McRaes to get used to life in a small town.

TV series, 1978

Drama series set in a private residential hotel in Johannesburg. The Villa Victoria is a beautiful and respectable establishment, where many seek refuge. But even here, the guests have some surprising secrets.

TV series, 1978

Comedy series modelled on the successful Dokter, Dokter, with many of the same actors. This time the scene is a small theatre, where a brand-new rock opera, Jan van Riebeeck Superster, is meant to tear people away from their TV sets and into the wonderful world of the theatre. But things don’t always go according to plan as egos, old rivalries and a “concerned” member of the public threaten to sink the show.

TV series, 1978

TV series about a dignified widow and her "family" who live in a hotel in downtown Johannesburg. The series was based on a articles written by “Tant Salie” (the pseudonym of Wim Hartman) for Die Huisgenoot in the 1950s. The articles were set at the Tramway Hotel in Fordsburg, Johannesburg, and focused on the hotel’s colourful inhabitants. The TV series was produced in the same hotel.

TV series, 1976

Short crime series about a young man seeking revenge for his stolen inheritance.

TV series, 1977

Action drama about a private detective, Michael Jordan, who loves money, women and fast cars. His clients are usually wealthy and important.

TV series, 1978

Drama series following the dreams and struggles of six residents of the fourth floor of Queens Court, an old apartment building in Hillbrow. Seepsteenbataljon was the first Afrikaans television serial and was an adaptation of a radio serial by Kobus Louw.

TV series, 1978

Military drama following the adventures of a group of journalists from Paratus, the South African military’s glossy magazine. The main characters are commander Hansen, a trained pilot and editor of Paratus; major Martin Heunis, news editor and former professional soldier; reporter Sonica Heysteck; lieutenant-commander Spook Scott, an experienced journalist and now naval reporter; and Andries Malan, a young cameraman who used medical reasons to get out of conscription.

TV series, 1976-1996

Children’s series set in and around a playroom (the Speelkamer) inhabited by a colourful crowd of puppet characters. Sarel Seemonster was a rather dumb but lovable seamonster with a great love for stories – in fact, as he would often remind everybody, "Stories is my Leeeewe!" ("Stories are my liiiife"). His neighbour in the Speelkamer was Karel Kraai, a kind if know-it-all crow quite skilled in piano, guitar and film making. His films were educational shorts which taught the maats (friends) about everything from chickens to the cosmos.

TV series, 1979-1981

The adventures of Casimir the orange dinosaur and his friends on Kindereiland ("Children Island"). His friends include Janie, who owns the little sweets and toy booth on Kindereiland; François the balloon man; the artistic mr. Snob; Juffrou Lollies, the busy-body; mr. Postman; and Reinaart the tunnel-digging fox. The series originated in France and was remade in South Africa by Louise Smit.

TV series, 1977-1978

Children’s puppet series about the inhabitants of the Magaliesberg, based on the baboon characters by cartoonist T.O. Honiball.

TV series, 1976

The first Afrikaans comedy series for television, about a bumbling private detective with a good heart and a talent for grabbing the wrong end of the stick. Willem would like nothing more than to be an average P.I. who focusses on simple divorce cases, but he keeps getting mixed up in more adventurous and dangerous affairs. His secretary Pennie is a kind, simple girl with her head in the clouds.

TV series, 1976-1977

Comedy series about the misadventures of the staff and patients of the Kronen Clinic.

TV series, 1976-1977

Magazine programme for children of schoolgoing age.

TV series, 1977

Also known as A Date with the Dingleys. Comedy series about the Dingley family, who lives in the flat above their bookshop in Pietermaritzburg. Gerald is an honest, conservative man who is very proud of his British ancestry. This bookshop owner is a real stalwart in the community and has ambitions to become the mayor of Pietermaritzburg. His family is often a thorn in his side – especially his 19-year-old son Stanton, whose rebellious ways lead to regular embarassment.

TV series, 1975-1984

Children’s programme aimed at children from 8 to 14 years. Die Kraaines covered a wide range of interesting topics: from music and history to industry and wildlife. Specific episodes included visits to soap and sweet factories, a visit to Robben Island, feature on cheetahs, traditional African music and the life of the children on the army bases in West Caprivi and Katimo Mulilo.

TV series, 1976

Bedecker and Bokkie are boyfriend and girlfriend, and also journalists at competing newspapers. They have a penchant for stealing each other’s stories and a knack for landing more than just the headlines, as their investigations into murder, blackmail, burglaries and spy networks send them on one adventure after the other - but always in time for their 11.30 deadlines! Keertyd 11:30 was the first Afrikaans television series and premiered in the first week of South African television.

TV series, 1977

Western-style adventure series set in a Lowveld mining town in the 1870s. Our Hero is Ben Brandt, who fights for justice on his horse Satan and with his sidekick Jimmy, who absconded from the British army.

TV series, 1978-1982

Children's puppet series about the residents of Blommeland ("flower land"). The main character is  Blommeland's witch, Levinia. Liewe Heksie, as her friends call her, is not a typical witch. She is kind-hearted, not very bright and she can't really do magic. She has a penchant for getting her and her friends into trouble - and then, most of the time quite by accident, to get them out again. Heksie does have one magic trick up her sleeve: She has a magic horse, Griet, which appears whenever she says his name.

TV series, 1976

Dawn and Charlie, the cheeky doll, visit the young ones with a weekly story.

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