It’s been another solid year for our very pay channel, M-Net. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that its first English language drama series in more than a decade, Deon Meyer’s thrilling crime story, Trackers, rocketed to the top of the channel’s ratings for the year and received rave reviews from critics and viewers alike. Following the success of that, M-Net 101 will boost its broadcast schedule with a host of exhilarating local series in 2020.
Coming up next on the slate of proudly South African stories is a 13-part family drama, Still Breathing, currently being filmed in and around Johannesburg. From 27 February, Still Breathing will be screened in the M-Net 101 Thursday night slot at 20:00, just after the new season of The Bachelor SA, which starts on 13 February at 19:00.
While Trackers pumped adrenaline with high-octane car chases, flying bullets and blood-curdling crime investigation, Still Breathing sets out to push a totally different set of buttons: the ones of the heart. Love, friendship, complicated relationships, betrayal and long-kept secrets form the emotional crux of a tale about a circle of former friends who have drifted apart with the passage of time but are drawn together again when tragedy strikes. In short, it’s all about love, death – and the mess in-between.
The main themes echo those of international hits such as Brothers and Sisters; This is Us, and Parenthood, but it is spun around the challenges faced by authentic, modern-day South Africans. Sounds like a goodie if you ask us.
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