Reyka (TV series)

Reyka is a South African crime thriller television drama series created and written by Rohan Dickson. It is an M-Net original production co-produced by Quizzical Pictures and Serena Cullen Productions for subscription television channel M-Net, released in July 2021.[1][2]

Reyka
Created byRohan Dickson
Written byRohan Dickson
Jake Riddell
Starring
Country of originSouth Africa
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producersRohan Dickson
Serena Cullen
Harriet Gavshon
ProducersJ.P. Potgieter
Wikus du Toit
Schalk Willem Burger
Production companiesQuizzical Pictures
Serena Cullen Productions
DistributorNaspers
MultiChoice
M-Net
DStv
Fremantle (international)
Release
Original networkM-Net
Original release25 July 2021 (2021-07-25)
External links
Website

Series OverviewEdit

The series alternates between Reyka's past and present. In 1994, when apartheid was ending, an 11-year old Reyka was abducted by Angus Spelman, who sexually assaulted her for four years. Reyka managed to escape at age 16, with her abductor finally caught and sentenced to prison.

Now as an adult, Reyka (Kim Engelbrecht), is a criminal profiler investigating a string of brutal murders in Kwa-Zulu Natal by a serial killer. She deals with her traumatic childhood past, which somehow also helps her get into the minds of Africa's notorious criminals.[3]

CastEdit

  • Kim Engelbrecht as Reyka Gama, an investigative psychologist and criminal profiler. She was abducted in her childhood.
    • Gabrielle de Gama as Young Reyka
  • Iain Glen as Angus Speelman, Scottish immigrant farmer. He and his wife abduct small children, on account of not being able to have their own. When the children reach a certain age, Speelman sees them as sexual beings.
  • Nokuthula Ledwaba as Portia, Angus's wife. Mired in a complicated and dangerous relationship with him, her past is a mystery.
  • Anna-Mart van der Merwe as Elsa Meyer, a journalist and adventure seeker. She is Reyka's mother. Reyka carries resentment, knowing that at some point, she gave up in searching for her, however they both work together to build a new relationship with each other.
  • Hamilton Dlamini as Hector Zwane, a brigadier who is doggedly determined.
  • Gerald Steyn as Tanner
  • Mavuso Simelane as Samuel Zwane is a junior detective in the SAPS. He is proud, strong, and ambitious, a straight shooter determined to do everything by the book.
  • Tamara Jozi as Bongi's granny
  • Leeanda Reddy as Sewsunker, a forensic detective. She is the voice of reason in her team, always calm and methodical in her approach to her work.
  • Thando Thabethe as Constable Nandi Cele. She is forthright and empathetic, acting as a moral compass for her colleagues.
  • Desmond Dube as Pastor Ezekiel, a spiritual leader in his community. He is a showman and a seductive orator who uses his "gift of the gab" to attract people to his church.
  • Kenneth Nkosi as Chief Msomi

ProductionEdit

It was announced in 2018, that M-Net and Fremantle would work together in creating the series. It was set to start production in early-2019.[4][5]

On 9 December 2020, Kim Engelbrecht posted pictures of behind-the-scenes footage on Instagram, expressing her excitement for working on the set alongside Iain Glen.[6]

In an interview with Independent Online, Managing director of Quizzical Pictures, Harriet Gavshon, says when she was approached by Rohan Dickson for the series, she was happy to share the production credits with Serena Cullen. She says “I read the outlines and loved it. Then we met the British producer, Serena Cullen, and we got on very well".[7]

On 15 December 2020, M-Net and Fremantle announced the lead cast for the series.[8]

Filming began on the taking place for 7 weeks, predominantly in the rural settlements of Stanger and Inanda, as well as in Johannesburg.[9]

BroadcastEdit

The series premiered on 25 July 2021 on M-Net. The series had an international release on Amazon Prime.

ReceptionEdit

The first episode of Reyka was shown at the 60th Monte-Carlo Television Festival and received rave reviews.[10]

South African reporter, Thinus Ferreira for News24, gave the series a rating of 3/5, comparing it to Prodigal Son and Silence of the Lambs.[11] He says the script by Rohan Dickson may likely be inspired by South African serial killer Thozamile Taki, known as the Sugarcane Killer. Thozamile was convicted with 19 life sentences on 19 January 2011 for the murders of 13 young women, 10 of which were murdered in the sugarcane fields around Umzinto in 2007. He warns "some on-screen gruesomeness is par for the cause in a catch-the-killer crime drama. Reyka is possibly best watched with the lights on, and on bright, on a Sunday night".[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Get ready for the premiere of Reyka – DStv". www.dstv.co.za. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Introducing, Reyka | Fremantle". fremantle.com. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  3. ^ "PressReader.com - Digital Newspaper & Magazine Subscriptions". www.pressreader.com. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Fremantle to develop South African drama with Multichoice". TBI Vision. 28 November 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  5. ^ "M-Net teams with Fremantle for crime thriller Reyka | Programming | News | Rapid TV News". www.rapidtvnews.com. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Kim Engelbrecht reveals projected premiere date of Reyka". JustNje. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  7. ^ "'Reyka' producer Harriet Gavshon unpacks the other side of showbiz". www.iol.co.za. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  8. ^ "M-Net and Fremantle announce lead cast for South African drama Reyka as production begins". QUIZZICAL PICTURES. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  9. ^ "5 things you need to know about M-NET'S African Crime Drama "Reyka"". www.glamour.co.za. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  10. ^ Contributor, SAPeople (21 July 2021). "New SA Crime Drama Reyka Featuring Game of Thrones Star Receives Rave International Reviews". SAPeople - Worldwide South African News. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  11. ^ Ferreira, Thinus. "Reyka". Channel. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  12. ^ "TV with Thinus: TV REVIEW. Put the light on bright for M-Net's shaky Reyka local crime drama series". TV with Thinus. 23 July 2021. Retrieved 31 August 2021.

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