Get ready for some more captivating television from M-Net, Mzansi! The channel’s highly-anticipated new thriller ‘Reyka’ is set to light up our screens this week as the series, starring Kim Engelbrecht and Iain Glen, premieres Sunday 25 July.
South African actress Kim Engelbrecht plays Reyka Gama and acclaimed British actor Iain Glen stars as Angus Speelman in this gripping crime series, which also stars South African and SAFTA award-winning actress Anna-Mart van der Merwe as Reyka’s mom, Elsa, who struggles to see her daughter’s life spiral into cycles of obsession with her abductor and work. The series will expose the secrets and lies, truth and trust, damage and healing and forgiveness and the future.
On Friday, 18 June Reyka opened the 60th Monte-Carlo Television Festival with its worldwide first episode screening in Monaco and received rave reviews from guests who attended the festival.
Alternating between 1994 and the present day, the series promises to bring a whole lot of drama to the small screen. The story starts in 1994 when eleven-year-old Reyka Gama, accompanies her mother Elsa, a photographer who is covering the elections for a local newspaper. It’s a time of huge excitement and hope but then something cataclysmic happens, Elsa is looking the other way and Reyka, her only daughter is abducted.
Fast forward to 2021 and still haunted by her disturbing past, a flawed but brilliant Reyka, now a criminal profiler, investigates a string of brutal murders committed by a serial killer amongst the sugarcane fields of KwaZulu Natal.
The series features an array of exceptional local actors including Thando Thabethe as Nandi Cele, Leeanda Reddy as Alia Sewsunker, Hamilton Dhlamini as Hector Zwane, Mavuso Simelane as Samuel Zwane, Gerald Steyn, Nokuthula Mavuso as Portia, Kenneth Nkosi as Chief Msomi, Rashaan Stackling as Thuli Gama, Gabrielle De Gama as Young Reyka, Fiona Ramsey as Cathleen Tyrone, Ian Roberts, John Tyrone, and Desmond Dube as Pastor Zik.
Watch the trailer below and tune in every Sunday at 8pm on M-Net.