Ashes to Ashes cast in fine form for sea­son 2

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Not even a thun­der­storm could stop the cast of e.tv’s Ashes to Ashes from show­ing up in Sand­ton to the launch of the pro­gramme’s se­cond sea­son.

The evening opened with a dra­matic flour­ish when Prince of Theatre Atandwa Kani re­capped the first sea­son.

Co­me­dian and ac­tor Mandla Gaduka and ac­claimed ac­tress Nambitha Mpuml­wana were the evening’s hosts.

Mpuml­wana wore a daz­zling black num­ber, and a fab pair of heels that looked as if they were not made for walk­ing. The new sea­son has new ac­tors. They in­clude Nyal­leng Thibedi (Mpho Na­mane); Rhythm City’s Ntando Duma; Tina Jaxa, pre­vi­ously on Gold Dig­gers; and Kani (Buzwe Sihlahla).

Kani said: “It’s al­most like a dream come true. Theatre and per­form­ing has al­ways been part of my life and act­ing with any good ac­tor is en­tic­ing.

“I met the cast of Ashes to Ashes in a dif­fer­ent soap and com­ing back to the fam­ily felt right.”

Vet­eran ac­tor Pa­trick Shai (Sel­ogilwe Na­mane) said: “The fam­ily tragedy in­ten­si­fies. In the pre­vi­ous sea­son we set a great bench­mark, and now things get darker and darker for the Na­manes.” Star Menzi Ngubane joined the first sea­son late as De­tec­tive Nkozo and re­turns to the te­len­ov­ela. “More drama un­folds. I make it my mis­sion to un­cover what the Na­manes are try­ing to cover up in their busi­ness with the fu­neral par­lour.”

Mpuml­wana, who plays Mand­lakazi Na­mane, said: “Shoot­ing the sea­son as an en­tire pack­age be­fore the au­di­ence get to watch it should put an in­ter­est­ing spin on the story, un­like the first sea­son, where we could still tweak our script based on au­di­ence re­sponse. But sea­son 2 def­i­nitely has more shock­ing and scan­dalous dra­matic mo­ments.”

Ashes to Ashes re­ceived six South African Film and Tele­vi­sion Award nom­i­na­tions on Thurs­day morn­ing.

The new sea­son airs on Mon­day, March 14 at 8pm on e.tv.

PHO­TOS: LUCKY NX­U­MALO

SEA­SON 2 From left: Atandwa Kani, Ze­nande Mfenyana, Menzi Ngubane and Tina Jaxa

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