become an institution at the Gauteng commercial radio station.
He brings a wealth of two decades of radio and TV broadcasting experience to In Under the Skin. Perlman’s guests have been meticulously chosen across a spectrum of fields – notably politics, business, philanthropy, sport, the arts and social activism. The first episode, featuring Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, was disappointing. My impression was that as the country’s presidential hopeful, he should have been more probing with tough questions regarding the state of the nation and the ANC.
His second interview, with Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, confirmed that a person’s background does not necessarily determine their destiny.
Perlman’s interview, with Lindiwe Sisulu, came across as flat given his usual probing and insightful style. But since then, the show has gained momentum with inspirational personalities such as HIV/Aids researcher Dr Glenda Gray, Treatment Action Campaign co-founder Zackie Achmat and humanitarian Dr Imtiaz Sooliman whose Gift of the Givers is the country’s only international relief organisation.
“In Pakistan they wanted to know what we had come to ask for,” Dr Sooliman told Perlman. “They knew us as people with the begging bowl but we had a message for them: Africa is waking up from its slumber. It is about giving than just receiving.”
My only criticism is that some footage can add quality to viewing. Watching two people talking on TV can be tax your powers of concentration.
Otherwise, it’s a worthy addition to eNCA’s current affairs programmes.
Under the Skin is broadcast every Wednesday at 9.30pm on DStv (Channel 403) with repeats on Thursdays at 9.30am.
John Perlman is the of host of