TV WATCH

Two of the most pow­er­ful women on TV come to­gether to cre­ate magic with crossover episodes

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Boi­tumelo Mat­shaba

THE crossover that took place on Mzansi Magic’s The Queen and 1 Magic’s The

River was mind blow­ing and made his­tory on South African tele­vi­sion. We saw a char­ac­ter of one soapie ap­pear­ing on an­other soapie but play­ing the same char­ac­ter. The scenes, that took place over a pe­riod of a week, had view­ers not only want­ing more but ap­plaud­ing the cast and crew for a job well done.

MAGIC ON SCREEN

The River and The Queen gave us a few spec­tac­u­lar episodes of cast crossover last month. We saw Har­riet Khoza, played by Con­nie Fer­gu­son on The Queen, reach­ing out to her old friend Lindiwe Dlamini, played by Sindi Dlathu on The River, af­ter an un­suc­cess­ful busi­ness trip to Colom­bia.

Lindiwe was sur­prised to re­ceive a call from her old friend but men­tioned that when­ever she re­ceived a call from Har­riet, she knew things were go­ing to get re­ally in­ter­est­ing.

Har­riet’s call was to re­quest R10-mil­lion from Lindiwe, which she owed the Colom­bian druglo­rds, and needed it to con­tinue run­ning her drug busi­ness. It seemed Har­riet was in luck as she was not the only one who needed help.

In ex­change for the huge amount of money, Lindiwe also asked Har­riet to help her fight a big bat­tle. The feisty Lindiwe needed Har­riet to help her get rid of Go­liath, who stole a di­a­mond from her. Lindiwe’s hus­band Zweli, por­trayed by Hlomla Dand­lala, with the help of Thuso a re­formed gang­ster, re­cov­ered the di­a­mond and ap­pre­hended Go­liath when he was try­ing to cross the bor­der to Zim­babwe to sell it. The mighty Go­liath some­how man­aged to escape po­lice cus­tody as he was be­ing trans­ferred to an­other prison. To deal with this mon­ster, the two pow­er­ful busi­ness­women came to­gether and gave us magic on our small screens.

A SEC­OND CROSSOVER?

Im­pressed view­ers gave pos­i­tive feed­back on so­cial me­dia. View­ers also wanted to know if these two TV soapies will give us more of this crossover in fu­ture? The River’s creative pro­ducer and scriptwriter, Percy Vi­lakazi, says, “For now, it’s a once-off. We have es­tab­lished that Lindiwe and Har­riet, two very pow­er­ful and cor­rupt women, are good friends. Whether Har­riet comes back or not will be dic­tated by the story.”

Percy also says the whole idea was to give the view­ers a treat and have them en­joy the best of both worlds. “Both the view­ers of The Queen and The River have been very loyal to the shows. They have also been in­vested in the sto­ries that we cre­ated for them and have bought into the char­ac­ters. It was fun for us too, as writ­ers, be­cause we’re also fans of both Con­nie and Sindi, and of both shows,” he says.

Catch The Queen on Mzansi Magic from Mon­day to Thursday at 9pm and The River ev­ery week­day at 8pm.

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