1 August 2022


The opening night series at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, Reyka follows criminal profiler Reyka Gama (SAFTA winner Kim Engelbrecht from Raised by Wolves and The Flash) as she investigates a string of brutal murders committed by a serial killer in the sugar cane fields of KwaZulu-Natal. Reyka is traumatised by the experience of being abducted as a child by a farmer (Iain Glen from Game of Thrones), but this also helps her enter the minds of Africa’s most notorious criminals.

The eight-part contemporary crime drama also stars SAFTA winners Anna-Mart van der Merwe (Kanarie, Poppie Nongena), Hamilton Dhlamini (Five Fingers for Marseilles), Kenneth Nkosi (Tsotsi, District 9), and Desmond Dube (The Adventures Of Supermama), as well as SAFTA nominees Thando Thabethe (Blood Psalms), Nokuthula Ledwaba (Roots), and Fiona Ramsey (Hard Copy, Black Sails).

Directed by SAFTA nominee Zee Ntuli (Hard To Get) and SAFTA winner Catharine Cooke (The Girl From St Agnes), Reyka was sold by Fremantle to 80 territories, including BritBox North America, CANAL+, Channel4 in the UK, HBO LatAm, and Sky Italia.

Reyka is jointly produced by Serena Cullen for Serena Cullen Productions in the UK (Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Cold Feet) and Harriet Gavshon for Emmy-nominated Quizzical Pictures in South Africa.

“Forget the chilly surrounds of snow and ice: the haunting cane fields of South Africa is our new favourite location for a dark crime drama,” says Australia’s SBS. “Lovers of dark crime fiction will find their appetites for the grim and grisly well satiated with this compelling South African noir.”

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