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KNOWN GODS (article first published : 2005-07-19)

Production on M-Net's new locally produced English drama series, Known Gods, commences on July 18 in the Western Cape. This extravagant tale of excess, deceit, sex and intrigue marks the first time that an M-Net drama series will be filmed in the Western Cape, and M-Net's biggest production in the region yet.

Head of M-Net Local Productions, Carl Fischer, says that the series is quite unlike anything M-Net has ever produced before. "Our research shows that our viewers are responding well to local content - particularly quality local drama," he says. "Known Gods is epic in scope, and the quality of the production will be extremely high. M-Net is focusing on local productions, and aims to make top-quality, compelling local programming which can compete with the amazing international series which we also broadcast," says Fischer.

Known Gods features a stellar cast of South African actors - perennial favourites Antoinette Kellermann, Sandra Prinsloo, Neels van Jaarsveld, Abduragman Adams, Aletta Bezuidenhout, Jan Ellis, Danny Keogh, Susan Danford, Cedwyn Joel, Celeste Matthews, and Michael Atkinson, and introduce fresh talent like Clyde Berning, Nicole Holm, Fleur du Cap prize winner Vicky Davis and Lika van den Bergh, daughter of Regardt van den Bergh and Jana Cilliers.

Both highly experienced in film and television drama, directors David Lister and Regardt van den Bergh are at the helm of the series. Set in the Cape winelands, Known Gods traces the trials of the families on four wine farms, Rossow, Le Fortune des Vins, Smoorberg and Mount Jolley. Murder, mystery, love, lust, deceit, money, power, forces of good versus evil - are all elements contained in the series. It is a series of love stories and a murder investigation - the murder of the wine maker on Rossow sets in motion a series of events that rip open the past.

Executive Producer Herman Binge of producers FremantleMedia says that the series' scope is huge, but that it concentrates on the individual relationships that make up the bigger picture. "Known Gods is complex without being complicated, and glamorous without being over-the-top. With all the acting royalty we have on hand in the series and a fantastic writer in Johann Potgieter, we're sure that it's going to live up to all the promise the concept shows," he says.

Known Gods will be filmed on the Lourensford farm in Somerset West. Lourensford is one of the oldest farms in South Africa, with a history dating back to 1700 when it belonged to Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel. The farm currently belongs to Christo Wiese. Lourensford boasts South Africa's most modern wine cellar, where unique gravity-driven systems are employed in the winemaking process.

Known Gods will premiere on M-Net on September 15, at 20h30.




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