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VILLA ROSA (article first published : 2005-08-22)

Villa Rosa, kykNET's very own soapie, recently celebrated the broadcast of its 100th episode.

The programme debuted in 2004 and is currently broadcast three times per week. It is one of kykNET's top performing programmes and is constantly achieving the highest viewership amongst DStv Afrikaans subscribers.

Every week, viewers are entertained by the grumpy Prof Fritz's antics and his relationship with Rebecca, former ghost and nurse and now head of entertainment at Villa Rosa. The youngsters - Marius, Jackie, Delarey and Portia - ensure enough eye candy, romance and adventure. And then everyone wonders what evil plans the sly Shane Rix and his sidekick, the über-bitch Wanda, will get up to.

Well-known actors like Lieb Bester, Elize Cawood, Hanli Rolfes-Opperman, Dorette Potgieter and Deon Coetzee have become truly loved and hated. Newcomers like Jaco Vermeulen, Beatrix Erasmus, Stacy Koma and Ben Burger are becoming the brightest stars in the industry.

True to the soapie genre, the first 100 episodes were filled with adultery, divorce, unwanted pregnancy, drugs, hidden treasures, failed romances, fraud, backstabbing and intrigue. Many celebrities have booked into the guesthouse - Valiant Swart, Ollie Viljoen, Franci Swanepoel and Zing winners, Reneé & Karen.

The next 100 episodes promise even more surprises and guest appearances! Keep an eye out for Jannie Moolman, Mimi Coertze, Heinz Winckler and Beeskraal later this year. Villa Rosa is produced by Spectro Productions and is filmed at Atlas Studios in Milpark, Johannesburg. The production team visit Bloemfontein from time to time to film outside and establishing shots of Bloemfontein's landmarks to add even more believability to this human soapie.

Villa Rosa fans can look forward to four episodes a week from April 2006. Currently it is broadcast on kykNET (DStv channel 35) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 19h30 with a weekly omnibus on Saturdays at 22h00 (weekly omnibus).




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