The series that had us ugly crying in front of our TV screens, This Is Us will go down as one of our all-time favourite family dramas, filled with plot twists and heart-wrenching moments. While the next instalment of the emotional and Emmy award-winning show isn’t set to hit SA screens soon, M-Net has us covered with a new and exciting local TV series called Still Breathing.
The much-anticipated drama has already been dubbed as a South African must-watch by the likes of Deon Meyer. And, we can’t wait to see what the series has in store.
Here’s everything you need to know about M-Net’s Still Breathing…
It features an all-star local cast
Like our other favourite family dramas, Still Breathing boasts an impressive cast. Catching Feelings star, Kate Liquorish stars as Abi. Abi is smart, fun, and quirky. She is a perfectionist and is always there to lend a helping or advisory hand to her friends and family. Lorcia Kumalo from Lockdown plays the forthright and loving Lucille. She would do absolutely anything to protect her friends or save them from any kind of pain. She is a champion of truth and justice no matter the cost. Other key roles are played by Shannon Esra, Tiffany Barbuzano, Brandon Auret and Siv Ngesi. Look out for SA acting doyenne Dorothy Ann Gould, who also makes an appearance.
They explore important themes in Still Breathing
The show revolves around several families, all connected through a central plot point. This proudly South African series will push a totally different set of buttons: the ones of the heart. Love, friendship, complicated relationships, betrayal and long-kept secrets form the emotional crux of a tale about a circle of former friends who have drifted apart with the passage of time but are drawn together again when tragedy strikes. In short, it’s all about love, death – and the mess in-between.
It’s bound to bring tears to your eyes
With excellent performances from everyone involved, the drama is high in this series. And there are loads of plot twists. The show also deals with family conflicts and issues like mental health. And all the action is backed by an incredibly moving soundtrack. This, historically – think Izzie lying on the floor in Grey’s Anatomy – can make a huge impact. Get your tissues ready…
Watch the trailer here:
The show premieres this Thursday 27 February at 8pm on M-Net, DStv channel 101.
By Features Editor Stephanie van der Plank