Legacy is M-Net 101’s very first telenovela but what’s more exciting is that its produced by one the most acclaimed production companies in South Africa, Tshedza Pictures.
Legacy’s locus of conflict is an upmarket investment empire that was established by Sebastian Price, the patriarch of the super-wealthy Price family, decades ago, when he was in his early twenties. Now he is a silver fox approaching retirement and it is clear that a family member will soon have to take over the reins. But who will it be? And, at what cost? Sebastian’s bitter ex-wife and ruthless first-born daughter will do whatever it takes to ensure that Sebastian’s second wife, Dineo, does not push her playboy son into the position of CEO.
Of course the power struggle turns nasty. A witches’ brew of betrayal, secrets, lies and revenge.
Stepping into the roles of the current Mrs Price, Dineo, and Sebastian’s ex-wife, Angelique, a former lawyer who is now a woman of leisure, are two of South Africa’s most formidable leading ladies: Kgomotso Christopher and Michelle Botes, both known for creating unforgettable soap characters.
After a long stint on Isidingo, Kgomotso this year clinched a SAFTA award (her third) for her performance in Scandal. She is cut out for the role of Dineo, a beautiful yet tragic second wife with a heart of gold beneath all the Gucci.
Michelle rose to fame in the eighties with star turns in series like Arende and Konings, and ruffled the feathers as At Koster’s wife in Binnelanders. And who will ever forget how she called the shots as Isidingo’s super-bitch, Cherel de Villiers?
In Legacy, Mary-anne Barlow will be the villain everybody loves to hate – Felicity, Sebastian’s eldest daughter. Mary-anne has proved her mettle in shows like Egoli, the British drama Wild At Heart and 1 Magic’s The River, for which she scooped a Best Supporting Actress SAFTA award.
Seasoned film, television and theatre actor Deon Lotz is Legacy’s Sebastian. Deon had a starring role in Skoonheid – South Africa’s Academy Award entry for 2011, and the first Afrikaans film to be shown at the Cannes film festival, where it won the Queer Palm Award. He also played government kingpin Kobie Coetsee in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and boasts a long list of accolades for his work in kykNET films.
The charming stud who will set the hearts aflutter with his dazzling good looks is Sebastian’s wastrel son, SJ. The role fits Anton David Jeftha like a glove. He has made international inroads in US series filmed in South Africa – most notably Strike Back, Homeland and Dominion.
Siyabonga Thwala plays Msizi Zulu, an ambitious board member who also is the head honcho at Legacy Media and L24 News. Like Felicity (Mary-anne Barlow) – the company founder’s opportunistic daughter, Msizi also has his eye on the coveted position of CEO. Felicity should take note, because nothing will stop him from landing his dream job! Siyabonga is well known for portraying taxi boss Mpiyakhe Zungu in Mzansi Magic’s popular soap Isibaya. He also created and hosted Yobe, the documentary series in which ex-offenders approach victims or victims’ families for forgiveness. The impressive resume of this celebrated stage thespian furthermore includes television appearances in The Republic, Scandal, Isidingo, and Generations.
In the role of Nirvana Perumal– Legacy’s sharp, witty and tough Investment board chairperson – viewers will find actress, stand-up comedian and scriptwriter Leeanda Reddy. Even though she won the hearts of many South Africans in Isidingo, Leeanda has also worked with many famous local and international film makers. She starred in the Hollywood film Diana with Naomi Watts, landed a role in the crime thriller Cape Town, which featured Arnold Vosloo and Boris Kodjoe, and she played the doctor who attended to Eldris Elba’s character in Dark Tower.
John, the longest serving employee at the company – in fact, the guy who was there when the doors opened – is brought to life by the inimitable Don Mlangeni Nawa. His contribution to the local television industry was honoured in 2018, with a Royalty Soapie Lifetime Achievement Award. Don has played unforgettable characters in soaps and TV shows such as Sgudi Snaysi, Isidingo, Uzalo, Abomama and The Throne.
Legacy’s ensemble also includes Reandi Grey, Jay Anstey, Dawid Minnaar, Sean-Marco Vorster and Trix Vivier.
Legacy is the brainchild of Phathu Makwarela and Gwydion Beynon from the multiple-award-winning production company Tshedza Pictures. Their latest feat, The River, made a clean sweep at this year’s SAFTA awards with ten Golden Horns. Johnny Barbuzano (Still Breathing) shares director’s duties with Catharine Cooke and Krijay Govender. Director of photography is Trevor Brown. This highly-anticipated telenovela will be screened in 21 September 2020 on M-Net Channel 101. DStv Premium viewers can also catch the series on Catch Up, or stream the episodes live via their mobile devices on DStv Now