Hot on the box this week

2009-12-07 00:00

STARTING on M-Net at 8.30 pm on Wednesday is The Prisoner, a modern reworking of the classic 1960s television series of the same name, which tells the story of one man’s battle for freedom.

Starring Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, X-Men) and Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ, The Count of Monte Christo), it was filmed in Swakopmund and the Namib Desert in Namibia and in the Western Cape.

The Prisoner tells the story of a man who finds himself trapped in a mysterious place known as The Village, with no memory of how he got there. He discovers that its inha­bitants are identified by number instead of by name and have no memory of a prior exis­tence or outside civilisation.

Not knowing who to trust, Number Six (Caviezel) is driven to discover the truth. Trying to stop him is the sinister and charismatic Number Two (McKellen).

The six-part mini-series also features South African actress Jessica Haines (Disgrace).

Other highlights this week include:


• When Did You Last See Your Father (M-Ne­t, 9.30 pm): Starring Colin Firth and Jim Broadbent, this film tells the story of accomplished writer and poet Blake Morrison, who has to deal with conflicting emotions when he learns that his father, Arthur, has terminal cancer.


• Supernatural (SABC3, 10.15 pm): As Sam and Dean Winchester continue their search for the demon that killed their mother, they investigate murders committed by a killer clown.


• Superdance South Africa (, 9.30 pm): After nationwide auditions, tears and temper tantrums, passionate dance moves and nerve-wracking eliminations, only three couples remain to fight for R20 000 and the Superdance title. Find out who wins tonight.


• Top Billing (SABC3, 7.30 pm): The team interviews top U.S. rockband The Killers, as well as meeting celebrities in Cape Town for the World Cup draw and the lovely ladies competing to be Miss South Africa 2010.


• Jerusalema (M-Net, 9 pm): Gritty South African drama about a Soweto boy, Lucky Kunene, who goes from petty crime to being a hijacker in Hillbrow. A must-see.

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