FIRST LOOK | Kim Engelbrecht and Iain Glen in M-Net's new crime drama Reyka

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  • M-Net has announced that production for the new local series, Reyka has begun.
  • The eight-part crime drama stars Kim Engelbrecht and Iain Glen.
  • Other cast members include Anna-Mart van Der Merwe, Hamilton Dhlamini, Kenneth Nkosi, Desmond Dube and Thando Thabethe.
  • Reyka will premiere on M-Net (DStv 101) in July 2021.

Production has started on M-Net and Fremantle's eight-part contemporary crime drama Reyka which will star South African born actress Kim Engelbrecht (Isidingo, Dominion, The Flash) and acclaimed British actor Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey).

The co-production is being filmed in South Africa and is set to debut on M-Net (DStv 101) in July 2021.

Reyka centres on a flawed but brilliant criminal profiler, Reyka Gama (Engelbrecht). Haunted by her past, she investigates a string of brutal murders committed by a serial killer in the sugar cane fields of KwaZulu-Natal. 

Having been abducted as a child by a farmer named Speelman (Glen), Reyka is traumatised by the experience, but this also helps her enter the minds of Africa's most notorious criminals and turn them inside out. Manipulative and charming, his hold on Reyka, 20 years later, forms part of the backbone of the story, as does Reyka's relationship with her mother Elsa, played by Anna-Mart van der Merwe (Poppie Nongena).

Reyka exposes the secrets and lies, truth and trust, damage, healing and forgiveness. With a dramatic backdrop of sugar cane fields, tropical beaches, stifling heat, dangerous wildlife, a criminal underworld, and shadowy politics - each place is connected by sugar but divided in so many other ways. 

Other cast members include Hamilton Dhlamini, Kenneth Nkosi, Nokuthula Ledwaba, Desmond Dube, Gerald Stein, Ian Roberts, Fiona Ramsey, David Butler, Thando Thabethe, and Jessica Hayes.

The series is directed by Zee Ntuli (Hard to Get) and Catharine Cooke (The Girl from St Agnes) and created and written by award-winning screenwriter Rohan Dickson (Husk, Welcome to Hawaii).


Kim Engelbrecht as Reyka Gama.
Kim Engelbrecht as Reyka Gama.
Iain Glen as Speelman.
Iain Glen as Speelman.
Kim as Reyka and Anna-Mart van der Merwe as Elsa.
Kim as Reyka and Anna-Mart van der Merwe as Elsa.
Thando Thabethe in Reyka.
Thando Thabethe in Reyka.

Compiled by Leandra Engelbrecht

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