- Two brand-new Turkish telenovelas are coming to kykNET&kie from July.
- The titles are In die ysterhand se greep (Never Let Go) and Kind van die noodlot [A Part of Me].
- "kykNET is very excited to bring two top international telenovelas in Afrikaans to kykNET&kie," says Waldimar Pelser, M-Net director of kykNET channels.
Afrikaans-dubbed Turkish telenovelas have been so successful over the past five years that they've spawned a whole new cottage industry of Afrikaans-language dubbing with new work for South African actors and voice artists.
Two brand-new Turkish telenovelas In die ysterhand se greep (Never Let Me Go) and Kind van die noodlot [A Part of Me] will air on kykNET&kie (DStv 145) from July.
"kykNET is very excited to bring two top international telenovelas in Afrikaans to kykNET&kie," says Waldimar Pelser, M-Net director of kykNET channels, in a press statement.
"These two series, produced in Turkey and dubbed locally, are packed with gripping storylines. The dubbing of such big series also creates dozens of job opportunities in the Afrikaans TV industry for talent behind the screens and in front of the microphone."
"The addition of these two Turkish series is part of a bigger renewal for kykNET&kie, which will also include various exciting and new locally produced shows."
"We want to offer our viewers the best of both worlds – international glamour in Afrikaans, as well as local stories and entertainment anchored in Afrikaans communities," Pelser says.
In die ysterhand se greep, known as Asla Vazgeçmem in Turkey, follows Yigit, a successful businessman who doesn't believe in love and is responsible for an accident that leaves his wife, Iclal, in a coma for years.
"Denying her existence is the only way he can cope, and their small son, Mert, believes his mother is in heaven. Yigit meets Nur, and they fall in love. Unaware of Iclal, Nur agrees to marry him. But on the day of their wedding, Iclal wakes up," the show's logline reads.
The second Turkish telenovela of 148-episodes is Kind van die noodlot, known in Turkey as Belahan Jiwa Kahraman.
According to the official description, "Kahraman Yorukman are super-rich, but they don't have any children. Their family rejects them because of this, and Defne starts looking for an alternative way to give her husband an heir. She decides to hire a surrogate mother to have a baby for them".