Love, friendship, and betrayal in M-Net's new family drama

Lorcia Kumalo in 'Still Breathing.' (Photo supplied: M-Net)
Lorcia Kumalo in 'Still Breathing.' (Photo supplied: M-Net)

Cape Town - After the success of their first original drama series in more than a decade M-Net is following up with a new family drama set to premiere in February 2020.

The 13-part family drama Still Breathing is currently being filmed in and around Johannesburg and will air on M-Net (DStv 101) from 27 February at 20:00.

Still Breathing will focus on 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 over time but are drawn together again when tragedy strikes. In short, it’s all about love, death, and the mess in-between.

The main themes echo those of international hits such as Brothers and Sisters; This is Us, and Parenthood, but it is spun around the challenges faced by authentic, modern-day South Africans.

The series is directed by SAFTA award-winner Johnny Barbuzano (The River) with the script written by his wife Tiffany Barbuzano, who also stars in the show. Their children Jamie and Jesse Barbuzano also make their acting debut in the drama.

Other cast members include Kate Liquorish (Catching Feelings, Eye in the Sky), SAFTA winner Lorcia Kumalo (Lockdown, Zulu Wedding, The Queen), Naledi winner Shannon Esra (The Throne, The Queen), Ty Keogh (The Girl from St Agnes) and Jane de Wet (The Girl from St Agnes).

"This is an exceptionally exciting time in the history of M-Net and local television," says M-Net CEO, Nkateko Mabaso.

"Trackers confirmed our hunch that our audiences are craving compelling, high-quality English drama series that shine the spotlight on our beautiful country and its people, and on the phenomenally talented artists and story crafters in our local film and television industry. We are currently developing and producing series in a range of genres, that will slot into the M-Net 101 schedule exactly where they belong: cheek to cheek with Hollywood hits."

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