Shoreline is a South African nature travel series produced by Homebrew Films for SABC2 in which three expert presenters - a marine biologist, an archaeologist and an historian - explore South Africa's coastlines from their unique perspectives, uncovering the archaeological, biological and anthropological features of each region.
Shoreline premiered on SABC2 on Monday 13 July 2009, at 19h30, replacing 50/50. It moved to SABC3 for Season 2. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 2 premiered on SABC3 on Sunday 9 September 2012, at 18h00. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 13 episodes in the second season.
South Africa’s coast is the meeting place of two ocean giants – the cold Benguela current of the Atlantic Ocean and the warm Agulhas of the Indian Ocean.
They clash fiercely at the continents southern tip, dividing the region into two contrasting marine ecosystems that rank amongst the richest, most biologically diverse and oceanographically complex on the planet.
Shoreline reflects the heritage of the South African shoreline in an epic journey of discovery. The series is entirely filmed in HD and the latest HD technology in aerial filming, a Cineflex camera, is used to achieve the high production value.
The series showcases South African shores and aims to connect South Africans to their land, history, heritage and each other.
A team of experts - Eleanor Yeld (Marine Biologist), Gavin Whitelaw (Archaeologist) and Nomalanga Mkhize (Historian) will take us on this 3000km journey, from Alexander Bay to Kosi Bay.
To accomplish this, the show will focus on the unique points of interest for each area and build an encyclopedic picture of the South African shoreline, discovering the secrets, the scenery and the stories that make our coast unique and how life at the edge shaped our destiny.
Shoreline explores the nearly 3,000 kilometers of South African coastline – stretching from the desert border with Namibia on the Atlantic coast southwards around the tip of Africa and then north to the border with Mozambique on the Indian Ocean.
It reveals how natural wonders and historic events shaped the lives of coastal communities, and focuses on the natural history, history and archaeology of each region, to build an evolving, encyclopedic picture of the South African coastline.
The series takes the viewer to the life at the water's edge.
Shoreline 2 is a factual series commissioned by SABC3 to reflect the heritage of the South African shoreline in an epic, never-seen-before journey of discovery.
The series is entirely filmed in HD and the latest HD technology in aerial filming, a Cineflex camera, is used to achieve the high quality aerials. To build on the high production values achieved in Season 1, Season 2 introduced and improved on the use of jib shots and amazing underwater and timelapse sequences.
The presenters are now seasoned presenters and raise the bar in making their respective topics accessible to the viewer.
It is a series that showcases our shores in the most visual of ways and connects South Africans to the natural beauty, wildlife, history and heritage of their country.
Supported by Peter Butler and his Jack Russell New-Jack as anchor presenters, a team of experts – an archaeologist, historian and marine biologist – once again take us on this 3,000 km journey.
From Alexander Bay on the West Coast right the way around to Kosi Bay on the border with Mozambique, the show gets viewers to relate and engage with the topics by telling the local story in a spirit of optimism and adventure.
To accomplish this, we focus on the unique points of interest for each area and, through this; we build an encyclopedic picture of the South African shoreline, discovering the secrets, the scenery and the stories that make our coast unique.
Shoreline was awarded the Best Factual Educational Entertainment Award as well as the Best Cinematography Award at the South African Film & Television Awards 2010 (SAFTAs).
The introductory episode of the first season was nominated for the Presenter-Led Award at the Wild Screen Festival's Panda Awards that took place in Bristol, UK, in October 2010.
The Wildscreen Festival is a global festival and is internationally acknowledged as the most influential and prestigious event of its kind in the world.
The other two nominees were Expedition Grizzly, which was co-produced by Grizzly Creek Films (USA) and The National Geographic Channel (won the Panda in this category); and Monty Halls' Great Escape produced by Tigress Productions (UK) and commissioned by the BBC.
Note: the series moved from SABC2 to SABC3 for Season 2
Season 1 (13 episodes)
Channel: SABC2 | Premiere: 13 Jul 2009 | Finale: 5 Oct 2009 | Mondays, 19h30
Season 2 (13 episodes)
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 9 Sep 2012 | Finale: 2 Dec 2012 | Sundays, 18h00