Chandies is a South African sitcom produced by Penguin Films in which a naive church community takes in two inept, desperate conmen on the run from a microlender in Johannesburg who repay their new family by taking them for a not-so-joyous ride.
The series originally aired on DStv's Mzansi Magic channel from 6 April to 29 June, 2012, on Fridays at 19h00. There are 13 half-hour episodes in one season. The series later aired on DStv's Mzansi Wethu channel. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Chandies premiered on Mzansi Wethu on Monday 13 May 2013, at 19h00. New episodes broadcast weekly.
"Scam thy neighbour."
Chandies is a colloquial term that means "trouble" and is also the name of the sitcom where a naive church community takes in two inept, desperate conmen who repay their new family by taking them for a not-so-joyous ride.
Paddido (Patrick Shai) and Daliza (Darlington Michaels) - two conniving if not convincing gangsters - arrive at a church for sanctuary. These two conmen are on the run from a microlender in Johannesburg.
After convincing Pastor Tumelo Mofokeng (Lesedi Mogoatlhe) that they are two God-fearing citizens in need of some help, she offers them temporary refuge. They in turn see her as their meal ticket, giving them access to a congregation full of potential targets.
Unfortunately their efforts are hampered by their overzealous and perpetually skeptical niece, Dorothea (Tina Jaxa), whose daughter Limpho (Kertrice Maitisa), a sassy smart teenager, has her own wry way of interrupting the conmen's plans.
Another character in the Chandies family is Macintosh "Mac" Kunene (Richard Tafane). He is the security guard at the church who often becomes the unlucky scapegoat and guinea pig to many of Daliza and Paddido's schemes.
Written by Mpaki Molapo and Brendan Pollecutt, the series is produced by Roberta Durrant for Penguin Films. The director is Vusi Dibakwane.
Season 1 (13 episodes)
Channel: Mzansi Magic | Premiere: 6 Apr 2012 | Finale: 29 Jun 2012 | Fridays, 19h00
Channel: Mzansi Wethu | Premiere: 13 May 2013 | Finale: 5 Aug 2013 | Mondays, 19h00