A Place Called Home is a South African television drama series produced for SABC1 by T.O.M. Pictures and based on the novels Finding Mr. Madini and Great African Spider Writers by Jonathan Morgan about a writer who inspires and finds inspiration from homeless people living in Johannesburg.
The series originally aired on SABC1 from 20 December, 2006 to 25 February, 2009. There are 39 half-hour episodes in two seasons. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 2 originally aired on SABC1 from 3 September, 2008 to 25 February, 2009, on Wednesdays at 20h30. New episodes broadcast weekly.
A rebroadcast of Season 2 premiered on SABC1 on Monday 18 November 2013, at 22h00. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 26 episodes in the second and final season.
Jozi - the city of Johannesburg - is well known around the continent and the world for being the city paved with gold.
People from all over the country and beyond the border converge here in search of the city's wealth, in the hope to lead them to a better life. Some succeed and some don't. This is the story about these people.
The homeless people have a very different and harsh reality of the city. They have been displaced, harassed and abused, and find out very quickly and painfully that the streets are not what they thought they would be.
But this is not a depressing series about the trials and tribulations of displaced people. There are many other characters with whom our main characters interact, including lovers, family, employers and friends, through whom we will see many different sides of the city.
This season will not show hopeless characters living in the street, but enthusiastic and positive characters living in the city.
The show is directed by Rolie Nikiwe (Tsha-Tsha) Akin Omotoso (God is African, Rifle Road) and first timers uZanenkosi and Zamo Mkwanazi; and produced by Robbie Thorpe, Omotoso and Kgomotso Matsunyane. The series was written by Craig Freimond and Kgomotso Matsunyane.
Original music is by Zwai Bala.
Series exclusive to SABC1. Rebroadcast dates included.
Season 1 (13 episodes)
Premiere: 20 December 2006 | Finale: 14 March 2007 | Wednesdays, 20h30
Premiere: 19 August 2013 | Finale: 11 November 2013 | Mondays, 22h00
Season 2 (26 episodes)
Premiere: 3 September 2008 | Finale: 25 February 2009 | Wednesdays, 20h30
Premiere: 18 November 2013 | Finale: 16 June 2014 | Mondays, 22h00