SABC3's breakfast show Expresso is broadcast live from a penthouse apartment in Sea Point, Cape Town which has panoramic views of Table Mountain and the ocean.
This context allows the cameras and presenters to move fluidly from place to place, avoiding the typical studio format, ensuring energetic performances and optimum attention.
Presenters Liezel van der Westhuizen, Katlego Maboe, Michael Mol and fitness guru Ewan Strydom steer the show through a myriad of informative and interactive segments.
As well as soft news and weather, the show includes kids' entertainment and green awareness, on-trend fashion and beauty advice, comedy, interviews with celebrities, live gigs from SA's top bands and the latest from the worlds of blogging, gaming and gadgets.
Doctors, opinionated journalists, chefs, sport fanatics, stylists and "techies" form the expert presenter pool. Their conversation allows a casual atmosphere and they are asked to err on the fun side.
The content caters to every age group and the bilingual aspect ensures that more people can watch the show.
Season 1 aired on SABC3 from 4 October, 2010 to 28 September, 2012, on weekdays - originally at 05h30 but later from 06h00. There are 520 episodes in the first season.