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Gaz'lam

Genres: Drama, Education

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Gaz'lam is a South African educational drama television series created by Barry Berk, Peter Esterhuysen and Lauren Segal from an idea by Ngaire Blankenberg, S'bu Nxumalo and Clarence Hamilton and produced by Ochre Moving Pictures which explores love, sex and relationships, with recurring themes of male and female identities and expectations, sexual negotiations and betrayal and conflict between "tradition" and modernity, against a backdrop of HIV/AIDS.

The series originally aired on SABC1 from 3 October, 2002 to 5 August, 2005. There are 52 half-hour episodes in four seasons. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.

Season 4 originally aired on SABC1 from 20 May to 5 August, 2005, on Fridays at 20h30. New episodes broadcast weekly.

A rebroadcast of Season 4 premiered on SABC1 on Thursday 28 November 2013, at 22h30. Thereafter new episodes broadcast in a double bill weekly, at 22h00. There are 13 episodes in the fourth and final season.

Synopsis

The show uses modern mythology to transport viewers into the worlds of the living, the dead, and the in-between. The guide through these worlds is the spirit of GP, a ghost who serves as the story's narrator.

He relates Sifiso's story as a cautionary tale and with a message of hope: that it is never too late for us to make the right choice and make a change in our lives.

While the first two seasons deal with the sacrifices, compromises and problems associated with trying to make relationships work, Seasons 3 and 4 also look at the relationship with oneself, with particular attention to the concept of love.

What is love, in all of its manifestations? Love for self, love for others, conditional love, unconditional love, healthy and unhealthy love.

Does someone make a choice to love someone? If so or not, what choices does a character make out of or for love?

Central to the storyline are the recurring themes of male and female identities and expectations; sexual negotiations and betrayal; conflict between "tradition" and modernity; the maturation of love and the consequences of the choices we make, all set against a backdrop of South Africa’s HIV/Aids pandemic.

The tagline for the series is "Love, sex, and relationships in the new South Africa." Gaz'lam means "blood that binds" or "brotherhood".

The first episode of the series was dedicated to the memory of series star Sipho Mzobe, who was murdered in July 2002, months before the series was broadcast.

Credits

Series Producer and Head Writer

Charlie Sapadin

Executive Producers

Indra de Lanerolle
Lauren Segal

Directors

Alex Yazbek (26 episodes, 2003-2005)
Barry Berk (13 episodes, 2002)
Bronwyn Berry (7 episodes, 2005)
Hlomla Dandala (6 episodes, 2005)

Writers

Charlie Sapadin (28 episodes, 2003-2005)
Barry Berk (13 episodes, 2002)
Neil McCarthy (13 episodes, 2003-2004)
Bongi Ndaba (4 episodes, 2005)
Craig Freimond (3 episodes, 2003)
Stephen Simm (3 episodes, 2005)
Nick Warren (3 episodes, 2005)
Alex Yazbek (3 episodes, 2005)

Music Composer

Philip Miller

Story Contributors

Palesa Letlaka
Makhaola Ndebele
Ntsieng Sithe
Israel Makoe
Pule Hlatshwayo
S'bu Nxumalo
Monde Mayephu

Seasons

Series exclusive to SABC1. Rebroadcast dates included.

Season 1 (13 episodes)

Premiere: 3 October 2002 | Finale: 26 December 2002 | Thursdays, 20h30
Premiere: 4 April 2013 | Finale: 18 July 2013 | Thursdays, 22h00

Season 2 (13 episodes)

Premiere: 10 October 2003 | Finale: 2 January 2004 | Fridays, 20h30
Premiere: 25 July 2013 | Finale: 10 October 2013 | Thursdays, 22h00

Season 3 (13 episodes)

Premiere: 18 February 2005 | Finale: 13 May 2005 | Fridays, 20h30
Premiere: 17 October 2013 | Finale: 28 November 2013 | Thursdays, 22h00

Season 4 (13 episodes)

Premiere: 20 May 2005 | Finale: 5 August 2005 | Fridays, 20h30
Premiere: 28 November 2013 | Finale: 9 January 2014 | Thursdays, 22h00


Season 4 Cast

as
Khethiwe

as
Menzo

as
Msizi

as
Portia

as
Sifiso

as
Thuli

as
Khethiwe's Father

as
Portia's Doctor

as
Kholifelo

as
Sangoma

as
Coltrane

as
Hotel Manager

as
Melanie

as
Monde

as
Pastor

as
Snake

as
Editor

as
Flat Occupant

as
Herself

as
Induna 1

as
Induna 2

as
Kim's Mom

as
Lindi

as
Monde's Client

as
Monde's PA

as
Muzi

as
Police Officer

as
Portia's Dad

as
Portia's Gogo

as
Rehab Counsellor

as
Rehab Nurse

as
Sifiso's Uncle

as
Thuli's Mom

as
Woman 3

as
Pearl (as Lulu Nxozi)

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