Interrogation Room is a South African television drama series produced by Fremantle Media for SABC1 which explores the emotional impact that crime has on its victims and on the police themselves. Most of the drama unfolds indoors, in the tense, claustrophobic, environment of the police station.
The series premiered on SABC1 on Thursday 11 November 2004, at 21h00. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 3 aired on SABC1 from 11 October, 2007 to 3 January, 2008, on Thursdays at 21h00. There are 13 hour-long episodes in the third season.
Season 3 Synopsis
A completely new cast takes over for Season 3 from the cast that performed in the first two seasons, with the exception of Thoko Ntshinga who takes over as the lead for the third season.
Interrogation Room revolves around a core group of specially trained and determined police detectives who often think of their office as an extended family and work both in unison and often discord while, together, they solve crimes.
The third season of Interrogation Room further contains an ongoing storyline which tells the harrowing tale of young girls being abducted for highly sinister purposes.
The stakes are raised when one of the principle characters’ sister disappears. Desperate to find her the police employ desperate measures like going undercover, with disastrous results.
One of the cops is abducted and the writing seems to be on the wall. But, with ingenuity and tenacity, they yet again outwit the criminals and win the day.
An ensemble of often conflicting characters comes to the fore in every episode and we become party to their strengths, pet hates, prejudices, fears and weaknesses as they hit the beat to make the world a safer and better place.
The IR Universe
The Open Plan Office
Cops at their desks. Working the phones. Arguing the case. Getting the answers. On the Internet, searching databases, tracking information.
Detective Sami Ntshona knows computers even better than he knows the city. He'll bend the law, even break it, to see that justice is done.
Sami's heart rules his head - he has a vicious temper. He hates criminals, but he'll fall in love with Thandiswa.
Staff Room & Locker Rooms
Cops at rest. Cops at play. Heading home, starting work, eating lunch. Talking, fighting, helping, flirting.
The station's Commanding Officer, Martin Mseleku, likes to hang around joking and laughing with the other cops. Not exactly a workaholic, he relies on his number two, Thandiswa - she's the best cop he's got.
But Thandiswa's honesty will one day clash with Martin's corruption.
Public Reception Area
Victims pour in, desperate for help. Criminals are dragged in from the streets. Cops like Detective Frederick Erasmus must face the public every day as they battle to keep the city's crime wave under control.
Frederick feels a heavy burden of guilt for the racist beliefs that many of his friends and family still hold. None of them approve of his burgeoning relationship with a married black woman - Thandiswa.
Suspects behind bars. Waiting to be interrogated, hoping to be released. Drunks recovering, cops ignoring all the anger and abuse. Lawyers like Nena Pillay fighting for justice. Guilty or innocent, her clients almost always walk free.
Nena knows the law and how to work the system. It's not about the truth, it's about winning. Thandiswa can't stand her - and the feeling is mutual.
[All seasons consist of 13 episodes]
Premiere: 11 November 2004 | Finale: 3 February 2005 | On: Thursdays, 21h00
Premiere: 13 October 2005 | Finale: 5 January 2006 | On: Thursdays, 21h00
Premiere: 11 October 2007 | Finale: 3 January 2008 | On: Thursdays, 21h00
Premiere: 14 August 2008 | Finale: 6 November 2008 | On: Thursdays, 20h30