Spoorloos is a South African, Afrikaans-language television drama series based on the novel Daddy Long Legs by Vernon W. Baumann and set in the fictional town of Digtersdal in the Eastern Cape, a ghost town which never recovered from a spate of serial killings 13 years previously.
In search of healing and revival after 13 years of unresolved mysteries, the serial killer suddenly returns, meaning a detective and a journalist must open all the old wounds.
The town of Digtersdal in the Eastern Cape was terrorised by a serial killer 13 years ago, targeting boys from five to 15 years old. The murders suddenly stopped, but the murderer was never caught. The town was broken.
Werner Malan's plans for the development of Digtersdal into a holiday paradise collapsed and he lost a fortune. The construction of a tourist town that would compete with neighbouring Sonstad were stopped and the entrance gate that was erected became faded and worn, like a giant tombstone in remembrance of the tragedy that descended upon the town.
Now, 13 years later, the town is determined to exorcise the ghosts of the past, led by Werner Malan. He established the Torch Festival, during which visitors are encouraged to invest in his new era development.
Deon Coetzee stars as Werner Malan: businessman, politician and farmer. He is married to Angelique (Catriona Andrew), who comes from a rich English family.
Their son Werner Jnr., who everyone calls Junior (Francois Jacobs), is married to Lara (Amalia Uys), a bruised angel looking for a way out of her stifling marriage. Lara has a 12-year-old son, Jan-Gustav (Niel Slabbert).
Ian Vos (Ludwig Binge) works at an advertising agency in the city. He was 17 years old when his brother, Benjamin, was killed by the serial killer. His mother, Frieda (Wilmien Rossouw), still lives in Digtersdal.
Adam Arendse (Zane Meas) is a political leader and activist and is Keagan's (Charl Fleurs) father - a clever boy, although he is a coward.
De Wet (Eric Bouwer) is a detective from Johannesburg and Sonja Landman (Kim Syster) is a television journalist who has big dreams of becoming an investigative journalist.
Gert Neethling (Lieb Bester) is the town drunkard and his wife, Magda (Elsabé Daneel), displays the true meaning of unconditional love.
S'bu Mahlaba (Kagiso Rathebe) is De Wet's colleague, Lusanda Miya (Sibulele Gcilitshana) is the police captain and Deon Prinsloo (Ashley Taylor) is a cynical detective at the local police station.
Other characters include Ds. Els (Morné Visser), the drug dealer Piet "Pille" Taljaart (André Odendaal) and his daughter Esti (Ineke van der Merwe), acting principal Mr. Immelman (Hannes van Wyk), local newspaper editor Marie Fick (Lizz Meiring) and Fezile Grootboom (SK Sambokwe), Werner's foreman.
Spoorloos is an M-Net Original Production based on Daddy Long Legs, a novel by Vernon W. Baumann, and is produced by kykNET and Ochre Moving Pictures. The screenplay was written by Ilse van Hemert, who is a co-director with André Odendaal.
Van Hemert is also the series producer, with Stan Joseph serving as executive producer. The supervising producer for kykNET is Marguerite Albrecht. Van Hemert is the head writer and Willem Grobler a writer, with storyliners Thomas Hall, Vernon W. Baumann, Kaye-Anne Williams and Stiaan Smith.
The series was shot in Cradock in the Karoo and the town and its people serve as the backdrop for the series. Original music is by Brendan Jury.
Season 1 Cast
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Eric Bouwer ... De Wet
Kim Syster ... Sonja Landman (as Kim Lategan)
Amalia Uys ... Lara Malan
Ludwig Binge ... Ian Vos
Zane Meas ... Adam Arendse
Deon Coetzee ... Werner Malan
Lieb Bester ... Gert Neethling
Wilmien Rossouw ... Frieda Vos
Catriona Andrew ... Angelique
Morné Visser ... Ds Els
Elsabé Daneel ... Magda Neethling
Ruan Wessels ... Sebastian
Charl Fleurs ... Keagan Arendse
Ineke van der Merwe ... Esti Taljaart
Recurring / Guests
Hannes van Wyk ... Meneer Immelman
Ashley Taylor ... Adjudant Deon Prinsloo
Sibulele Gcilitshana ... Kaptein Miya
Nikolai Mynhardt ... Sersant Potgieter
Andre Odendaal ... Piet "Pille" Taljaart
Francois Jacobs ... Junior Malan
Lizz Meiring ... Marie Fick
Antoinette Louw ... Petro Els
Natania van Heerden ... Bernice Botha
Vuyisile Pandle ... Col. Mkhize
Kagiso Rathebe ... S'bu Mahlaba
John-Henry Opperman ... IG Lourens
Jeffrey Moss ... Tyrell September
Eloise Clasen ... Stella
Francois Viljoen ... Charl
Dennis Madibo ... Vuyo Maqoma
Craig Gardner ... Bradley
Aiden Wright ... Kleuter Benjamin
Niel Slabbert ... Jan-Gustav Malan
Monde Tom ... Sersant Peterson
SK Sambokwe ... Fezile Grootboom
Siphokazi Stengile ... Beauty Grootboom
Lucky Adams ... Floors
Bettie Lawens ... Lena September
Janre du Toit ... Frikkie Botha
Elsabé van der Merwe ... Dorothy Immelman
Gerhard Greyvenstein ... Opstandige Man
Angus van Wyk ... Buurman
Laurette le Roux ... Doemprofeet
Monique van Straten ... Verslae Vrou
Vernon Douglas ... Skooltuinier
JL van Heerden ... Frans Botha
Amos Nteta ... Koster Johannes
Rosemary Barens ... Hotel-ontvangsdame
Hanlo Moolman ... Kleuter Benjamin
Luan Moolman ... Kleuter Benjamin
Cameron van Wyk (as Camron van Wyk)
Jeanné van den Heever
Ineke van der Merwe
Willem Janse van Rensburg
Zaylene du Plessis