Inconceivable is a South African television drama series which revolves around two women who have been best friends since high school and now find themselves at the centre of a circle of thirtysomething friends.
Together, these working professionals face the challenges of demanding careers and the first years of pregnancy and child-rearing - a balancing act that requires all the super-powers they can muster.
Will their friendship be strong enough to withstand life's raging storms, or will their bonds start dissolving at the first signs of nasty weather?
The friends have to deal with problems such as a lingering love affair, a struggle with infertility, fierce competitiveness, even fiercer love and a truly inconceivable act that will change their world.
The series poses the question: What is the price of parenting? And is there any force stronger than a mother's love?
Anel Alexander stars as Marieke Meyer, a qualified gynaecologist with two kids who may just need a little more love and attention from their always-in-crisis-mode mommy.
Marieke's bestie from high school and varsity, Rachel Bishop (played by Carine Rous), is an advocate who specialises in criminal law.
In contrast to Marieke, who is not always in touch with everything that's trendy and fashionable, Rachel is your prototype A-personality. For her, it's perfection at all costs. She is nine months pregnant.
Other characters include:
played by Sisanda Henna
He had started a construction company on the side while studying Business at UCT. He met Busi, who was his tutor before he finally decided to drop out as he felt no need to complete his studies.
Years later, they were married, and he wouldn't mind having children of his own, despite the agreement he has with his wife.
played by Jay Anstey
She is rebellious, comes from a middle-class family, and had a baby at a very young age. Now pregnant with her second baby, unmarried and must cope with a hard-drinking boyfriend Nick.
played by Wayne van Rooyen
He is a Rhodes graduate who aspired to become a novelist but ended up stuck writing for TV. He has never been able to finish his novel even though he claims he is close to being done.
A doting father of two who is married to Marieke.
played by Refilwe Madumo
She is ambitious, driven, blunt, and practical. Busi holds an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering and an LL.B.
Unlike her friends, she has told her husband Sisanda in no uncertain terms that she never wants kids.
played by Craig Jackson
A computer programmer, a stable and loving husband to his wife, Natalie, David is best described as "beige".
He loves Nat passionately but is not that great at showing it, and he will always support her in all her dreams and wishes.
played by Langley Kirkwood
He is a charming, high-powered executive, and works in private equity. He is a devoted husband to Rachel but is secretly terrified that she might leave him.
He is excited to become a father for the first time.
played by Nina Hastie
She is a naturally outgoing person, loves life, food, laughter, and friends.
Natalie works in the restaurant industry and has followed husband David up to Johannesburg for his job but is on her own adventure as she opens up a restaurant in Parktown North named Natalie's.
She has been struggling to fall pregnant and is yearning for a child.
played by Steven John Ward
His life has never been an easy one, and to make ends meet, he works in construction during the day and a bouncer at night.
He was certain life was looking good when he met his girlfriend Tamsin, even if she had a kid with another man. Now, they are pregnant, and Nick's contemplating leaving in-between bouts of drinking.
Inconceivable is an M-Net Original Production created, written and produced by Luke Rous, Josh Rous and Meren Reddy of Rous House Productions.
The head writer is Josh Rous, with storyliners Meren Reddy and Hélène Truter. The music composer is Chris Letcher.
Season 1 Cast
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Anel Alexander ... Marieke Meyer
Carine Rous ... Rachel Bishop
Jay Anstey ... Tamsin Watts
Nina Hastie ... Natalie Steyn
Refilwe Madumo ... Busi Nkosi (as Refilwe Maduma)
Langley Kirkwood ... James Bishop
Sisanda Henna ... Sisanda Nkosi
Steven John Ward ... Nick Ribeiro
Wayne van Rooyen ... Wesley Meyer
Craig Jackson ... David Steyn
Recurring / Guests
Leroy Gopal ... Amandi Banjoko
Adi Glasser ... Rodney
Autumn Marais ... Melissa
Atlanta Marais ... Melissa
Ayanda Sihlahla ... Sister Ntini
El-Kody Langeveldt ... Sam
Joliane van den Heever ... Abigail
Joanica van den Heever ... Abigail
Gaisang Noge ... Cigar Lounge Waitress
Justin Bloem ... Lawyer
Nieke Lombard ... Mother in a Wheelchair
Nolwazi Hadebe ... Nurse 1
Zahra Dad ... Sandton Clinic Nurse
Edrien Erasmus ... Doctor
Jacques Broodryk ... Burly Guy
Lihle Ngubo ... Clinic Nurse
Rose Rathaga ... Marieke's Nurse
Louise Saint-Claire ... Merle
Junior Singo ... Clinic Guard
Kaseran Pillay ... Mr Patel
Cobus Venter ... Mr Botha
Kirsten Mohamed ... Suzie
Natalie van der Merwe ... Shirley
Charlton Japhta ... Lesley
Hugh Becker ... Travel Agent
Jaun de Jager ... Charlie
Peter Schoeman ... Doug
Liza du Plessis ... Cindy
Clifford Hughes ... Drunk Man
Khotso Rammopo ... Detective Shabangu
Kika Smit ... Vase Clerk
Kushyall Singh ... Policeman
Phillip Mngwevu ... Waiter
Vuyelwa Booi ... Tumi Sejeng
Dineo Lusenga ... Anathi
Tumi Moswa ... Thug
Michelle Bradshaw ... Bea
Lawrence Joffe ... Henck
Andre Oberholzer ... Barfly 1
Dirk Joubert ... Barfly 2
Oarabile Mokwatsi ... Lwazi
Paballo Mokwena ... Candy
Asemahle Olifant ... Themba
Euwelia Louw ... Army Clerk
Khanya Greens ... Hostess
Ashley Taylor ... Priest
Eckard Rabe ... Rupert
Niki Seberini ... Dr Webb
Vuyelwa Mpela ... Tumi
Estelle Kriek Venter ... Mrs Groenewald
Paballo Mokwena ... Candy
Jacques Horn ... Man
Rohan Coll ... Gary
Matt Stern ... Foreman
Jordan Shade ... Chef
Kea Mongake ... Thandeka
Ryan Dittman ... Brandon
Alison Hofer ... Mrs Danford
Craig Morris ... Brian
Leiden Colbet ... Female Clerk
Siphiwe Singeni ... High Risk Unit Guard 1
Shadrack Modungoa ... Cemetery Security Guard
Soyiso Ndaba ... Grave Digger 1
Nkosana Samane ... Grave Digger 2
Jeff Jackson ... Male Clerk
Maki Mokhitli ... Detective Rogers
Tshepiso Jeme ... Mpho
Jacques Gombault ... Dirk
Mmane Motaung ... Themba