Ekstra Medium (Extra Medium) is a South African, Afrikaans-language comedy-drama television series about a man in his thirties who finds himself at a crossroads, which forces him to take stock of himself and his life.
Bertie Heyns is an unpolished diamond on the wrong side of 30. He is supposed to be a grownup, according to society's rules.
But he takes a huge knock when his wife divorces him and suddenly he is left with nothing but the disco ball that used to hang in his man cave.
He ends up sleeping on his sister's couch, making impulsive decisions and meeting unique people on his search for the truth.
To make things worse, he buys a cursed building that a councillor is also interested in. And suddenly it becomes a home for friends, family and strangers.
What he thinks he is looking for, is not what he finds. What he eventually finds, is much more.
We not only get to know Bertie through his crisis, but also his sister and her family, all of whom he includes in his plans.
The series explores family themes from all sides, as well as from different ages. The youngest character is eight and the oldest in his seventies.
And, as is sometimes the case in real life, one doesn't always know who the adult is.
Bertie is not somebody that will make the front pages for his exciting life, but if you look closer you will realise that the ordinary is sometimes more exciting than you think.
Ekstra Medium is one man's search for the perfect cocktail and a life that is at once exciting, colourful and extra medium.
The role of Bertie is played by Wilhelm van der Walt and his sister, Sophia, by Cintaine Schutte.
Others in the cast include Marvin-Lee Beukes as Kevin, Llandi Beeslaar as Kleintjie, Gerben Kamper as Uncle Eddie, Dean Balie as Slappies, Mila Guy as Elke, Amalia Uys as Ingeborg and June van Merch as Grandma Raleigh.
Ekstra Medium is an M-Net Original Production created and written by Beer Adriaanse and Retief Scholtz and co-produced by kykNET and Marche Media.
The producers are Kate Schalk and Jaco Smit; executive producers for Marche Media are Nomfundo Matlala, Jaco Smit, Herman Binge, Roelof Storm, Louis Botha, Albert Geldenhuys and Sonja Roux.
The supervising producer for kykNET is Tina Kruger and the series director is Beer Adriaanse.
Series music is by Le-Roi Nel at Camissa Audio, with additional music by Emile Swiegers.
Season 1 Cast
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Wilhelm van der Walt ... Bertie
Cintaine Schutte ... Sophia
Marvin-Lee Beukes ... Kevin
Llandi Beeslaar ... Kleintjie
Dané Willemse ... Mia
Juan-Christoff Smith ... Ivan
Dean Balie ... Slappies
Ruan Wessels ... Teenage Bertie
Carla Smith ... Teenage Kleintjie
Amalia Uys ... Ingeborg
Quanita Adams ... Debra
Recurring / Guests
Ludwig Binge ... Brad
Gerben Kamper ... Uncle Eddie
Carel Nel ... Dr Rufus
Andahr Cotton ... Dwayne
Lee-Ann van Rooi ... Wanda
Greteli Fincham ... Teenage Sophia
Dean Balie ... Slappies
Mila Guy ... Elke
Hendrik Nieuwoudt ... Mr White (as Hendrik Niewoudt)
Julio Jantjies ... Mr Black
Hein de Vries ... Hansie
Shieefa Hendricks ... Mrs Brown
Eloff Snyman ... Jacques
Michiel Herholdt ... Diaan
Conradie van Heerden ... Peter
Andre Weideman ... Quentin
Beer Adriaanse ... Courier
De Klerk Oelofse ... Constable Bruce
Karli Heine ... Miss Renate
Gielie Hoffman ... Himself
Nina Pretorius ... Ansofie
Laudo Liebenberg ... Pyotr
Len-Barry Simons ... Trendy-Boi_69
Jaco Nothnagel ... Deon AA-Leier
Johnny Nel ... Frikkedinosaur
Storm Opperman ... Frikkedinosaur
Francois Roux ... Frikkedinosaur
Edwin van der Walt ... Claude
June van Merch ... Grandma Raleigh
Marinus Vos ... Gleb
Abdul Colbie ... Massa
Sibabalwe Ngxola ... Pastor
Charles Gallacher ... Mourner
Canya Cruywagen ... Frida
Kim Syster ... Wilhelmina