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e.tv's new soapie Isipho: what it's about and who's in it

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Isipho Teasers on 05 Jun 2019
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The "e" stable of channels has clearly decided to put their money back into their original breadwinner with the debut of another new soapie on e.tv called Isipho.

It debuts on Monday, 1 July at 18h30 and will air Mondays to Thursdays.

As you probably know, e launched the eBella, eExtra and eReality satellite channels over the past two years but none of them have turned out to be headline pullers, with eBella shutting down earlier this year.

e.tv remains the flagship for eMedia Investments (who own the e channels), most recently proving it can pull crowds at 21h30 with Imbewu: The Seed.

Isipho has a much tougher task by taking on SABC1's popular Skeem Saam, which has an audience share of 60.7% in its latest ratings.

This means that 60% of people watching TV at 18h30 on weeknights are tuned into Skeem Saam.

Will you be tuning into Isipho instead?

What you need to know about it

The series stars Nimrod Nkosi as Moses Shezi, a father who unlocks the gifts of others when he desperately tries to change the course of his daughter's life and death.

His mission begins when he has a vision of her death in which he sees four strangers. He knows that they aren't ordinary, that they have a gift.
 
Flash fact: Isipho means gift

This from the official description:

Desperate to change the course of destiny, Moses sets out to find the four strangers. Armed with the goal of honing their gifts, he finds himself opening an academy for the gifted, along with his psychologist wife and a team of teachers in the spiritual arts.

The students come with baggage of their own and Moses and the teachers discover that they not only have to teach the students to harness and control their gifts, but must also guide them to be the best versions of themselves. 


First impressions suggest the series deals with intuition versus an over-active imagination.

How do you know if a feeling is real or if your mind is playing tricks on you?

What does it mean to "know" something? What does it mean to have a gift?

The show is produced by Herbvision Multimedia and The Ntintili Factory - first time producers for e.tv.

The cast includes newcomer Precious Ngidi - who plays Moses' daughter Ntombi) - Saint Seseli (Keeping Score), Sparky Xulu (The Herd, Mfolozi Street), Wandi Chamane (Isibaya), Thobani Nzuza (eHostela), Karabo Maseko (ShizNiz, Craze), newcomer Mbalenhle Mavimbela and Themsie Times (7de Laan).

Keep a lookout for more on the characters.
 

Shows in this post: Isipho

Channels in this post: e.tv



18 Comments

Goku
05 Jun 2019 21:58

We will see

Timone
06 Jun 2019 14:26

Up against Skeem Saam? Good luck to them

Robyn...
12 Jun 2019 16:58

I'll probably watch the repeat, im not gonna swítch on skeem saam. Sorry

Osiosbo
14 Jun 2019 12:27

Skeem saam is my favourite, no need to do any changes

Iceking34
28 Jun 2019 12:30

Hey TVSA team! Any word on July teasers for Isipho and if eps will be uploaded to Youtube after airing? Thnaks :)

TVSA Team
28 Jun 2019 15:23

Hey Iceking34 - hi!

We spoke to e.tv about the teasers yesterday and they still aren't available yet.

We've asked about what's happening online and if there's an omnibus but we've received no feedback so it's looking unlikely. It'll be bizarre if there's no other way of watching, especially with it being up against such tough competition in real time. 

Iceking34
28 Jun 2019 15:30

Thanks for following up anyway you rock! :)

TVSA Team
30 Jun 2019 12:59

Thanks for the kind words Iceking! 

Eastian Magvez
30 Jun 2019 15:48

thanks alot you rock plus big ups

qavile
30 Jun 2019 16:47

I been waiting for etv to create something on 18:30 cz i get bored at dt time so I'll have something to watch. Hope doesn't disappoint

TVSA Team
02 Jul 2019 15:01

A heads-up that it's not on YouTube but on VIU: Isipho: Episode 1 

Iceking34
02 Jul 2019 15:06

Episode 1 is on YouTube now confusingly

TVSA Team
02 Jul 2019 15:21

Thanks Iceking... is it the full episode or a teaser? Some of the soapies on Viu are posting teasers on YouTube but not the full episode.

Iceking34
02 Jul 2019 15:45

Definately the full episode :) here's the link: https://youtu.be/TVNV7Q0DE58

Iceking34
02 Jul 2019 15:45

Definately the full episode :) here's the link: https://youtu.be/TVNV7Q0DE58

TVSA Team
02 Jul 2019 19:27

Thanks... interesting because the video isn't available to us - it says: "The uploader has not made this video available in your country" - it looks like they've cut it off to South Africans so South Africans watch on Viu. Are you located in South Africa? 

Iceking34
02 Jul 2019 20:11

Hey TVSA team no I'm based in the UK so maybe it's to allow viewing for overseas while Viu isn't available here?

TVSA Team
03 Jul 2019 10:31

That's it Iceking - they obviously don't want to lose international audiences like many of the soapies have done since moving to Viu. 


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