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‘How to Ruin A Christmas’ gets a Sequel on Netflix!

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I do love seeing original South African stories getting their flowers. Last Christmas, Netflix came through with the series ‘How to Ruin Christmas’, a three-part series chronicling the world of two families. The Twalas and the Sellos were the messy, crazy, dysfunctional, funny, adorable and most importantly, relatable. It would be a fresh departure from western frames of what families do on Christmas.

By the time the first season ended,  the most asked question, (after the Zoom favourite, “Can you hear me?) ” had to be, “So what exactly does Khaya have to tell Tumi???” People just HAVE to know what the hunky Khaya has to tell our favourite train-wreck, Tumi, and more importantly, does it mean it’s over for them? And what of the peoples’ favourite sheep, Succulent? Did he really survive the festive season?

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When we created the series, we certainly didn’t think our days would be spent fielding threatening questions, even from our own friends and family, on when these, and other story questions will be answered. Well, thanks to Netflix, we get to put everyone out of their misery, as we get to Ruin Christmas yet again! That’s right; our favourite bunch of colourful characters are back for another season of How to Ruin Christmas.

It’s great seeing African stories getting their flowers on Netflix.

The first season gave the world a taste of our customs and traditions when it comes to weddings and how we, as South Africans, celebrate Christmas. More importantly, we were hopefully able to spread some joy and laughter throughout the globe, on the back of the tough year that was 2020.

Gearing up for another season honestly feels like getting ready to “go home” for Christmas, where you get to see and catch up with your favourite, and messy, family members. And no families are messier than the Sellos and the Twalas, who are now, bound in matrimony. So, it goes without saying that you should expect more drama, laughs, tears and all-around festive season joy in the new season.

We look forward to bringing some of your favourite characters back to life and spreading a little more Christmas cheer this December, in true, Ramaphakela Siblings’ style.

Last Christmas, through the Netflix series ‘How to Ruin Christmas’, South Africans were introduced to two families who immediately became their favourite dysfunctional, not-so-guilty pleasure – The Twalas and the Sellos were the messy, yet relatable onscreen family we never knew we needed!

By the time the first season ended, the most asked question, (after the Zoom favourite, “Can you hear me?) ” had to be, “So what exactly does Khaya have to tell Tumi???” People just HAVE to know what the hunky Khaya has to tell our favourite train-wreck, Tumi, and more importantly, does it mean it’s over for them? And what of the peoples’ favourite sheep, Succulent? Did he really survive the festive season?

When we created the series, we certainly didn’t think our days would be spent fielding threatening questions, even from our own friends and family, on when these, and other story questions will be answered. Well, thanks to Netflix, we get to put everyone out of their misery, as we get to Ruin Christmas yet again! That’s right; our favourite bunch of colourful characters are back for another season of How to Ruin Christmas.

It’s great to know that when Netflix said: “Made by Africans, Watched by the World” they meant it. That ethos has given us the opportunity to create authentically South African characters that we can relate to and tell stories that reflect our realities. In the first season, we were able to give the world a taste of our customs and traditions when it comes to weddings and how we, as South Africans, celebrate Christmas. More importantly, we were hopefully able to spread some joy and laughter throughout the globe, on the back of the tough year that was 2020.

Gearing up for another season honestly feels like getting ready to “go home” for Christmas, where you get to see and catch up with your favourite, and messy, family members. And no families are messier than the Sellos and the Twalas, who are now, bound in matrimony. So, it goes without saying that you should expect more drama, laughs, tears and all-around festive season joy in the new season.

We look forward to bringing some of your favourite characters back to life and spreading a little more Christmas cheer this December, in true, Ramaphakela Siblings’ style.

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Teaser – Loyiso Gola’s Netflix Comedy Special

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Loyiso Gola is a master at his craft.

He’s been at the crest of the South African comedy industry for decades, disrupting conventions and navigating a game notorious for being rough to negotiate. Gola, though, is a beast.

And the fact that he remains one of the country’s most sought-after comedians after decades is wild.

On March 23rd, the award-winning South African stand-up comedian will be seeing the launch of his highly anticipated special, ‘Unlearning’. This will be the first African comedy on Netflix.

READ: WHAT TO WATCH ON NETFLIX IN MARCH

Though with two Emmy nominations to his name, he’s not new to doing big things. In 2013 and 2014 consecutively, Gola was nominated for International Emmy Award for Best Comedy Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola, a satirical news television series he co-created with Kagiso Lediga.

Still, his work is about to be seen in 190 countries around the world.

Unlearning went around the world in 2018, before being brought back to South Africa. In an interview with Expresso, he defined the show as one to “challenge societal norms”.

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First-Look Trailer: Tali’s Baby Diary

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Showmax has debuted the trailer for Tali’s Baby Diary, the long-awaited sequel to Tali’s Wedding Diary.

In the hilarious mockumentary, an unexpected pregnancy forces Tali (Julia Anastasopoulos, aka SuzelleDIY) into a desperate pivot from Insta-influencer to wholesome momfluencer, as Darren (Anton Taylor) and Rael (Glen Biderman-Pam) navigate the choppy waters of the Cape Town property game. But as the nine-month clock ticks down, Tali and the boys are forced to face the bigger questions about life, love and parenthood.

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The first-ever Showmax Original, Tali’s Wedding Diary set a (then) record for the most first-day views on Showmax and was the most awarded comedy at the 2019 SAFTAs, taking home five prizes, including Best Comedy.

“Season 2 is definitely weirder and wilder than Season 1,” says Julia, who is married to co-creator Ari Kruger, the winner of Best Director at the SAFTAs for Tali’s Wedding Diary. ”I joke about the fact that I’m glad that we got married before having a baby because the wedding just becomes so obsolete – it’s so distant in my memory, I can’t believe it was such a big thing in my life. It was just twenty-four hours, and having a baby is a totally different ball game.”

“The biggest takeaway for me becoming a parent was that it is not the way it’s portrayed on social media,” says Julia, who won the SAFTA for Best Actress in a Comedy for her role in Tali’s Wedding Diary. “You’re expecting this very perfect experience, and then you wonder why, why didn’t anyone tell me about this? It’s not as glamorous as it’s made out to be. Seeing Tali grapple with that is part of the comedy that we wanted to bring to the show. Hopefully, people can relate, even though Tali is not like the rest of us – she’s very heightened.”

Having a baby was always going to feed Tali’s crazy. “I mean, it fed my crazy,” Julia laughs.

Exhibit A: Earlier this week, Showmax released their first clip from Tali’s Baby Diary, which shows Tali scoping out potential maternity wards and being just as hard to please as she was with wedding venues in Season 1.

 

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The new two-minute trailer gives fans a glimpse of all their Season 1 favourites, including Lara Toselli (Chin UpSwaaibraai, A Boere-Krismis) as Tali’s frenemy Gabi; two-time Fleur du Cap winner Guy De Lancey (Troy: Fall Of A City, The Pervert Laura) as her dad, Les; and Fleur du Cap Best Actress winner and SAFTA nominee Kate Normington (Those Who Can’t) as her mom, Michelle, who is about to have a midlife crisis at the thought of becoming a grandmother.

The trailer also shows off a host of famous faces new to the series, including Coconut Kelz and Danny K; SAFTA winners Deon Lotz (SkoonheidTrackers), Schalk Bezuidenhout (KanarieHotel) and Siv Ngesi (Knuckle City and the upcoming Showmax Originals Blood Psalms and DAM); and stand-up comics Kate Pinchuck and Nik Rabinowitz; not to mention rising star Shamilla Miller (The Girl From St AgnesBlood & Water).

Produced by Sketchbook Studios, Tali’s Baby Diary premieres with the first four episodes on 26 February, with the final six episodes due on 12 March 2021, first and only on Showmax. It’s perfectly timed for all us South Africans in desperate need of a way to laugh rather than cry.

“As a new mom, you often have to resort to your sense of humour to make it through the day,” says Julia – something that’s probably true for all of us at the moment, caught as we are between the pandemic and the power cuts. “As South Africans, we’re so good at laughing at ourselves, and I think there’s a little bit of Tali Babes in all of us.”

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