FIFA ball causes drama delay


The scheduled first episode of the brand new local English drama series League of Glory has been delayed as a selection of scenes have had to be reshot because an official FIFA ball was included and this is against broadcasting regulations.

League of Glory, directed by veterans Darryl Roodt and Regardt van den Bergh, will be ready to go on air a week later on Wednesday, 5 May at 19:30. 

Survivor fans will benefit from this change in the programming schedule as M-Net has commissioned Endemol South Africa to produce an additional episode of the local celebrity version of the popular reality show Survivor SA to fill the gap left in the time slot. The fifteenth episode of Survivor South Africa: Santa Carolina will be broadcast a week after the series’ live Reunion Show on Wednesday, 28 April at 19:30.

Helen Smit, M-Net’s Head of Local Content says the channel could easily have filled the slot with an international special or library material, but would rather want to please all those Survivor SA fans who have been begging to see more of the celebrity adventures on the Mozambican island. “The cameras rolled day in and day out on Santa Carolina and we had an estimated 62 000 minutes of footage that were edited into 13 hour long episodes. In the additional episode we’ll show viewers some material which didn’t make the final cut due to time limitations. We’ve been looking for a way to share this footage with our viewers and this is the perfect opportunity!’

The special episode of Survivor South Africa: Santa Carolina, will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, never-before-seen clips and expanded explanations, and one or two surprises. As the producers will be working around the clock to choose the best material for the episode in the next week, M-Net will only be able to release more detailed information about some of the spicy content closer to broadcast.

By the time they watch this episode, Survivor SA fans will also know who this season’s Ultimate Survivor is – TV presenter Ashley Hayden, or exotic dancer GiGi – and how much each of the celebrities earned for their charities. 

The name of the winner will be announced tomorrow night (Wednesday, 21 April) in the 90-minute Reunion show, which will be broadcast live from M-Net’s studios in Randburg.

This season of Survivor South Africa: Santa Carolina had many twists, including introducing the voting public as the ninth jury member.


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