Thursday, February 13, 2014

BREAKING. From Binnelanders, to Binneland - and now back to Binnelanders. kykNET weekday soap changes back to its original name.

The weekday Afrikaans soap Binneland on kykNET (DStv 144) at 18:30 is changing its name back to Binnelanders - the next change in the evolution of the Stark Films produced soap as ever-ongoing as the revolving door of the emergency unit at the fictitious Pretoria hospital.

The soap which originally started out as a half hour, went to an hour, went to M-Net as a simulcast, went English and Afrikaans, changed its name to Binneland, added a legal infusion to the mix, changed its theme song and dropped the vocals, then left M-Net, then went back to a half hour, dropped the English, dropped the law aspect and characters, then redid and readded the theme song vocals, is now also going back to its original name - Binnelanders.

Viewers will see the Binnelanders change - now back to a plurar name, from Monday 17 February.

"The name change co-incides with the vision for the new season of the series: to tell real human stories with beloved and well-known characters and to quicken the soap's heart rate with dynamic, new, young talent," says Elsje Stark, Binnelanders producer.

"It was noticeable how many viewers still referred to the show as Binnelanders when they spoke with me about the characters and stories," says Elsje Stark.

She says Stark Films in conjunction with Afrikaans channel kykNET decided to change the name back from Binneland to Binnelanders.

Brumilda van Rensburg and Amalia Uys have both joined the show as other actors exited the show at the end of 2013.