The award winning TV drama series, Intersexions is back for a second season with more gripping story lines that will further explore often taboo issues on HIV/AIDS love, sex and relationships. The first episode of the 26 part series will launch on Tuesday 12 February 2013 on SABC 1 at 20:30.
"As a channel we are thrilled to bring to our viewers the second season of this popular cutting-edge drama. The first season did very well in terms of delivering the key message of responsibility within relationships. Viewers should look forward to more authentic, insightful and thought-provoking South African stories", says Vukile Madlala, SABC 1, Publicity Manager.
The series will maintain the same format of interlinked episodes but will differ from series one as it shows how that which remains unsaid in our personal and sexual relationships places us at risk of HIV infection.
Intersexions is a collaborative partnership between SABC 1, SABC Education and Johns Hopkins Health and Education in SA (JHHESA). It is produced by Quizzical Pictures and AntS Multimedia with research undertaken by CADRE. The new series is jointly funded by USAID/JHU HIV Communication Programme, PEPFAR and the Department of Trade and Industry.
"Viewers can expect a more daring script than the first series as we have gone back and consulted widely via community dialogues with over 2000 people, inputs from the Intersexions facebook page, focus groups, reviewed studies and media reports on issues relating to love, sex and HIV/AIDS to come up with storylines that are gripping yet real in bringing to the fore society's unspoken issues on relationships," said Richard Delate, Managing Director of JHHESA.
Pontsho Makhetha General Manager SABC Content says, "Expectations are high that the programme will continue to drum home the overarching message of responsible sexual behaviour, HIV testing and TB screening, condom use and reduction of multiple partners."
The cast of the series features over a hundred new actors and actresses. "Some exciting new talent, recruited as part of the Intersexions Open Auditions in August and September 2012 during which over 5000 hopefuls auditioned for the show, will be unveiled for the first time. We are confident that the new talent will breathe new energy into the series," states Harriet Gavshon of Quizzical Pictures.
"What is extraordinary about Intersexions is that we try to use it as a platform to develop new talent on every level. Many of the episode directors are first time directors and the writing team and cast of actors is full of new and fresh faces", said Rolie Nikiwe, the series creative director.