Moments In Time
SABC3 (DStv 193)
Sundays, 19:30 from 11 March
Johannesburg - It’s always nice to get exclusive insights into the lives of some of your favourite celebrities. SABC1’s Moments In Time serves up just that in quite a tasteful way.
Do you recall the shows Nicky Greenwall used to do on e.tv, such as The Close Up and The Showbiz Report? These were always expertly done with a refreshing take on an otherwise very expected genre of television.
This show seems to have that same feeling. In one episode, veteran MC and host of Idols, ProVerb, was featured. In between cutting to the man himself talking about his career, they would cut to his videos and play the ones that really cemented him as one of the best to do it. It’s cool because they play a fair amount of the track before cutting back to him. He would then fill the viewer in on what was happening in his life when he dropped a certain song. Compiling his work from earliest to most recent puts into perspective just how illustrious his time in the limelight has been.
The show also did an interview with the always humble Ziyon of Liquideep fame, venomous Motswako MC Khuli Chana and the ever-elegant Nhlanhla Nciza of Mafikizolo. The production value of the show is a high note – care was taken when compiling and filming this show and it’s evident. Allowing for the guests on the show to provide commentary on their own lives is a simple and effective move.
One suggestion is that having more than just a simple shot of the guests seated in front of the camera would boost the aesthetic. Accompany the featured artist to the place where they birthed the idea for a certain song or have them meet with the person who may have been the inspiration for it and have a brief chat with them too. These are minor steps that would only aid what is already a winning formula. Light, enjoyable and rather informative.
This show will be repeated on SABC3, which is almost a better fit; it has that Top Billing feel about it. Having had it on SABC1 hopefully encouraged other shows in this genre on this channel to step up their delivery a bit.
(Photo: Supplied/City Press)