City Press TV review: The Throne
Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
Day and time: Tuesday, 19:00
This drama is set in Magaliesburg and follows the life of a fictional royal family from the region.
The quaint village they rule was established using the gifts of the land, but their tea plantation and way of life is threatened when a big company discovers coal underneath their village and offers them a deal.
The people of the village are ruled by Queen Mosadi Kwena (played by Monnye Kunupi), who I couldn’t get enough of.
A Tswana king from this area suffered a grave betrayal at the hands of his son, so the king passed his power down to one of his daughters and this became a tradition in the village.
We join the story as Queen Mosadi is diagnosed with cancer and must deal with the attempts of some of her council members – who are all men – to force the mining deal to happen, while the prospect of one of her daughters succeeding her is on the horizon.
Princess Kefilwe (Lerato Zah) and Mosetsana Kwena (Tshegofatso Seakgoe) are believable in their roles as the caring daughter and the rebel. When dealing with soap operas or drama, real tears are a must for me, and it was real when these sisters cried on screen.
The legendary Don Mlangeni Nawa plays Prince Moseki Kwena, who left the village for Joburg and became a bigwig BEE type. He wants nothing more than this mining deal to happen as he was promised a finder’s fee by the mine.
His daughter Dipuo (Keke Mphuthi) is third in line to the throne. The pair are hungry for money and power, and they plot and scheme together, which brings us some of the more riveting scenes in the show.
Returning to our screens is Kagiso Modupe of Scandal! fame. In The Throne, he plays the disappointing child of Prince Moseki.
It’s easy to lose sight of an actor’s true talents when they’re locked in the same role for many years, but Modupe is a solid performer.
I love the scenes when the queen is sitting majestically on her throne and her all-male royal council grovels and pleads with her to see “reason”.
Some pretty big names in the acting world make up the council – Jerry Phele, Macks Papo and Moditle Pholo – and all three perform as if they already own a couple of Oscars.
The Throne is effortless entertainment produced by power couple Connie and Shona Ferguson. Together, the pair has helped DStv cultivate a unique style and an identity that involves high production value and quality television.