Orkney Snork Nie
|Orkney Snork Nie|
|Created by||Willie Esterhuizen|
|Starring||Zack du Plessis
|Opening theme||by Nicky Saks|
|Country of origin||South Africa|
|No. of episodes||52|
|Running time||26 minutes per episode|
|Picture format||PAL 576i/p (SDTV)|
|Original run||May 1989 – 1992|
Orkney Snork Nie was a popular Afrikaans sitcom, originally broadcast by the SABC in South Africa between 1989 and 1992. The name translates directly into Orkney Doesn't Snore, but the message being conveyed in Afrikaans is that the town isn't sleepy, there's always something happening. The series was written and directed by Willie Esterhuizen who was also involved in other popular South African series and movies. The series consists of three seasons, with two movies also produced (see below for more details). As of 2006[update], the series is being rebroadcast on the DStv channel KykNet.
The show was based in the mining town of Orkney, near the city of Klerksdorp (and not too far from Johannesburg), and followed the exploits of an Afrikaner family named Van Tonder, a common Afrikaans surname.
The head of the household, Hendrik (played by Zack du Plessis), worked on the mines and his wife, Maggie (Annette Engelbrecht), was a housewife. They had four children (oldest to youngest): Ouboet, Bennie, Hester and Wimpie. Neels (Frank Opperman) was a car mechanic. He and his wife, Yolanda (Sally Campher), had a little baby of their own, named Hendrik after his grandfather. Hester (Clara Joubert) and Wimpie (Anrich Herbst)were both at school. The character of Bennie (Charl van Heyningen) was rarely seen as he first was in the army and later left the town of Ornkey. Wimpie had an on and off relationship with a girl named Sonja (Carien Wandrag), and a best friend named Koert (Rinus van Niekerk).
From time to time other family members, such as grandfathers and grandmothers would stay with the family and cause all sorts of mischief. Later the family also adopted two orphans, a young Afrikaner girl named Riekie (Bernice Du Plessis) and a coloured boy named Neelsie (Eugene Martin).
Esterhuizen had played around with the idea since the early 1980s, but the SABC rejected the proposal for five years claiming it was "in bad taste". The series was finally given the go-ahead in 1987, but only after it was laboriously rewritten several times, and even then the SABC held the view that very few Afrikaners would associate with the series.
In May 1989 the first season of 13 episodes was finally broadcast. It was received extremely well, and led to two more seasons, the second being broadcast from August 1990 and the third and final one starting in April 1992.
The success of the TV series, which occupied a top ten spot on ratings for most of its run and held the number one spot for weeks on end, lead to two movies also being produced. Both were extremely successful at the South African box office.
Although the series was one of South Africa's best loved and most successful series at the time of its original screening, a small but vocal minority were critical of the show. Some of those opposed to it felt that the show contained too many English words and slang, so harming the Afrikaans language. Compared to most modern Afrikaans TV shows, this claim now seems almost laughable.
A second group felt that the presence of Neelsie, the coloured orphan adopted by the family, was inappropriate. It must be remembered that part of the show was broadcast at a time when South Africa was still very much an Apartheid state.
Criticism against the show represented a tiny percentage of viewers though, and it was well received by the vast majority of South Africans.
Season 1 (1989)
The first season contains a total of 13 episodes which were originally broadcast on SABC (TV1).
|Snapshot||Ep #||Title||Original airdate||KykNet airdate|
|1x01||"Bossie Botha se longe"||May 10, 1989||April 7, 2007|
|After Hendrik sees Bossie Botha's lungs in a jar at work, Hendrik decides to quit smoking. Ouboet has trouble putting their new all-in-one cot together. Wimpie and Koert are caught smoking in the garage by Hendrik.|
|1x02||"Wingnuts"||May 17, 1989||April 14, 2007|
|Yollie is in labour but her car's wheels have not yet been replaced by Ouboet. Ouboet also makes an error when he registers his new son’s name. This is baby Hendrikkie's first appearance.|
|1x03||"Die Mynbestuurder se Bal"||May 24, 1989||April 21, 2007|
|Hendrik takes Maggie to a ball. Grandpa feels unwelcome. Maggie, Yolie and Rusty wear gowns made from exactly the same material to the ball. Grandpa picks a fight at the ball. The family receives a letter from Bennie.|
|1x04||"Man Tot Man"||1989||2007|
|1x05||"Rusty Sit en Roes"||1989||2007|
|1x06||"Stink Pap en Stywe Lyne"||1989||2007|
|1x07||"Kwaliteit - Tyd"||1989||2007|
|1x08||"Flaminco en Koffietafel"||1989||2007|
|1x10||"Bennie Kom Huistoe"||1989||2007|
|1x12||"Ouboet En Yolanda Se Trek"||1989||2007|
|Hendrik van Tonder
|Zack du Plessis||Maggie van Tonder
|Ouboet van Tonder
|Frank Opperman||Bennie van Tonder
|Charl van Heyningen|
|Hess van Tonder
|Clara Joubert||Wimpie van Tonder
|Yolanda "Yollie" van Tonder
|Sally Campher||Hendrik "Hendrikkie" van Tonder
|Ruan de Jager|
|Oupa van Tonder
|Jacques Loots||Ouma Gouws
|Dulsie van den Bergh|
|Danie Smuts||Koert Wessels
|Rinus van Niekerk|
|Pierre van Pletzen||Sonja Conradie
|Riekie van Zyl
|Bernice du Plessis||Neelsie van Zyl
|Lerina Erasmus||Hendrik "Hendrikkie" van Tonder
In later years two movies were released based on the television sitcom. Many of the same actors were involved in the movies, though Ouboet was portrayed by Marcel van Heerden in the first one since Frank Opperman was acting in the lead role of another South African series The Big Time. The films were:
- Orkney Snork Nie (Die Movie), tagline "Dis Lekker By Die See" (translation: It's Fun At The Sea), released 1992
- Orkney Snork Nie 2, tagline "Nog 'n Movie" (translation: Another Movie), released 1993
- Riekie was played by Bernice du Plessis is the daughter of Zack du Plessis (Hendrik).
- Anrich Herbst, Carien Wandrag and Rinus van Niekerk all attended Hoërskool Randburg.