Penguin Films is renowned for outstanding television production in drama, comedy, reality TV and game shows.


Going Up S1 and Going Up Again S2

‘ Going Up ‘ Recorded the highest viewer ratings over all three of the SABC’s channels and was awarded a prize for the Best Programme on SABC TV1. The first multi-lingual, multi-cultural programme to be broadcast by South Africa’s public broadcaster. 26 x 24min. ‘ Going Up Again ‘ Second season recommissioned by SABC 2

Madam & Eve

Madam & Eve is a sitcom based on the popular comic strip characters. The satirical strip takes a humorous look at the unique relationship between two South African women as they reach out to each other - across the kitchen – in the new South Africa. In 2000, Roberta Durrant, adapted the cartoon to a live sitcom for e-TV, South Africa's second free to air channel. It soon became the channel’s top watched local programme, scoring highly across all demographic groups. Its success resulted in the commissioning of a second series. By the second episode, it was again notching up the channel’s highest ratings for a local programme.


STOKVEL is a comedy series set in the vibrant and exciting world of stokvels. The stokvel has been a part of African culture for decades – a place where friends meet for companionship, good times and a social way of saving money. This much loved institution is the dynamic backdrop for the continuing activities of two stokvels in Diepkloof, Soweto.

S’Gudi S’Naysi

The series originally aired on the SABC's old TV2 channel (first five seasons) and CCV-TV channel (final season), from 1986 to 1993. There are 78 half-hour episodes in six seasons. Starring renowned comedian Joe Mafela in his breakout role as S'dumo, a sloppy but lovable lodger, 'Sgudi 'Snaysi' consistently achieved SABC's highest viewing figures, becoming the most popular television series in South Africa. Sharing a house with her widowed aunt Sis' May (Daphney Hlomuka) is her niece Thoko (Thembi Mtshali), a beautiful young aspirant actress. To help make ends meet, Sis' May places an advertisement for a lodger.

Forced Love (Season 2)

In the second series of Forced Love our characters go on a journey that challenges all of their perceptions about love and courage. Their love is tested and its strength proven through adversity. Forced Love is directed by Mandllakhe Yengo and produced by multiple award winning creative producer Roberta Durrant for Penguin Films.

Saints and Sinners (Season I)

Crime, love, corruption, freedom: It’s all centre stage in this riveting new homegrown drama series. The mix of crime and love and corruption and freedom that has come in the wake of the birth of democracy in South Africa takes the spotlight in a brand new, homegrown drama series.


Traffic is an investigative drama/thriller following our central character, Detective Lungi Mlaba (Bonnie Mbuli) who, in the course of a murder investigation, finds her own integrity is severely put to the test.


Treknet is a sitcom set in the world of a small fishing community produced by Penguin Films for kykNET. The comedy is based on the popular comic strip of the same name.
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