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Puppet Nation in search of a new broadcasting home

Posted by radio On March - 27 - 2018

Puppet Nation, one of South Africa’s most awarded TV shows, has just won another SEVEN SAFTAS, brining the total over the years to 29. However, the show is now no longer broadcast anywhere in South Africa, meaning that the most respected and loved voices of biting political satire has been silenced. The Puppet Nation team is on the search for a new broadcast home.

 

“Posthumous”Puppet Nation SAFTA Wins “Bittersweet”

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PuppetNation, the show that nobody will put on nationaltelevision, collected 7 SAFTAs at this year’s event, bringing its total overthe years to 29. The awards were for the final season of Puppet Nation which aired on pan-african satellite channel StarSat(StarTimes ch201) in 2017, before they ended their relationship with the showdue to budget cuts. Puppet Nation,which has also earned two International Emmy nominations in recent years, wasnominated for eight awards, winning the trophies for Production Design,Wardrobe, Sound, Cinematography, Scriptwriting, Directing, and Best TV Comedy.

 

 

 

“It’s a show that has been recognisedconsistently since it launched in 2009, both locally and internationally, as astandout comedy show, giving South Africa biting homegrown satire. But sadly,right now, the puppets are in their boxes, and we don’t know when or if they’llbe coming out to play again,” said Executive Producer Thierry Cassuto. Fans ofthe show, like The Nelson Mandela Foundation, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutuand trade union leader Zwelinzima Vavi among others, have consistently spokenout for the show and about the importance of satire and critical comedy in ademocracy like ours. But while the programme has a very large social mediafollowing, it cannot financially survive with a purely online existence.

 

 

“We hope that these awards will remindbroadcasters and sponsors that PuppetNation is high quality television, that it makes viewers – young and old-  think and laugh, and that it deservesa TV home,” Cassuto added.

 

 

In addition, Both Worlds, the company behind Puppet Nation, was nominated for Best Gameshow for the second year in a row for Point of Order – another show which is no longer on air. Host Tumi Morake wasalso nominated as best presenter for the last two years. “Point of Order was another casualty when StarSat were no longerable to afford it,” Cassuto says, “and while we’re delighted that its Afrikaans sister show, Parlement Parlement, isdoing well on kykNET, we’re dying to see Season 5 of Point of Order on a new TV channel soon.” In the meantime, fans can stream the first award-winning  season of Point of Order on Showmax.

 

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