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C4 acquires The Cane Field Killings

March 17, 2022

Channel 4 has acquired South African detective drama The Cane Field Killings, starring Kim Engelbrecht and Iain Glen. The eight-episode series, which was praised by critics upon its release in South Africa last year, will launch on Channel 4 on April 10th. All episodes become available on All 4 on the same day.

The Cane Field Killings tells the story of a criminal profiler, Reyka Gama (Engelbrecht), who is struggling to comes to terms with her dark past. Having been abducted as a child by farmer Angus Speelman (Iain Glen), Reyka now channels that traumatic experience to enter into the mindset of Africa’s most notorious criminals.  The series follows her investigation into a string of brutal murders committed by a serial killer in the sugar cane fields of Kwa-Zulu-Natal.

Nick Lee, Channel 4’s Head of Acquisitions, said: “The Cane Field Killings is a striking crime drama with a compelling lead character and a deep sense of place. It’s a rarely told South African perspective on a detective story which brings together fascinating historical and contemporary themes and which we’re thrilled to bring to British audiences on Channel 4 and All 4.”

Produced by Serena Cullen for Serena Cullen Productions and Harriet Gavshon for Quizzical Pictures. The Cane Field Killings is a co-production between M-Net and Fremantle and is distributed internationally by Fremantle. The series was created by Rohan Dickson and executive produced by Jan du Plessis, Yolisa Phahle Allan Sperling, Harriet Gavshon and Serena Cullen.

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