South African sci-fi/ paranormal series Room 9 hits UK screens

Room 9, one of South Africa’s most talked about detective series, has its UK premiere on The Africa Channel on Monday 8 July at 9pm.

Room 9UK Fans of all things occult, sci-fi and paranormal should prepare to get hooked by Africa’s answer to The X-Files, CSI, The Walking Dead and Doctor Who. 

Hit South African drama Room 9 joins the fantastic entertainment line-up of The Africa Channel (Sky 209, Virgin 828) with its UK premiere on Monday 8 July at 9pm.

This 13-part series is set in a post-apocalyptic, divided Pan-African world called ‘The New Azania’ and in a city that could be Johannesburg, Kampala, Nairobi or Lagos. A special undercover division of the NAPD (the New Azanian Police Department) by the name of Room 9 investigates cases of supernatural incidents, ranging from werewolf and tokoloshe attacks, satanic cults and muti murders to occurrences of poltergeists, zombies, aliens and vampires.

The illustrious cast includes Zethu Dlomo as police officer Alice Kunene; David Butler as Detective “Darkness” Gabriel Harkness, head of Room 9; Angela Ludek as Ruby Prins, a blind officer with foresight powers; and UK born Anthony Oseyemi (Wild at Heart, Flood, The Bill) as Solomon Onyegu, expert on all things related to voodoo.

Series producer Jeremy Nathan (Dv8) wanted to create a genre based drama to rival celebrated US exports, saying, “It is one of the first television series made for African audiences by African filmmakers, set in a science fiction or cyberpunk world. The series is designed as entertainment but rooted in the incredibly rich and diverse African world of myth and legend.”

The series is directed by several profilic South Africans including Darrell Roodt, best known for his feature films Sarafina, Cry the Beloved Country and Yesterday.  According to head writer, writer and director Athos Kyriakides, “Certainly, there has never been a locally produced show in South Africa that has been bold and audacious with its genre influences as Room 9 hopes to be.”