Sunday mornings won’t be the same without the weekly Isidingo omnibus, catching up with Barker Haines and the rest of the squad. SABC3 confirmed last week that the long-running soapie has been cancelled.
This comes just a few months after SABC3 cancelled popular lifestyle series, Top Billing.
Isidingo has been on screens for 21 years. The final episode is said to air 12 March 2020.
The statement by the broadcaster said, ‘The decision to decommission Isidingo was informed by a number of factors which include poor audience ratings during the time slot, decline in revenue and poor return on investment. The organisation was faced with no option but to review the performance of all programmes on the channel that are not performing, and to ensure that the channel’s content is competitive and commercially viable.’
— SABC (@SABCPortal) November 29, 2019
Isidingo had many iconic moments and characters, from Michelle Botes’ villainous Cherel de Villiers to the very real storylines about LGBTQ couples and HIV that was way ahead of the curve.
Cry along with me as we reminisce about Isidingo’s iconic moments:
#Isidingo will always be legendary for producing this complex, murderous ambitions we love to hate villain
Cheryl De Villers Haines Le Roux Holmes pic.twitter.com/KOY7LF4wxh
— Bonga Dlulane (@BongaDlulane) November 29, 2019
I will always appreciate Isidingo for how it pushed the queer agenda. It gave us queer representation in a meaningful way and really helped start conversations in our households.
From Steve’s gay wedding to the infamous threesome with Len, Nandipha and Johnny it did the things. pic.twitter.com/mGtiSdurdS
— A writer who doesn’t write (@thelionmutters) November 29, 2019
— Desiree (@Dezicles) November 29, 2019
Further, it is the ONLY SOAPIE in SA that can have a scene in it that covers something that happened in real life within South Africa (24 hrs turn around time).
It’s a those small scenes that make me appreciate the show that much more.#Isidingo
— Khuuuulumankho (@Chulu16) November 29, 2019
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