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Sunday, November 9, 2014


(Shashi Naidoo, Michael de Pinna, Boity Thulo,
Anele Mdoda & Carolyn Steyn)

Four South African celebrities with a passion for a good chinwag have pooled talents for a new talk show on Tuesdays on SABC3 at 20h30. Titled Tongue in Cheek, the 13 part series turns spotlights on witty and highly-opinionated personalities Anele Mdoda, Carolyn Steyn, Shashi Naidoo and Michael de Pinna.

“They will expose everything that’s hot on the tip of their tongues in a way South Africa has never seen. What do they have in common? Not much except their love for gossip and uncanny ability to talk,” says a spokesperson for SABC.

“Topics covered will touch on everything from which celebrities wore what, and who’s dating who, to the latest trends in fashion, health, fitness, lifestyle, entertainment and anything else imaginable. The show is nothing short of a refreshing conversation in which each of the presenters gets to speak their mind. Don’t be fooled, though, they may indulge in idle chatter but at the heart of the discussion exists a theme from which a number of honest and often hard-hitting points arise. With a focus on trending women’s topics, themes can range from weight loss and relationship issues to stress management and corporate gender discrimination.”

It’s not all politically correct, either, caution the presenters. “Nobody is safe. People of South Africa, VIPs and MPs – we’re watching your every move.”

The series is shot before a live audience where each week celebrities and industry experts join the debate and be subjected to heated interrogation when no questions are off limits, making it difficult to save face. Audience members will also be invited to voice their opinions, pose questions and engage in random challenges. The setting is a glamorously-lit intimate lounge setting in which the presenters sit comfortably at a table surrounded by their laid-back audience with a multi-camera rig to capture every moment.

Tongue in Cheek airs every Tuesday on SABC3 at 20h30.