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Wednesday, July 15, 2015


(Louise Barnes as Miranda Barlow)

The critically and commercially acclaimed swashbuckling adventure series Black Sails is set to take South African television by storm when it premieres on HISTORY®, DStv channel 181, on August 18 at 21h20. It will continue every Tuesday at the same time for eight episodes.

A prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s world-famous novel, Treasure Island, Black Sails is a gritty, adult drama set in the brutal and cut-throat golden age of 18th century piracy.   

Shot on location in Cape Town, the series features a veritable who’s who of South African talent including Sean Cameron Michael (When We Were Black), Louise Barnes (Jozi-H), Fiona Ramsay (Homeland) and many more. The one-hour series follows Stevenson’s infamous and feared pirate, Captain Flint (British actor Toby Stephens) who has a reputation throughout the West Indies as being the most brilliant and feared of all the Golden Age pirates.

Louise Barnes was born in Kwa-Zulu Natal and now lives in Johannesburg. When she graduated with an Honours degree in Drama from the University of the Witwatersrand she had already begun working professionally. While her first love is theatre, film and television work dominated and she became a household name through her roles in various South African daily dramas. Her feature film work includes Hoodlum and Son, Borderline and Surviving Evil. She has also worked on international television productions such as the South African-Canadian co-production Jozi H, the BAFTA® award winning BBC production The Sinking of the Laconia. Married to actor Nick Boraine, she received the South African Film and Television Award In 2013 for Best Actress in a Soap for her work on Scandal.

Black Sails was filmed at Cape Town Film Studios and employed more than 800 extras and crew of which only 30 were not South African.