Beneath the Lies, the much-anticipated Ugandan TV series, is set for a 10pm premiere on Urban TV this Wednesday.
Millions of viewers from Uganda and beyond are expected to tune in for the first episode of the four-season drama that has courted plenty of hype since beginning production earlier this year.
The 30-minute opener is said to have been deliberately packaged to impress and hook the audience to the show that has already been billed as thrilling and intriguing.
“There is one major event in the first episode which sets the basis for the entire show and introduces pretty much all the characters,” said Nana Kagga-Macpherson, the show’s creator and writer.
Speaking to this blog in an exclusive interview yesterday, the Ugandan filmmaker who has previously worked in Hollywood also gushed about her choice of the director and cast.
The series is helmed by award-winning Kenyan filmmaker David Tosh Gitonga, whom Kagga-Macpherson says she admired after watching his globally-acclaimed film Nairobi Half Life.
“To me he is one of the best film directors in Africa, and he is the only one who could understand our vision for this series,” she said, pouring out praise to the show’s cast for being flexible with the Kenyan.
Beneath the Lies features an interesting cast of celebrities, socialites, singers, media personalities and models with little or no acting experience.
They include Cedric Babu, Gaetano Kagwa, Flavia Tumusiime, Natasha Sinayobye, Hellen Lukoma, Daniel Omara, Deedan Muyira, Suzan Nava, Rabadaba and Patrick ‘Salvador’ Idringi among others.
So famous are these people that Gitonga, a star himself, was at first worried about whether they would be able to obey his instructions. But they did.
And Kagga-Macpherson says she can’t help it because celebrities embody the kind of characters she likes to create.
Beneath the Lies revolves around two beautiful girls, Kamali (Flavia) and Kaitesi (Sinayobye) who are sold into sex slavery at a young age.
Their quest to discover their true identity and purpose in life is entangled in a web of controversies including lust, betrayal, corruption and drug use among others.
Kagga-Macpherson, co-producing the series with Cedric Babu under their respective companies, Savannah Moon and Kinetic Management, says the story was inspired by a real life character she knows well.
“I know a girl who was sexually abused as a child, and by the time she was ten her sex life was quite unbelievable,” she said of the story behind the show that will be showing weekly on Urban TV.
Given the series’ mature themes and content, it has been given the post-primetime slot of 10-11pm every Wednesday with a repeat on Sunday afternoon. It will also be available on a pay-per-view online channel.
Meanwhile, producers have organized a viewing party to coincide with the series’ long-awaited premiere on Urban TV this Wednesday.
The invite-only red-carpet fete, to be held at Century Cinemax on Acacia Mall in Kampala, is expected to attract over 400 guests including celebrities, government officials and film industry personalities.
The purpose of the show, which opens with a cocktail at 6pm and will spill into an after party at a top city bar, is to give fans an opportunity to mingle with the series’ cast and crew.
There will also be screening of an extensive behind-the-scenes documentary before real-time viewing of the series’ first episode on the cinema’s gigantic screens.