Star-studded drama for TV

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Noah's Ark is the latest lTV drama to boast the crème de la crème of local actors.

Flighting on SABC2 on Tuesdays at 7.30pm, the four-part miniseries dazzles with stars such as Patrick Shai, Nakedi Ribane, Koketso Mojela, Moshidi Motshegwa and Antonio Summerton.

Summerton fans will be chuffed to reconnect with their hero in one of his last acting roles.

The gripping story is about an expert Xhosa doctor who loves his wife and family - but he can't shake the memory of the beautiful Afrikaans girl he once loved 30 years ago.

So when the love child he never knew suddenly turns up in his life the past and present converge in an emotional collision that challenges everything he's ever known.

Can the secret past of a man come back to destroy his present?

The mini drama is a story about the bonds of love that bind a family and the secrets that threaten to destroy it.

In Noah's Ark the struggle has shifted from the political to the personal for our protagonist, Moses Mokoena, a former activist who has since become a successful doctor with a successful wife and over-achieving daughters.

But what shows on the surface doesn't always mirror what lies underneath ...

Noah's Ark is relevant today because it tells the story of how South African families are redefining their lives within an ever-changing, sweet-and-bitter post-apartheid South Africa.

Once the political struggle was won many South African families didn't know how to live in peace. Mokoena and his wife are on the verge of divorce but still love each other.

His two daughters find themselves lost in a new South Africa of seemingly endless opportunities and Noah, his lost son, is in search of an identity.

Through all of this Noah's character is a metaphor of the power of family love and his symbolic ark represents family, starting over, dreams, hopes, the past, the future and, finally, promises.

Issues of grieving, of midlife crises, of hopelessness and of the hope that shines strong through even the darkest times are deeply explored in the mini drama.

It was shot entirely on location last year, taking advantage of digital filmmaking cameras and editing technology to create a naturalistic and sophisticated film look.