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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
24 November 1986 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Most Savage Warrior of All Time!
Plot:
A historical account on the life of the Zulu king Shaka. Full summary »
User Reviews:
Great innovative series See more (20 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 10 of 12)

Edward Fox ... Lt. Francis Farewell (10 episodes, 1986-1989)

Robert Powell ... Dr. Henry Fynn (10 episodes, 1986-1989)

Trevor Howard ... Lord Charles Somerset (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
Fiona Fullerton ... Elizabeth Farewell (10 episodes, 1986-1989)

Christopher Lee ... Lord Bathurst (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
Henry Cele ... Shaka (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
Dudu Mkhize ... Nandi (10 episodes, 1986-1989)

Roy Dotrice ... George IV (10 episodes, 1986-1989)

Gordon Jackson ... Prof. Bramston (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
Kenneth Griffith ... Zacharias Abrahams (10 episodes, 1986-1989)
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Series Directed by
William C. Faure (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Writing credits
William C. Faure (1 episode, 1986)
Joshua Sinclair (1 episode, 1986)

Series Produced by
Frank Agrama .... associate producer (1 episode, 1986)
Ed Harper .... producer (1 episode, 1986)
Leon Rautenbach .... executive producer (1 episode, 1986)

Joshua Sinclair .... associate producer (unknown episodes, 1986)
 
Series Original Music by
David Pollecutt (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Cinematography by
Alec Mills (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Film Editing by
Steve Sandrock (1 episode, 1986)
Anthony Shaw (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Casting by
Peter J. Elliott (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Production Design by
Hans Nel (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Costume Design by
Valentina Di Palma (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Derrick Bosch .... makeup designer (1 episode, 1986)
Ramon Gow .... hair stylist: Miss Fullerton (1 episode, 1986)
Desiree Maboea .... assistant makeup artist (1 episode, 1986)
Mary Mhaladi .... assistant makeup artist (1 episode, 1986)
Nick Mngwangi .... assistant makeup artist (1 episode, 1986)
Peter Moyo .... assistant makeup artist (1 episode, 1986)
David Murat .... assistant hair stylist (1 episode, 1986)
Bunty Phillips .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1986)
Timothy Renecké .... assistant hair stylist (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Production Management
Carol Hickson .... unit manager (1 episode, 1986)

Gordon Greaves .... unit manager (unknown episodes)
Zsuzsanna Mills .... unit production manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nigel Bower .... second assistant director (1 episode, 1986)
David Bracknell .... first assistant director (1 episode, 1986)
Dabula Ciliza .... second assistant director (1 episode, 1986)
Ray Corbett .... first assistant director (1 episode, 1986)
James Devis .... second unit director (1 episode, 1986)
Peter J. Elliott .... action director (1 episode, 1986)
Graham Hickson .... first assistant director (1 episode, 1986)
Mark Jaffee .... second assistant director: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Barry Leitch .... first assistant director (1 episode, 1986)
Gavin Mey .... third assistant director: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Zsuzsanna Mills .... second assistant director (1 episode, 1986)
Mark D. West .... second assistant director (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Art Department
Anne-Marie Breytenbach .... props buyer: British scenes (1 episode, 1986)
Mike Fowlie .... property master (1 episode, 1986)
Peter Gordon .... set constructor (1 episode, 1986)
Dankert Guillaume .... assistant art director (1 episode, 1986)
Kingsley Holgate .... collaborator: art direction (1 episode, 1986)
Barry Leitch .... collaborator: art direction (1 episode, 1986)
Ben Madumo .... props assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Paul Matacunias .... stand-by carpenter (1 episode, 1986)
Andrew May .... props buyer (1 episode, 1986)
John Rosewarne .... set constructor (1 episode, 1986)
Nick Saint Clair .... set dresser (1 episode, 1986)
Hans van der Vegte .... assistant art director (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Sound Department
Leith Ridley .... foley artist (9 episodes, 1986-1989)
 
Series Special Effects by
Paul Ballinger .... special effects (1 episode, 1986)
Roger Gaisford .... special effects assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Geoff Hill .... special effects assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Roy Taylor .... special effects: Kwa-Bulawayo fire (1 episode, 1986)
Cecil Zulu .... special effects assistant (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Chris Wallace .... colourist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Soli Mhlongo .... stunt assistant (1 episode, 1986)

Peter J. Elliott .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Gavin Armstrong .... assistant camera: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Kobus Botha .... camera operator: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Russel Bowden .... grip: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Michael Alan Brierley .... assistant camera: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Anthony Busbridge .... camera operator (1 episode, 1986)
Thadeu Dludla .... grip assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Glen Donaldson .... assistant camera: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Dave Dunn-Yarker .... camera operator: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Frank Elliott .... focus puller (1 episode, 1986)
Glen Feek .... grip assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Hermann Fick .... electrician (1 episode, 1986)
Gavin Horne .... chief grip (1 episode, 1986)
Petrus Khangale .... electrician (1 episode, 1986)
Mark Larkin .... assistant camera: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Solly Maloi .... electrician (1 episode, 1986)
Jacob Mashiane .... electrician (1 episode, 1986)
Shadrack Mathebethi .... electrician (1 episode, 1986)
Vincent Mkhaliphi .... electrician (1 episode, 1986)
Chris Molefe .... assistant camera (1 episode, 1986)
Benjamin Mosemago .... electrician (1 episode, 1986)
Steven Mosia .... electrician (1 episode, 1986)
Jeffrey Ngubane .... electrician (1 episode, 1986)
Mischak Ntshingila .... electrician (1 episode, 1986)
Paul Otten .... assistant camera: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Peter Palmér .... assistant camera: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Gilbert Reid .... clapper loader (1 episode, 1986)
Ronnie Fox Rogers .... camera operator: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Elliot Sewape .... best boy (1 episode, 1986)
Nyoni Shezi .... grip assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Sagumisa Sikhakhane .... grip assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Vincent Sikhakhane .... grip assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Emil Wessels .... still photographer (1 episode, 1986)
Robin Wilter .... chief gaffer (1 episode, 1986)
Paul Witte .... assistant camera: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Star Ximba .... grip assistant (1 episode, 1986)

James Devis .... director of photography: second unit (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lionel de Robillard .... wardrobe assistant (1 episode, 1986)
David de Vries .... wardrobe supervisor (1 episode, 1986)
Joanne Harper .... wardrobe supervisor: Bermans & Nathans (1 episode, 1986)
Jeanette Ingham .... head dresses (1 episode, 1986)
Stefan Lourens .... wardrobe assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Solly Mthembu .... wardrobe assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Erica Ndlovu .... wardrobe assistant (1 episode, 1986)
Maria Randope .... wardrobe assistant (1 episode, 1986)
André Viljoen .... wardrobe assistant: Bermans & Nathans (1 episode, 1986)
Kelly Wolhuter .... wardrobe assistant: Bermans & Nathans (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Editorial Department
Sam Dlamini .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1986)
Ettie M. Feldman .... supervising editor (1 episode, 1986)
Simone Kaplan .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1986)
Bill Lenny .... executive editor (1 episode, 1986)
Mary-Anne Marks .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1986)
Oscar Twala .... assistant editor (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Music Department
David Pollecutt .... conductor (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Transportation Department
Jannie Breedt .... transportation manager (1 episode, 1986)
 
Series Other crew
Marguerete Baas .... nurse (1 episode, 1986)
Grant Bushby .... publicist (1 episode, 1986)
Gypsy Chomse .... production secretary (1 episode, 1986)
Maureen Conway .... continuity: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Marlow De Mardt .... continuity (1 episode, 1986)
Peter J. Elliott .... dialogue coach / script editor (1 episode, 1986)
William C. Faure .... script editor (1 episode, 1986)
Mark Ford .... extras management (1 episode, 1986)
Gordon Greaves .... location manager: second unit (1 episode, 1986)
Kenneth Griffith .... script editor (1 episode, 1986)
Robby Guess .... mask maker: Queen Victoria's mask (1 episode, 1986)
Kingsley Holgate .... extras management (1 episode, 1986)
Patrick Kaye .... dog handler (1 episode, 1986)
Johan Kruger .... assistant accountant (1 episode, 1986)
Barry Leitch .... cultural advisor / script editor (1 episode, 1986)
Gavin Lyle .... extras management (1 episode, 1986)
Leigh McLean .... assistant: producers (1 episode, 1986)
Alan McLoughlin .... legal advisor (1 episode, 1986)
Stevenson Mnyombolo .... continuity assistant (1 episode, 1986)
C.T. Msimang .... translator: Zulu (1 episode, 1986)
B.B. Ndelu .... cultural advisor (1 episode, 1986)
Gill Quann .... horse handler (1 episode, 1986)
Fergus Upfold .... location manager / logistics (1 episode, 1986)
May Venter .... production secretary (1 episode, 1986)
 

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300 min | 450 min (original version)
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Trivia:
Based on Joshua Sinclairs novel "Shaka Zulu", which is based on Zulu oral tradition.See more »
Quotes:
Mudli:[Shaka has interrupted Sigujana's coronation ceremony] In the name of that is sacred, leave this kraal now!
Shaka:Does my presence frighten you, Elder? Or is it your guilt that prevents your allegiance?
Mudli:[spits] Your regiments cannot win my allegiance, Shaka. Son of Nandi, Senzagakona kaJama Zulu. The true descendant of Zulu kaMalandela has dictated his choice. I will defend that decision with my life. I will not allow you to defile the divine visions of my tribe. Leave this kraal. NOW!
Shaka:Gujana, kill this man. He has insulted the king.
Mudli:No. If there will be darkness, I pray that the ancestors preserve and protect our tribe and safeguard the past as it was.
Shaka:Nothing will be as it was... ever again.
[to Sigujana]
Shaka:Now kill him.
Shaka:[Sigujana reluctantly kills Mudli with the spear] Gujana, do you acknowledge me as your king?
Sigiyana:[bows to Shaka and wraps his arms around his leg] Yes. Yes Shaka. You are my lord, my master.
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Great innovative series, 1 June 2002
Author: Alex-372 from The Hague, The Netherlands

I think this is, unfortunately, a unique series, showing history at least partially from a Zulu perspective, unlike similar movies like Zulu and Zulu Dawn. These movies show history from the colonialists' side and therefore leave a lot of questions unanswered. What were the political and social dynamics of the creation and rise of the Zulu kingdom? What were social relations and even every day like? This series goes a little way in addressing these topics, only a little, but a lot more than any Western television series or movie before it, which is what makes it unique. It wouldn't be misplaced in any modern (high school) class room. Henry Cele is great as the Zulu king to be, the music is great although basically Western, and the story would put any soap opera to shame. Realism is tops, with all the major African players being South African and it being filmed in South Africa. Where it falls down or slows, is when it goes to the more familiar narrative of the colonials, although Edward Fox is good, as always, as is Robert Powell. The series was of course also very topical, because even though it dealt with a war and struggle 108 years earlier, it was also about a fight for freedom and independence that wasn't won until 13 years ago and that is still in the process of being fulfilled.

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