Showmax just released the trailer for Tali’s Joburg Diary, the third and funniest part of the first Showmax Original, which was named SA’s Best Comedy at the SAFTAs for two years in a row.
The first episode of Tali’s Joburg Diary will air on Showmax on November 18, 2022. After that, a new episode will air every Friday.
If the trailer is any indication, Tali’s world has changed a lot: After Covid, her credit cards are being declined and her power is being shut off. She has to even think about getting a job. She doesn’t have any other choice but to go back to Jozi. Yes, babies, Tali is going to come home. The cheapest seat. What. Actually.
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As Tali, Julia Anastasopoulos (aka SuzelleDIY) has won the SAFTA for Best Actress in a Comedy for two seasons in a row, and her co-creator and husband, Ari Kruger, has won Best Director for both seasons (tied with Daniel Zimbler for Tali’s Baby Diary).
The first season was about their wedding, and the second was about their pregnancy. The third season, Tali’s Joburg Diary, is about their daughter going to preschool.
“There are so many funny dynamics at play at preschools, from the idea of a class mom to the class WhatsApp group, from art auctions to parent-teacher meetings,” says Julia. “We’ve definitely tapped into that.”
Fans get their first look at Troy Davy as Tali’s son Jayden, Ndoni Khanyile as Little Angels Hyde Park principal Barbara Bhembe, and Naledi Award nominee Sharon Spiegel Wagner as Monique the Beak, the current Class Mom.
As the old proverb goes, “Never work with animals or children”. But fan favourite Glen Biderman-Pam (Rael Rosen) says working with kids wasn’t as bad as he feared. “None of my family have kids. I don’t have kids. So I’ve not spent this much time with children in my life,” he admits. “But it’s been so funny working with kids because they have no idea what’s going on. They don’t even know when we’re rolling. They don’t know what they’re really doing. It’s been fascinating improvising with them, because literally they will say anything. Like, you ask them, ‘What did you do last Thursday?’ And they say, âI went to Australia’ when they clearly didn’t go to Australia because they were at school. Or, âWho pushed Jayden on the swing?’ And they’ll say, âRonaldo,’ and then you have to go with that. And that’s much more creative than what I get from some of my cast mates.”
Anton Taylor is also back. This year, his role as Tali’s long-suffering husband, Darren, got him nominated for a SAFTA for Best Actor. He’s grown a beard and a garden of vegetables this year. “If Lockdown taught me anything, it’s that we need less,” he says in the trailer, much to Tali’s obvious dismay.
Kate Normington, who played Tali’s mom Michelle and won the 2022 SAFTA for Best Supporting Actress, also comes back Â “Let’s face it, Michelle is always having a bit of a midlife crisis but she takes it to an extreme in this season, trying to relive her glory days in musical theatre,” says Kate. “She loves having Tali around because it’s never boring and, you know, in a strange way, Michelle can act out when Tali is around, because she’s basically the child and Michaela and Tali are her parents. It’s hugely dysfunctional, but really good for comedy.”
Kate Pinchuck, who was nominated in the same category as Kate Normington at the SAFTAs as Taryn, is also back, fronting Rael’s new real estate business as his partner now that GoldProp has dissolved. “She’s not very good at it, obviously,” Kate laughs.
Look out for Lucienne Bestall as Tali’s assistant, Ashley, Guy de Lancey as Tali’s father, Les, and Julia’s real-life sister, Stephanie Anastasopoulos, as Tali’s sister, Michaela, as well as Coconut Kelz, who gives Tali a Joburg makeover this season to help her shake off her Cape Town roots.
“When you’ve had a long day,Â TaliÂ is always wonderful,” says Ndoni. “You can’t help but laugh; you can’t help but smile. It’s just so light and fun, with great performances. This season Tali has left Cape Town behind and she’s now in the big city, in the City of Gold. You know things always step up when you get to Joburg. So people should definitely watch this season because it’s all the characters that you love, back for even more craziness. It’s the Tali that you love – just more.
Tali’s Baby Diary won five SAFTAs, including one for Best Comedy, making it one of the most-awarded movies of 2022. You can watch it again on Showmax, along with Tali’s Wedding Diary, until Tali’s Joburg Diary starts on November 18, 2022, with new episodes every Friday.