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New TV series launched as Agency goes under

By | March 2nd 2009

By Stevens Muendo

A new local TV drama series Siri has been launched. The thrilling show, which has been funded by the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, USaid and PSI, is a compelling story on HIV and Aids that aims at educating the public on behaviour change.

The cast is made up of some of the best actors and actresses in the country such as Irene Kariuki, Diana Kasuku, Edwin Nyutho, Anthony Mwangi, Gilbert Wandera as well as singer Iddi Achieng — who now makes her debut in the acting scene.

The series, which will be showing in local TV and translated through vernacular radio stations, goes on air barely two weeks after Kenya’s first ever Mnet sponsored TV show, The Agency, went off air.

Delays and difficulties

After the revelation in this column last week — on how financial difficulties had dogged the production — Mnet has now confirmed that the drama series produced by Sterling Quality Entertainment, has been postponed and will not resume screening on Mnet until further notice.

"This decision has been taken by Mnet in light of production delays and difficulties that have arisen with the delivery of this series.

Under these circumstances, Mnet is assessing the future of the series. Furthermore, Mnet is considering all remedies available to resolve these challenges, including the possible termination of the series," The statement read in part.

"Mnet’s primary objective is to be able to schedule the remainder of the series, The Agency, as soon as it is practically possible," it added.

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