Reyka S1 Slim BB Desktop 1600x160

What to watch before watching Reyka

07 July 2021
Crime dramas and psychological thrillers for your watch list.
Iain Glen Reyka presser1 embed

It might seem counterintuitive to list a whole bunch of stuff in the same vein as Reyka before watching Reyka. But if astronauts can be in space and still love watching space horror films like Alien and Gravity, we think you’ll love watching these genre gems that set the tone for Reyka.

The Silence of the Lambs
In Reyka, Kim Engelbrecht’s title character, a criminal profiler, seeks out an imprisoned criminal in the form of Angus Speelman, played by Iain Glen. If this sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’re thinking of the relationship between FBI trainee Clarice Starling and serial killer Hannibal Lecter depicted in the 1991 film adaptation of Thomas Harris’s novel The Silence of the Lambs. However, with a pre-existing relationship cemented between Reyka and Speelman, expect a different dynamic. Until we get to watch that dynamic play out, pour yourself a chianti and enjoy Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of The Lambs.

Stream The Silence of the Lambs on Showmax.

This TV series adaptation of The Silence of the Lambs takes its title from its intrepid FBI trainee. Not only does it focus on Clarice Starling in the aftermath of the film’s events, it never even mentions Hannibal Lecter. Why? The rights to Harris’s characters are split between MGM and the Dino De Laurentiis Company, preventing the series from depicting the character or even using his name.

Clarice season 1 ends on Thursday 8 July at 21:30 on M-Net. Catch up on season 1 with DStv using any connected device.

Prodigal Son
The serial killer-cop dynamic appears in this popular crime show too but is a little different because the killer and former FBI profiler in the show are father and son. Played by Michael Sheen and Tom Payne respectively, both their characters are enigmatic, charismatic, and more than a little eccentric, making them great to watch.

Prodigal Son season 2 ends on Wednesday 7 July at 21:30 on M-Net. Catch up on season 2 with DStv using any connected device.

Reyka dips into two genres: crime drama and psychological thriller. The Silence of the Lambs dips into the latter, with Clarice and Prodigal Son offering a little of both. Trackers veers more in the crime drama realm, giving us plenty of action and suspense as we follow a terrorist plot that involves smuggled diamonds and rhinos. It’s a South African series, giving you the chance to support local before tuning into the KZN-set action, suspense, and drama of Reyka.

Stream Trackers on Showmax.

Law & Order: Organized Crime
Falling firmly in the stable of crime drama is this new spin-off in the Law & Order franchise. As one of television’s longest-running series, the Law & Order shows are clearly popular. The new instalment, Law & Order: Organized Crime, focuses on all things mobster and mafioso and we can’t wait for the first episode. The show received its backdoor pilot with the 9th episode of the 22nd season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. You can watch this episode on Wednesday 14 July at 20:45 on Universal TV channel 117, followed by the first episode of Law & Order: Organized Crime on the same night at 21:30 on M-Net channel 101.

Reyka starts Sunday 25 July at 20:00 on M-Net.
Follow the conversation on social media using #ReykaSA.