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1802: Love Defies Time


1Magic’s new series, 1802 Love Defies Time

18 April 2023
A timeless Xhosa love story is brought to life when Khosi’s fate is decided.
woman in the middle of two men facing her

What if you were about to be married to the man of your dreams, only to discover that there was someone else in another realm who was your true love? This May, 1Magic will premiere a new romantic series, 1802: Love Defies Time, a captivating Xhosa love story that follows two star-crossed lovers as they travel through time in search of their destiny.1802: Love Defies Time is a fascinating series with fantasy and mythology elements. When Khosi (Sikelelwa Vuyeleni) accepts Zuko's proposal of marriage and starts her career as an intern doctor, she believes that her life is just beginning. She doesn't realise that her fate has already been decided. The impossible situation of these two lovers adds to the tension and conflict, making it an exciting story.


"We are thrilled to present 1802: Love Defies Time to our DStv Compact Plus subscribers,”  says Shirley Adonisi, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net. “With its fascinating story, talented cast, and intriguing portrayal of Xhosa culture, this show is bound to capture the imagination of our audience. Our goal is to continue to bring authentic local stories to our viewers and we invite our DStv Premium and Compact Plus subscribers to tune in to follow the love story of Khosi and Melisizwe. We believe that 1802: Love Defies Time will be an amazing addition to our 20:30 (Monday-Wednesday) slot, and we hope our viewers will enjoy this tantalising love story.”


As audiences grow increasingly interested in their roots, 1802: Love Defies Time builds on that desire to watch television content that reflects our audiences' cultural heritage. By travelling back in time, alternate worlds are created that are vastly different from our own and have never been seen on television before. A world filled with casual relationships, parties, shopping, high-end cars, social media addiction, and the never-ending pursuit of money is the world Khosi is familiar with. When Khosi gets pulled back in time to the 1800s, we see a world unlike anything we have ever seen before. It is run by the Jola Royal Family, led by King Jonginamba KaMajola, Melisizwe's father. Here, the king has three wives who live separately in their homesteads. First wife MamCwerha, is a strong, ferocious woman who will do anything to protect her son Longamo, whom she considers the rightful heir. Second wife MamThembu, is King Jonginamba’s favourite, along with their son Melisizwe. MaMpinga is the youngest wife and dislikes getting pulled into family dramas. Her household is filled with daughters and renowned for its dancing and singing. With these complex family dynamics, 1802: Love Defies Time brings a fresh perspective to storytelling, taking viewers on a journey of self-discovery and love through the ages. Can Khosi and Melisizwe's love endure through space and time?


With this compelling romantic series, produced and co-created by Lulu Hela from Hela Media, DStv Compact Plus viewers can look forward to captivating performances by the likes of Thembisa Mdoda-Nxumalo, Prince Grootboom, Motheo Ratikane, Vuyolwethu Ngcukana and Amanda Quwe, to name a few.

Don’t miss the debut season of 1802: Love Defies Time on 1Magic (DStv channel 103) from Monday 1 May at 20:30 CAT.

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