Toks & Tjops celebrates a decade onscreen

Toks & Tjops celebrates 10 years of sports talk with a special episode on Friday 28 February: surprise guests and big prizes to come!

A proper weekend starts on Friday night when we kick back with a drink and switch over to sports talk programme Toks & Tjops on kykNET (DStv channel 144) or kykNET & kie (145) at 20:00. And the episode on Friday 28 February is extra special as the lovable team is celebrating their 10th year onscreen.

A mystery musician and sporting personality will be joining former Springbok players Toks van der Linde and Breyton Paulse and the Toks & Tjops team – Janina Oberholzer and chef Vaatjie, aka Tommy Dickson. “The guests are a huge surprise,” teases Janina. “But viewers can look forward to hearing our plans to plough back into our communities. And there are nice prizes up for grabs in this episode.”

World Cup wonder

Toks & Tjops had a humble beginning and the talk show was only meant to be broadcast around the 2011 Rugby World Cup. But after the tournament, the programme was so popular that it was greenlit to become a series. The presenting team won viewers’ hearts with their banter around a braai, while they kept the sport talks serious.

Sing, song, sport

Toks & Tjops wouldn’t be the same without famous singers strumming their guitars. Over the years, Bok van Blerk, Theuns Jordaan, Robbie Wessels and many more have made guest appearances. Janina says that having artists there showed viewers a different side to when they perform on stage. “Here they also sit around a fire and kuier and sing.”

Breyton adds that it also showcases the talent of lesser-known artists, “And it gives them an opportunity to cultivate their music and trademarks.” As a case in point, when Pietman Geldenhuys (aka Peter Mitchell) performed on the show in 2014, his rendition of Flower Of Scotland was a hit on social media.

Of course all quips on the show lead back to sport. And even though the focus is on rugby, other sports are also discussed. Janina fondly remembers her starstruck encounter with Olympic swimmer Penny Heyns in 2012. “I was starstruck when she arrived on set. I couldn’t utter a word to her during the whole episode.”

Sizzling steaks

Rugby and braai is a winning combo and here chef Vaatjie plays a big role. Vaatjie reveals that Toks and Breyton have their own favourites from his coals. “Breyton is a steak guy,” says Vaatjie. “But without any frills. He likes it when I prepare steak with white pepper, lemon and braai sauce. Toks loves a good rump steak, medium done with salt and pepper. And he eats it with mustard sauce.”

Vaatjie is going to get creative in the celebratory episode, but he doesn’t want to give too much away. “Viewers must tune in to see what I’m going to prepare,” he teases.

The theme song

To keep the show fresh, a new theme song is introduced annually. Singers like Ampie and Kurt Darren, as well as the group Die Heuwels Fantasties have written and recorded some of the theme songs. This year is no different. “Our 2020 song is in progress,” says Janina. “Singers Appel and Jo Black are still busy writing it and we will release it shortly.” It’ll be a nice way to stretch out the party celebrations.

Toks & Tjops airs on Fridays on kykNET (144) and kykNET & kie (145) at 20:00.

You can also catch-up if you missed these episodes using DStv Catch-up

  • Season 7 episode 1
  • Season 8 episodes 1 & 2
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