“I have always been fascinated by people who do things out of the norm,” says TV and radio legend Rian van Heerden. “Those who go against the grain and live their lives unapologetically free and the way they want, no matter what other people say or think about them.” Those individuals all have unique stories, and what better way to give them an opportunity to share their life stories than on Rian’s brand-new show called Karakter S1, every Monday on kykNET (DStv 144) at 20:30.
In each episode, Rian sets out to meet these eccentric people through the eyes and experiences of the people in their community – who have a lot to say – and then finally meeting the person face-to-face to hear their side of the story.
Since the show made its debut in April 2021, Rian has rubbed shoulders with a former nudist, a man riding a 3-wheeled motorcycle with a coffin hitched to it, and a wrestling legend who visits schools with his anti-bullying campaigns.
“They all had a story to tell that left me stunned,” says Rian. And that is just the tip of the iceberg compared to what the show still has in store.
People who are different
Like a moth to a flame, Rian has a knack for attracting unique individuals. “For some reason, my path always crosses with people who are different,” says the host. “I then take the time to get to know them better and I am always left feeling blessed by what I have learnt from them,” he adds.
S1 of Karakter will have 13 episodes in total, and Rian is hoping for an S2 renewal… because he already has material. “We are so overwhelmed with content that we can actually go into production for a second season right now. That is how rich South Africa is with interesting people,” Rian reveals.
And speaking of interesting people, viewers can make their way to Catch-Up to feast their eyes on the first 6 episodes of Karakter and meet the characters Rian interviewed, including: