Advert

Latest

17 minutes ago
Advert
23 minutes ago
Advert

Most Popular

2 days ago
Advert

'Gossip Girl' Fans Will Love Netflix's New Teen Drama 'Blood And Water'

'Gossip Girl' Fans Will Love Netflix's New Teen Drama 'Blood And Water'

If, like us, you're currently on your umpteenth re-watch of Gossip Girl, then you might want to set your sights on Netflix's upcoming teen drama Blood & Water.

Landing on the streaming service on 20th May, the series looks set to deliver a number of ingredients that defined the hit noughties show, from themes of wealth and identity to a cast of competitive elite students.

Even the maroon private school uniforms are giving us serious Gossip Girl vibes.

Advert

But this isn't Constance Billard School for Girls, and we aren't on the Upper East Side.

Instead, the trailer drops us in Cape Town, where we follow 16-year-old Puleng Khumalo (Ama Qamata) as she joins the imposing Parkhurst College, a prestigious inner-city school for academic overachievers.

This is no ordinary college. Within the grand architecture and landscaped grounds, rich kids run wild.

It soon becomes apparent that Puleng feels like an imposter in her surroundings.

Advert
We follow 16-year-old Puleng Khumalo as she joins the imposing Parkhurst College (Credit: Netfllix)
We follow 16-year-old Puleng Khumalo as she joins the imposing Parkhurst College (Credit: Netfllix)

"Where are you from?" quizzes one student.

"Certainly not from the same places as people around here," replies Puleng.

"Welcome to the jungle," grins the fellow scholar.

Advert

Cut to Puleng forging a friendship with Fikile Bhele (played by Khosi Ngema), who other students refer to as "a genuine influencer."

More Like ThisMore Like This

1 of 6
Entertainment

ITV Announces New Drama From Des and Baptiste Writer

Through Fikile, Puleng has access to a new world of exclusive parties, private member's clubs and pool houses, but at what cost?

"My friends don't even know the real me," Puleng says, at one point. "With Fikile, I have a fresh start."

Even the maroon private school uniforms are giving us serious 'Gossip Girl' vibes (Credit: Netflix)
Even the maroon private school uniforms are giving us serious 'Gossip Girl' vibes (Credit: Netflix)
Advert
Gossip Girl Is Being Taken Off Netflix In December
Entertainment

Gossip Girl Is Being Taken Off Netflix In December

published at9 days ago

What follows is a montage of encounters with the police, steamy romantic moments and Blair and Serena-level cutting dialogue, including the statement that "rich people can't be dodgy."

In another scene, Puleng is warned by a pupil that she should, "Best know her place." Ouch.

Heads up: there's a major plot-twist. Puleng has an ulterior motive.

In the official description of the show, Netflix explain that the lead character has "engineered her transfer to the school to investigate the 17-year-old cold case of the abducted-at-birth older sister she's never met."

Advert

There's a whole lot more at stake than school status and book smarts, then.


"Is it always this hectic?" Puleng asks another student, sitting on the steps of the college.

He nods in reply: "Pretty much."

Netflix, get us to Parkhurst College immediately.

Blood & Water lands on Netflix 20th May.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, TV News, TV Entertainment, Gossip Girl, Netflix

Chosen for YouChosen for You

Sierra Watts: 'Why I Had No Choice But To Give My Baby Up For Adoption'
published at17 minutes ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Tasty

Asda Is Selling A Giant Chocolate And Caramel Eclair That Serves 10 People

published at2 days ago

Mary-Jane Wiltsher

Mary-Jane Wiltsher is a freelance lifestyle and culture journalist. Elsewhere she writes for Stylist, Euronews, PHOENIX and What We Seee.