Rough or Smooth
Rough or Smooth is an adventurous and sophisticated documentary series with a strong travel, food and lifestyle focus. Well known South African TV personalities and old friends, Paul du Toit and Terence Bridgett guide audiences on a journey to some of the most remarkable and eclectic places and show the very different sides to the same destinations.
Both passionate about food, travel and the people and places of Southern Africa, but they live out this shared passion in very different ways. Paul is rough; happiest with barbecue smoke in his eyes and a freshly dived crayfish steaming in kelp. Terence however, as befits the doyenne of the social pages, is smooth, preferring his crustacean served with the requisite Sauvignon Blanc. Southern Africa with its remarkable biodiversity and wide range of cultures served as the perfect location for the show’s first season, in which the Rough or Smooth guides search for interesting places, indulge in indigenous delicacies, interact with locals and partake in the most extreme or sophisticated of activities. Paul has climbed Kilimanjaro, and surfed, dived and canoed all over the world, but for Terence, boutique hotels, back massages, haute couture and fine dining are more his cup of Earl Grey. Paul drags a reluctant Terence through the rough experience while Terence nudges an under-dressed Paul though the finer options available in the same places. They spear mullet in the Kosi Bay fish traps, ski in the Maluti Mountains, drink wine on one of South Africa’s oldest estates, eat cow’s head ‘Soweto style’ and reveal their personal stories as they sing with the Drakensberg Boys Choir and complete the Dusi Canoe Marathon. While Rough or Smooth is first and foremost a documentary, the likeable personalities of the hosts make it playful, quirky and more accessible, creating informative and entertaining television.
Episode 01 — Of Bushveld, Beasts, and Blondes
A trip to Greater Kruger National Park. Paul takes an overdressed Terence on an elephant riding trip, then they go leopard tracking on a game walk and cook hippopotamus potjie.
Episode 02 — Mayhem in the Malutis
Terence and Paul hit the slopes, no not Aspen…but close. It is South Africa’s very own twin village of AFRISKI. Located in the middle of the Lesotho Mountains, Afriski is South Africa’s all round winter wonderland, blanketed by snow.
Episode 03 — Snoek Chic
Just outside Cape Town, nestled between steep mountains and the chilly waters of False Bay, lies picturesque Kalk Bay, where Terence grew up.
Episode 04 — So Where To in Soweto
Paul and Terrence enjoy metropolitan life as experienced in the South Western Township (Soweto) on the outskirts of Johannesburg. It is the biggest day of the year, the historic 16th of June, when the student uprisings of 1976.
Episode 05 — In the Realm of the Rain Queen
Shrieks of terror and excitement echo across a landscape ruled by an African monarchy over 600 years old as Terence and Paul go tubing the rapids of the Letaba river in the far north of South Africa.
Episode 06 — Sun, Sea and Chenin Blanc
Just over an hour’s drive east of Cape Town lies the spectacular Overberg mountain range, blanketed in Fynbos, the richest plant kingdom on earth. But it’s not just a bunch of tree huggers that you’ll find there.
Episode 07 — Swartkop Odyssey, Desert Oddity
Having leapt from a plane in a spectacular skydive into the desert town of Swakopmund (on the central west coast of Namibia), with its distinctly German character, we discover Terence at the luxurious Hansa Hotel and Paul at his usual backpackers.
Episode 08 — Cosy in Kosi Bay
Paul has hippos, palm nut vultures and the largest crocodile population on earth to keep him occupied, while Terence has the tranquillity of the beautiful Kosi Forest Lodge with, of course, the requisite blonde ranger in attendance.
Episode 09 — Peri-Peri Paradise
As Paul and Terence sail around the spectacular Inhaca Island on an 80-foot Catamaran, it’s clear that despite being ravaged by a brutal civil war for 22 years, Mozambique, with its palm trees, tropical climate, unspoilt beaches and warm people is as beautiful and resilient as ever.
Episode 10 — The Cederberg: Mountain Muse
These mountains to the north of Cape Town have inspired man for thousands of years; San rock art, the poetry of C Louis Leipoldt, the paintings of Pierneef.
Episode 11 — The Drakensberg Boys Choir: Music, Mountains, and Memories
The spectacular mountains of South Africa’s interior serve as a backdrop for this Alma-Mater retrospective in which the Rough/Smooth tables are turned!
Episode 12 — Doing The Dusi
A trip to the Kingdom of the Zulu on the east coast of South Africa to participate in a grueling three-day canoe race, the Dusi.
Episode 13 — Elephants, Oysters and Oceans
Our season finale plays out in the seaside forest town of Knysna and nearby Plettenberg Bay on South Africa’s lush Garden Route. The boys have found their happy places.