Kopitiam was a legendary sitcom series that ran before the turn of the millennium and into the early 2000s. More than that however, it painted a familiar scene, a short escape into a world that transcends racial politics, and anything else that’s bad about Malaysian reality, in order to provide feel good entertainment on NTV7. Dominating television screens from 1998 to 2004, the beloved sitcom followed the lives of coffee shop owner Marie (Joanna Bessey), her late father’s two best friends Uncle Chan (Mano Maniam) and Uncle Kong (Tan Jin Chor), hairdresser Steven (Douglas Lim), aspiring actor Jo (Rashid Salleh) and Singaporean lawyer Susan (Lina Teoh).
Kopitiam stars (from left) Melissa Campbell, Charles Roberts, Sharifah Amani, Douglas Lim, Rashid Salleh and Harvinth Skin
Kingsley Warner, General Manager of Vuclip Malaysia said, “We are extremely pleased and humbled to see our Malaysian audiences’ enthusiasm and adoption of our Viu Originals. This inspires us in our journey to continue to strive harder and harder to bring exciting local stories that our audience can relate to and enjoy. Kopitiam was loved by many Malaysians and we realized the opportunity to present it to the newer generation who were not as aware of the iconic series.”
Sharifah Amani plays Alia in the reboot, a newly retrenched millennial who runs the coffee shop.
The reboot, ordered by regional streaming service Viu, establishes a link to past characters such as the bickering odd couple Uncle Kong and Uncle Chan through Tim, who is their grandson. Mano will be making a brief appearance in the 10-part comedy series produced by Motion Content Group and Double Vision. Original cast members Lina Teoh, Joanna Bessey, Mano Maniam, and Tan Jin Chor will also make cameo appearances in the upcoming reboot.