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New on TV today: Wednesday 5 June

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 05 Jun 2019
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The Last Post

Channel: BBC First (DStv 119)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Period Drama

The Last Post

Jessie Buckley (War and Peace), Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife), Amanda Drew (Broadchurch), Ben Miles (The Crown) and Stephen Campbell Moore (History Boys) star alongside newcomer Jeremy Neumark-Jones in The Last Post, a six-part drama series filmed in Cape Town and set in the swinging Sixties.

Written by BAFTA winner Peter Moffat for BBC One, The Last Post is based on childhood memories, his father's career as an officer in the Royal Military Police and his mother's struggle between being what the army required her to be and what she felt like being.

Set in the shimmering heat of Aden (Yemen), the drama centres on a unit of Royal Military Police officers and their families.

Their job is two-fold: half soldiers and half policemen who face constant insurgency and threat. Danger is everywhere. Hand grenades, mines and sniper attacks are a constant threat.

But life and love must continue.

The Sixties are starting to swing: sexual liberation, polka dot bikinis, new music and prized copies of Vogue have reached the sun loungers of the glamorous BP Club.

As the insurgency takes a real hold and casualties mount it becomes harder for everyone not to start to ask the big questions. What are we doing here? Is it right? Is it right to ask is it right?

As the old established order of the Fifties comes apart who will survive and who will flounder?
 

Harry and Meghan: The First Tour

Channel: ITV Choice (DStv 123)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary

Harry and Meghan: The First Tour

Six months on from their fairytale wedding at Windsor Castle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex set off on their first official Royal Tour.

In this hour-long special, ITV's Royal Editor Chris Ship follows the Royal couple on their epic 16-day trip across the South Pacific, taking in the stunning sights of Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

Kicking off with the Invictus Games in Sydney, the programme takes an in-depth look at issues highlighted by the tour and which lie close to the couples' hearts.

The royal couple received a warm welcome wherever they went and attracted huge crowds, moving many royal fans to tears as they caught a glimpse of their idols.
 

Life on the Line Australia

Channel: Discovery Family (DStv 136 / StarSat 222)
TX Time: 19h20
Genre: Science, Reality

Life on the Line Australia

The laws of physics are absolute, and while we rarely think about them, they govern everything we do. They bind us together, tether us to Earth, and can stop a speeding bullet.

In this series, Todd Sampson explores the fascinating world of physics and is joined by some of Australia's leading physicists to explore these incredible forces.

Along with a top construction and safety team, he conducts a series of astonishing, potentially deadly experiments where he puts his faith in physics to the ultimate test.

Each episode is an epic journey, following the seed of an idea through to a daring experiment that will show physics in action on an incredible scale, and prove that it's one thing to 'believe' in science – and another to trust it with your life.
 

Black Mirror 5

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Technology

Black Mirror 5

Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia leading to an unforgettable – and sometimes unsettling – conclusion.

Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm - a plasma screen; a monitor; a Smartphone – a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st Century existence back at us.

There are three episodes this season:

Smithereens
A cab driver with an agenda becomes the centre of attention on a day that rapidly spirals out of control.

Rachel, Jack and Ashley, Too
A lonely teenager yearns to connect with her favourite pop star - whose charmed existence isn't quite as rosy it appears...

Striking Vipers
Two estranged college friends reunite in later life, triggering a series of events that could alter their lives forever.
 

Taskmaster 2

Channel: BBC Brit (DStv 120)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Game Show, Comedy

Taskmaster 2

Taskmaster Greg Davies and his loyal assistant Alex Horne return with a multitude of tricksy tests and some woeful decision making.

This season, five new hyper-competitive comedians fight it out to be crowned Taskmaster Champion.

Amongst the competitors is Jon Richardson, Richard Osman, Joe Wilkinson, Katherine Ryan and Doc Brown, who will compete across five weeks to win each other's actual belongings before one of them topples.

Expect more cheating, blazing arguments and one of the most heart-breaking moments in television history.
 

Snapped: Killer Couples 6

Channel: Crime + Investigation (DStv 170)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: True Crime, Docu-Drama

Snapped: Killer Couples 6

Featuring the true crime stories of America's most dangerous duos, this series takes a deep dive into the turbulent lives these couples led.

Each episode examines the evolution of their relationships and the passion that drove them to commit murder.

Through reenactments and first-hand accounts, each episode tells a story of what ultimately drove them to commit the crime, as well as destroy the lives of those around them.

In the Season 6 premiere, "Stephanie Molino & Coty Young": A hostile living environment between feuding couples leaves two dead and an apartment in flames.
 

Complex Cover

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Music, Documentary Series

Complex Cover

Complex Cover is a video series which reinvents print magazine covers into a multi-platform digital and social media experience.

The aim is to provide a candid look into the lives of the most interesting pop culture figure today with in-depth interviews, behind-the-scenes moments and exclusive content.

In the series premiere, American rapper Vince Staples opens up and shares his secrets in a frank interview.

Find out what went into creating his second album Big Fish Theory, which is a combination of avant-garde, dance and electronic music.

 



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