New on TV today: Sunday 23 June

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 23 Jun 2019
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Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact

Channel: Crime + Investigation (DStv 170)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Documentary, Special

Surviving R. Kelly: The Impact

Following the debut of Surviving R. Kelly in February, the Crime and Investigation channel will air the two-hour follow-up special Surviving R Kelly: The Impact, hosted by journalist Soledad O'Brien.

The special highlights the impact the documentary has had on our culture globally, how it has elevated the conversation on sexual violence and what it means to be a survivor.

In the days following the debut of Surviving R. Kelly, vital conversations erupted throughout the USA. Public outcry ensured the survivors would not be ignored and more women came forward with allegations of abuse.

After the debut of the docuseries, the Cook County attorney's office indicted the R&B singer on 10 felony counts of aggravated sexual assault involving four victims and spanning over a decade, ultimately leading to Kelly's arrest.

The special features footage from the docuseries, interviews with journalists, legal experts, non-profit organisations and psychologists to discuss the ongoing story surrounding R. Kelly, including an in-depth look at his now infamous interview with Gayle King and the women who are still standing by his side.

Please note: Crime and Investigation has been opened up to Compact for the airing of the documentary.


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


An eight-part drama starring Richard Gere (descending from the lofty heights of Film for his first TV role), with Helen McCrory, Billy Howle and Sarah Lancashire.

Max (Gere) owns one of the world's most influential media empires. Information is his trade: he holds dark secrets on everyone, and uses his power ruthlessly.

His son Caden (Billy Howle) is the youngest ever editor of Max's prized newspaper, The National Reporter. But Caden is crumbling under the pressure of his father's expectations, numbing his pain with drugs and excess. When Caden suffers a massive stroke, he's left like a helpless child, battling to rebuild his life.

For Kathryn (Helen McCrory) - Max's estranged wife - this is a second chance to be a mother to her son. A respected former journalist from a wealthy British family, she's determined to reconnect with the sensitive boy Max ripped away from her.

As Max and Kathryn fight for the soul of their son, another fight is about to begin. Caden knows secrets that could bring Max's empire crashing down. And Caden's silence can't be bought. This is a fight for family, a fight for truth - a fight for the heart of the nation.

Expedition Mungo

Channel: Real Time (DStv 155)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Wildlife, Nature, Reality

Expedition Mungo

Mungo, known as an adventure cameramen, has traveled to more than 90 countries to capture the world's wild and wonderful - and sometimes hostile - environments.

Mungo now steps in front of the camera to lead you on his own adventures, exploring myth and legends he's heard of during his 20 years traveling the world.

Throughout Mungo's travels, he encountered locals with fascinating, bone-chilling tales of mythical creatures that have been passed down as legend and lore from generation to generation.

Now he leads a trusted team of fellow adventurers to some of the most remote and undiscovered corners of the globe in hopes of separating fact from fiction.

On each quest, Mungo meets with eye witnesses, searching for clues and evidence in hopes of capturing these myths and legends on camera to reveal the truth behind some of the wildest stories and most mysterious animals.

Mungo and his team will travel the globe in search for answers... from Asia to Africa to South America.

Legends include: an unidentified dragon-like reptile terrorising a village in Borneo; a shape-shifting creature that locals in the savanna in Namibia believed to be linked to witchcraft; and a massive lizard in Liberia looking very much like a dinosaur thought to be extinct.

In the series premiere, "Cold Blooded Peruvian Predator": A 150-foot long super snake, the Yacumama has attacked and killed people in Peru. Is there something bigger than an anaconda in the Amazon rainforest?

Flirty Dancing

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Dating Game Show, Reality

Flirty Dancing

In days gone by the dancefloor was the ultimate place to meet your other half.

Recently, technology has put a dent in old fashioned romance. This show is looking to restore the dancefloor desire through one single dance.

Flirty Dancing sees self-confessed romantic Ashley Banjo (who rose to fame as the leader of dance group Diversity on Britain's Got Talent) play Cupid using his skills as a choreographer to bring people together through the art of dance.

Before each unique date, two complete strangers are taught one half of a fully choreographed dance routine which has been tailored to illustrate their personalities and what they want from a prospective partner.

The singles will learn their routine separately so that the first time they meet their match will be a first date like no other.

Set on location, as if they're living in a Hollywood musical, there will be no talking, just a few intense and physical minutes of an ardently choreographed pas de deux.

Once the couples have completed their dance date, they will part still not yet having spoken a word to each other.

But did sparks fly on the dancefloor? Will they want to see each other again or was that their last dance?

Two sets of single people will be paired up per show and Ashley will be with them every step of the way.

Ashley, who himself met his wife through dance, will match the couples using different dance styles meaning it could be a Waltz in Wolverhampton, a Tango in Tenby or even a street dance in Sheffield.

David Bowie: The Man Who Stole the World

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 19h20
Genre: Documentary, Music

David Bowie: The Man Who Stole the World

Known as a musical chameleon, David Bowie was able to flow and adapt his music and style to current fashion and trends.

Prior to his breakthrough in 1972, he recorded a protometal record and a pop/rock album, eventually redefining glam rock with his ambiguously sexy Ziggy Stardust persona.

Each one of his phases in the '70s sparked a number of subgenres, including punk, new wave, goth rock, the new romantics and electronica.

With just two days after his 69th birthday and release of his most poignant album Blackstar, he left his fans with a parting gift that will solidify his already indelible mark in music history.

With exclusive footage and interviews, we look back at his legacy and pay tribute to the life and memories of David Bowie.

Earth From Space

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Documentary, Factual

Earth From Space

Narrated by Oscar-winning actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) comes the latest production from the BBC Studios Natural History Unit.

Epic migration. Shifting seasons. The turning tide. Cameras in space capture natural spectacles on an epic scale and are now so advanced they can track down individual animals and humans.

In Earth From Space, cutting-edge technology tells the story of life on Earth from a brand-new perspective.

Marvel at the dancing neon Northern Lights and the zoom in on herds of elephants searching for water and discover previously unknown colonies of penguins.

With the Earth's surface changing faster than ever before, can the view from space inspire us to look after our unique and fragile home?

In the series premiere, satellites follow an elephant family struggling through drought, reveal previously unknown emperor penguin colonies from the colour of their poo, and discover mysterious ice rings that could put seal pups in danger.

The Planets

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Documentary Series, Factual

The Planets

This series brings to life the most memorable events in the history of the solar system, by using ground-breaking visual effects to tell the thrilling story of all eight planets.

The Planets uses the latest planetary science research to piece together the gripping history of each world.

These are stories of beauty and creation, violence and destruction that reveal the solar system and our place within it to be far more dramatic then we could ever have imagined.

This is drama on a planetary scale, with characters and plot twists newly revealed.

We'll meet the tragic Mars - once a vibrant water world yet destined by a twist of fate to become the barren, cold desert world we see today.

Or the tyrannical Jupiter, which the latest science suggests, wandered through the early solar system using its massive size to create havoc and destruction that could have destroyed the Earth.

All the way out to lonely, mysterious Neptune, the last major planet in the cold remote reaches of the solar system.

But that is far from the end, because all the evidence points to the fact that we do not know our planets as well as we thought we did.

This is an epic story that is still being written and has only just begun.

Goodbye Cassini - Hello Saturn

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Documentary, Factual

Goodbye Cassini - Hello Saturn

A billion miles from home, running low on fuel, and almost out of time.

After 13 years traversing the Saturn system, the spacecraft Cassini is plunging to a fiery death, becoming part of the very planet it has been exploring.

As it embarks on its final assignment - a one-way trip into the heart of Saturn - Horizon celebrates the incredible achievements and discoveries of a mission that has changed the way we see the solar system.

Strange new worlds with gigantic ice geysers, hidden underground oceans that could harbour life and a brand new moon coalescing in Saturn's magnificent rings.

As the world says goodbye to the great explorer Cassini, Horizon will be there for with a ringside seat for its final moments.



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