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New on TV today: Sunday 7 July

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 07 Jul 2019
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The Republic

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama

The Republic

Revolves around the fictitional president of South Africa - Lufuno Mulaudzi - as she fights the corruption wrought upon the country by her predecessor.

In 2009, when president Kgalema Motlanthe's term in office ended, he was replaced by President Hendrik Mbuli, whose presidency was riddled with corruption and looting of state funds.

Mbuli was fired from government, making way for the party's secretary Lufuno to take the reins as president, leading to a tense political showdown and a story of political smarts and survival.

The series starts with President Mulaudzi having spent the last two years fighting corruption and prosecuting those who benefitted from Mbuli's presidency – including Mbuli himself.

Florence Masebe stars as President Lufuno; Warren Masemola stars as Thabang Manaka, a fallen hero trying to make amends for his past mistakes; while Masasa Mbangeni is Bridget Ranaka, a posh young woman from a rich family in Soshanguve.

The Republic is produced by Tshedza Pictures, who also produce The River and Giyani: Land of Blood.

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TVSA Show Page: The Republic
 

Death in the Bayou: The Jennings 8

Channel: IDx (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series, Docu-Reality

Death in the Bayou: The Jennings 8

Between 2005 and 2009, the bodies of eight young women were found dumped in and around the small town of Jennings, Louisiana.

Although they all knew each other, and their bodies were discovered in very similar circumstances, local police refused to link the deaths.

After more than 10 years, the cases are still unsolved, leaving the community haunted by the question: who killed the Jennings 8?

Tired of waiting for justice, Brittany and Taylor Dubois, sisters of victim Whitnei Dubois, are on a mission to find the truth.

As the stories of Whitnei and the other early victims unfold, friends and family members talk about their lives and their suspicious deaths, revealing a world of secrets and suspects beneath the surface of this small town, exploding to a surprising arrest.
 

Jupiter Revealed

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

Jupiter Revealed

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, BBC Earth is showcasing the historic event with Jupiter Revealed.

Jupiter is a behemoth of a planet. All our solar system's planets, asteroids and comets would fit inside it.

Yet we've known surprisingly little else about our greatest gas giant, until now.

Five years after its launch, Nasa's spacecraft Juno has entered Jupiter's orbit and is making remarkable discoveries.

This programme follows Juno's mission and finally uncovers some of the planet's fascinating hidden secrets.
 

Idols 15

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)
TX Time: 17h30
Genre: Reality Competition, Music

Idols 15

Idols heads into a 15th season as Wannabes, Shower Specialists and The Gifted (oh, and hopefully a few people who can sing) minced to auditions in Pretoria, Bloem, Durbs, Jozi, Polokwane, PE and Cape Town.

Prodigal, proverbial son ProVerb returns as host accompanied by returning judges Unathi uWeepy, Somgaga and that weird guy who seems to think he's Elvis.

The 2019 theme is "Go for Gold". We're hoping Platinum is not out of the question.

In the first episode of the season, the hunt begins in Pretoria along with guest judge Sis Ribs.

TVSA Show Page: Idols 15
 

Slank 4

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 17h30
Genre: Lifestyle, Reality, Food

Slank 4

Four well known South African families are guided by doctors and dieticians to adopt a healthy lifestyle of eating complex carbohydrates and good fats.

The families' eating habits are put under the spotlight at birthday parties, braais with friends, as well as by looking at their lunch boxes.

The author of three cooking books, Iné Reynierse, gives advice on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
 

Cannibal Sharks

Channel: Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182 / StarSat 221)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Wildlife, Nature, Documentary

Cannibal Sharks

Oulls in two of the world's leading shark experts, Dr Mark Meekan and Dr Mike Heithaus, to unpack and analyze the mounting evidence that shark-on-shark attacks happen a lot more than we ever realised.

As the scientists explore what might make a shark turn on its own kind, the show draws on natural history footage layered with graphic imagery to learn about body language, shark senses and more.

Could the very traits that make sharks such instinctive and formidable predators be responsible for a cannibalistic dark side?

The experts also undertake DNA and stomach content analysis of sharks at a suspected shark on shark hotspot off Florida's coast. The findings could reveal how important shark meat is to the diet of Florida's big apex sharks.

The film combines UGC and CGI with eyewitness testimonies, real scientific investigation and stunning natural history, including footage of cannibalism inside the womb.
 

Eyewitness Shark Attack

Channel: Nat Geo Wild (DStv 182 / StarSat 221)
TX Time: 18h45
Genre: Wildlife, Nature, Documentary Series

Eyewitness Shark Attack

Shark attacks caught on video reveal clues to help us understand these finned creatures like never before in thie three-part series.

Prepare for some frightening moments as a great white lunges for a shark researcher, or when a cage diver is horrified when a shark gets stuck in the cage and there is simply no way out.
 

Prince: Kiss the Rain

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

Prince: Kiss the Rain

Few artists are as prolific as Prince.

The king of self-transformation, he made his mark on an entire generation, redefined popular music and reshaped the music industry.

But the enigma of Prince held many untold secrets...

This film is an in-depth look at his incredible career and gets closer to the artist with dramatic reenactments of his life and shocking final moments.

 

Shows in this post: The Republic, Idols



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