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New on TV today: Wednesday 21 August

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 21 Aug 2019
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Hyperdrive

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Reality, Motoring, Reality Competition

Hyperdrive

Elite street racers from around the world test their limits in supercharged custom cars on the biggest, baddest automotive obstacle course ever built.

The series is executive produced by Charlize Theron.
 

Catch-22

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Miniseries, Comedy-Drama, Satire

Catch-22

Based on Joseph Heller's novel of the same name, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian, a US Air Force bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him.

But his real problem is not the enemy, but rather his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service.

Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to avoid his military assignments, he'll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule which specifies that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind.

However, a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty.

The cast includes Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, George Clooney and Hugh Laurie.

The six-part series is executive produced by George Clooney.
 

Lone Star Justice

Channel: IDx (DStv 171 / StarSat 223)
TX Time: 21h50
Genre: Docu-Reality, True Crime

Lone Star Justice

On the surface, Smith County may seem like small-town Texas. But with more than their share of murder cases and violent crime, there's a darker side to the county.

Luckily, this East Texas county has a crack detective team with a history of solving major crimes a higher rate than the national average.

The dynamic squad of retired investigators – Sheriff J.B. Smith, Det. Pamela Dunklin and Det. Joe Rasco – navigate the department's most memorable closed cases.

Each member of this crime-fighting trio has skills designed to perfectly complement each other, proving that when it comes to East Texas, if you're going to do the crime, you will do the time.

In the series premiere, "She Had Everything": When student Amanda Anderson's body is found by her younger brother, detectives turn to her friends and family.

Then, a microscopic discovery solves the case.
 

15 Days

Channel: ITV Choice (DStv 123)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama, Miniseries

15 Days

Reversing the traditional investigative narrative, 15 Days is a crime thriller that's not so much a 'whodunnit' but more a 'who's going to do it?'.

In the opening scenes, a young man is shot dead by a member of his close family.

Immediately the story roles back two weeks prior, and we meet four siblings and their families, including the soon-to-be murder victim, as they arrive at an isolated farmhouse.

They are there to scatter their mother's ashes, but this emotional gathering holds a nasty surprise when her will is read.

Over the next 15 days, the family is torn apart by frustrated expectations and adulterous passions, as well as a growing unease about what really happened when their father died in a drowning 'accident' five years earlier.

Dark and devastating secrets return to haunt them all as, one by one, each character becomes a potential suspect, leaving viewers to analyse the clues and reach their own conclusions.

Only when the story reaches what was its beginning do we finally find out the truth.
 

Project Runway 17

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Fashion

Project Runway 17

This season, following the Harvey Weinstein allegations and his company's bankruptcy, the show moved back to Bravo and with it came a host of changes.

The runway has a new design aesthetic and there are additions to the judging panel: supermodel and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss replaces Heidi Klum as host with former Project Runway champion and former winner Christian Siriano as the mentor, replacing Tim Gunn.

ELLE Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia returns as a judge, along with fashion designer Brandon Maxwell and journalist and former Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth.

The new look and feel continues with 16 new designers from across the United States and abroad who will compete for the coveted spot of a lifetime, a chance to show their collection during an exclusive runway show for industry insiders and influencers as well as win the largest cash prize in the show's history.

The all-new runway and workroom are furnished with sewing and embroidery machines by Brother, a glam room for the models outfitted by TRESemmé and Maybelline, along with challenges that embrace the nuances of the fashion industry.

These include flash sales, fast fashion, the inclusion of plus-size models, Instagram, a special Elton John challenge inspired by Paramount Pictures' Rocketman, and more.
 

Pool Kings 7

Channel: Travel Channel (DStv 179)
TX Time: 20h50
Genre: Reality, Home Improvement

Pool Kings 7

When it comes to dream pools, Kelly Caviness and his team of backyard renovation professionals at Caviness Landscape Design in Oklahoma have the expertise to turn them into reality and create extravagant, award-winning oases for their clients.

From cascading waterfalls to show-stopping backyard water parks and mind-blowing infinity pools, the sky is the limit when the guys are on the job.

But no matter the terrain or the obstacles, Kelly and his inventive experts have what it takes to turn a drab and dry backyard into a water wonderland.

In the Season 7 premiere, "Georgia Peach Pool Paradise": A family dreams of building a tropical pool paradise in Georgia.

But hard soil and a complex river design present major challenges for the team.

In the second episode of the weekly double bill, "Vegas Jackpot Swimming Pool": A Las Vegas family hits the jackpot when Paul and Brian design their dream pool.

The guys aim to turn the narrow desert yard into a world of water.
 

Ray Donovan 6

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 21h40
Genre: Drama

Ray Donovan 6

As Season 6 begins, we find Ray (Liev Schreiber) rebuilding his life both personally and professionally in New York City.

After being rescued from a plummet into the East River, his saviour - a cop named Mac (Domenick Lombardozzi) - brings Ray into the fraternity that is the Staten Island Police Department.

While exploring this new world of brotherhood and corruption, Ray finds himself once again working for media mogul Sam Winslow (Susan Sarandon).

Sam has teamed up with New York City mayoral candidate Anita Novak (Lola Glaudini), a partnership that puts Ray at odds with his new friends out in Staten Island.

TVSA Show Page: Ray Donovan 6
 

American Factory

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Documentary

American Factory

This film takes a deep dive into a post-industrial Ohio, where a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant and hires 2,000 blue-collar Americans.

Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.

Barack and Michelle Obama's Higher Ground Productions co-presents this Sundance Film Festival directorial award winner.

 

Shows in this post: Ray Donovan



1 Comment

Tashi
26 Aug 2019 17:08

Started watching Catch-22 at the weekend and it's the bomb! Pun intended 'cos of it being about dropping bombs and finding onsefl in the very centre of war.

Such a brilliant account of the psychology of war, lightened by lots of humour and the crazy tale. 


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