New on TV today: Friday 6 September

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 06 Sep 2019
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The Spy

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Drama, Thriller

The Spy

The Spy is inspired by the real-life story of former Mossad agent, Eli Cohen, who successfully goes undercover in Syria in the early 1960s.

Cohen becomes close enough to ambitious military leaders and their rich friends to earn a game-changing level of trust about Syria's biggest anti-Israel secret initiatives.

The series stars Sacha Baron Cohen (Da Ali G Show) as Eli Cohen, a man who wants nothing more than to be of service to his country, but he does his job so well that he finds it hard to strip off his double identity.

Noah Emmerich (The Americans) plays Dan Peleg, Eli's Mossad handler who tires to ease his own guilt over the sacrifices Eli makes.

Hadar Ratzon Rotem (Homeland) portrays Eli's wife, Nadia, who is left to raise their family on her own and knows something isn't right about her husband's government job.

Waleed Zuaiter (Colony) plays Amin Al-Hafz, a military officer who thinks he's found the perfect ally in the undercover Cohen.

Horrible Histories Special: The Grisly Great Fire of London

Channel: Da Vinci Learning (StarSat 308)
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: History, Factual, Special, Docu-Drama

Horrible Histories Special: The Grisly Great Fire of London

In 1666, a little fire became a great big fire in London.

When Thomas Farriner burnt the buns in his bakery on Pudding Lane, the fire spread right through the city, burning for over four days and destroying 13,000 houses and 89 churches.

How did the Mayor help put out the fire?

Ross Kemp: Middle East

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 21h30
Genre: Factual

Ross Kemp: Middle East

Ross Kemp journeys to the Middle East where the bitter conflict has cost tens of thousands of lives and forced millions to live in fear and misery.

Ross visits Gaza one year on from Operation Cast Lead, a massive Israeli military assault on the Gaza Strip that saw as many as 1,400 Palestinians die, thousands of homes destroyed, and much of Gaza's infrastructure obliterated.

He then travels to Israel and discovers a country divided, one that is surrounded by enemies and living under the constant fear of rocket attacks and suicide bombs from groups dedicated to its destruction.

Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father 3

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Travel

Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father 3

Jovial comic Jack Whitehall and his stuffy father, Michael, take unusual and amusing trips to foreign lands in an attempt to strengthen their bond.

Now living and working in LA, Jack hopes to convince a reluctant Michael to move to the U.S. by showing him what the American West has to offer.

Ancient Aliens 12

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 18h25
Genre: Documentary Series

Ancient Aliens 12

Ancient Aliens explores the controversial theory that extraterrestrials have been visiting Earth for millions of years.

In the new season, theorists show similarities between ancient structures built on opposite sides of the Earth that could prove to have been constructed or designed by aliens.

From the age of the dinosaurs to ancient Egypt, from early cave drawings to continued mass sightings in the US, each episode gives historic depth to the questions, speculations, provocative controversies, first-hand accounts and grounded theories surrounding this age-old debate.

Did intelligent beings from outer space visit Earth thousands of years ago?

In the Season 12 premiere, "Return to Antarctica": Humans come face to face with the ruins of an ancient advanced civilisation buried beneath the ice.


Channel: eExtra (Openview 105 / DStv 195 / StarSat 489)
TX Time: 21h45
Genre: Drama, Comedy-Drama, Police Procedural


Cross a mystery novelist with a rock star and you would get Nick Castle. He's got Jagger's swagger and James Bond's way with the ladies.

Although the handsome writer seems to have everything - fame, fans and females - he's grown weary of it all. In fact, he's just killed off the legendary character who's sold millions of books for him.

But when a real-world copycat murderer starts staging murder scenes from Nick's novels and NYPD Detective Beckett asks him for help, Nick feels the old blood pumping in his veins again.

Is it the thrill of the chase - or the fact that Beckett is a strikingly beautiful woman?

When Nick's freewheeler detective style clashes with Beckett's conservative approach, the sparks certainly flyleading to both danger and a hint of romance.

Keeping him grounded are his washed-up Broadway diva mother and his quick-witted teenage daughter; his poker playing buddies James Patterson, Sue Grafton, and Stephen King; and his long-suffering ex-wife Gina, who also happens to be his editor.

TVSA Show Page: Castle

Hip-Hop Evolution 3

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Music, Documentary Series

Hip-Hop Evolution 3

Influential MCs, DJs and moguls trace hip-hop's growth from the basements of the Bronx to the top of the charts in this documentary series.

This season, Tupac, Biggie, Lil' Kim and Jay-Z blaze a trail into the '90s as insiders sling the straight-up truth on the culture's most iconic rappers and rhymes.


Actors in this post: Sacha Baron Cohen, Noah Emmerich, Ross Kemp

Shows in this post: Castle


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