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New on TV today: Sunday 13 October

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 13 Oct 2019
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The Odyssey

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 17h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Adventure

The Odyssey

Explorer Riaan Manser is ready to embark on another bewildering expedition.

Manser, who has tackled several treacherous turfs on his own, is gearing up for a 5,500-kilometre and two-month-long row across the Atlantic Ocean – from The Canary Islands to Barbados.

He won't be doing it solo, however. Instead, he will be signing up a complete stranger – an ordinary South African, but someone with enough guts, drive and sheer determination to survive such a strenuous undertaking.

To find his rowing partner, Manser called upon adventurous South Africans to join him, with more than 15,000 adrenaline-junkies applying for the opportunity.

However, the first person to circumnavigate the coast of Africa and the first person to kayak 5,000-kilometres around Madagascar only had a spot for one individual.

So, the entries had to be whittled down to 10 finalists who will battle it out in a gruelling test of courage through an intense five-day ocean boot camp.

The extreme challenges were created to reveal the power of the ocean to the finalists and push them to their limits physically, emotionally and mentally.

The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges who are not only looking for athletic ability but mental tenacity, self-belief and staying calm under pressure.

The ultimate explorer who has got the guts and grit to partner with Riaan on the extreme expedition will join him in a tiny boat that they will row unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean.
 

Why We Hate

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Documentary Series

Why We Hate

Throughout history, hate and conflict have been part of the human experience.

From horrific extremes such as the Holocaust or the Rwandan genocide, when hate has fueled mass destruction, to everyday incidents like playground bullying or malicious trolling on social media, hate shapes our lives in myriad ways.

And while all humans have the capacity to hate, few understand what sparks it and transforms it into a destructive force.

Executive produced by filmmaking heavyweights Alex Gibney and Steven Spielberg, Why We Hate explores one of humanity's most primal and destructive emotions - hate.

At the heart of this series is the notion that if people begin to understand their own minds, they can find ways to work against hate and keep it from spreading.
 

Beverly's Full House

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 18h35
Genre: Docu-Reality

Beverly's Full House

Beverly's Full House follows what happens when three generations of supermodel Beverly Johnson's family come together under one roof.

Eight one-hour episodes follow Johnson as she steps out of her role as fashion icon and opens her home to her daughter Anansa (a plus-size model), son-in-law David (a former NFL player) and their newborn baby Ava, in an effort to reconnect with her daughter and to help her growing family during a tough economy.

In the series premiere, Beverly is a flurry of nerves and excitement as she prepares for Anansa's arrival.

The move doesn't go as smoothly as planned with tensions soon flaring over Ava's christening, an uncomfortable mattress and a misinterpreted remark.

Beverly and Anansa's relationship is complex and being back under one roof brings up unresolved issues from the past.

The rocky start leaves Anansa and David wondering if moving in was the right decision.
 

World's Youngest Football Boss

Channel: Discovery Family (DStv 136 / StarSat 222)
TX Time: 20h10
Genre: Docu-Reality, Sport

World's Youngest Football Boss

This series follows top flight football club West Ham United's women's team and their 18-year-old managing director Jack Sullivan.

As women's football explodes into the mainstream in the run-up to next summer's World Cup, Jack's dad David Sullivan, one of the richest men in Britain and the joint-chairman of West Ham United, has tasked Jack with transforming the fortunes of the women's team.

Jack's first full-time job since leaving school at 16 sees him bringing together a squad of 18 outspoken, powerful women, overseeing a million-pound budget, and trying to raise the profile of a growing sport often dismissed and derided by male fans.

Just a few months before the start of the season, Jack's got to put together a whole new team capable of cutting it in the Women's Super League.

Bringing in a new coach and players from all over the world, Jack's also juggling the club's budget and overseeing the building of their new training facilities.
 

The Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Challenge

Channel: TLC Entertainment (DStv 135)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Documentary

The Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Challenge

Weddings can be expensive, so a home-made bridal gown saves the pennies and gives a nice, personal touch.

But what fabric to use? Silk? Satin? Toilet paper?

This programme challenges gifted amateur designers to create a wedding gown and headpiece using only toilet paper, glue and tape.

These crafting wizards prepare all year long to debut their toilet paper wedding dress creations in a journey that is both jaw-dropping and hilarious.

A panel of expert judges decides whose creation is the best in each of three categories: Traditional, Modern, and Cultural.

This programme also follows the history of the contest with some surprising peeks behind the scenes.

Which masterpiece will be named 'Best In Show' and win the big cash prize?
 

The Food Files

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 19h20
Genre: Reality, Food

The Food Files

Foodie and health guru Nikki Muller investigates the real health benefits and risks of our favourite foods, exploring each food's origins and dispelling the many myths of nutrition.

With the help of leading scientists, doctors and nutritionists, Nikki demystifies the science, translates the labels, and unravels the processes of food production.

Through a series of fun scientific experiments and taste tests, we discover everything from the real contents of fruit juice and the addictiveness of chocolate to the health benefits of curry and spices.

Fun, informative and engaging, the Food Files will answer all your burning questions about food and help you choose what to eat, and what not to.

 

Actors in this post: Riaan Manser, Beverly Johnson



2 Comments

Tashi
13 Oct 2019 14:53

Why We Hate looks fascinating. Such a relevant topic - the hatred in the world is such a heavy weight to bear. 

Peace and love to everyone reading this. 

TVSA Team
15 Nov 2019 11:32

It's the finale of Why We Hate this Sunday (17 November) and it focuses on Apartheid. This just in from Dsicovery...

"As human beings we all have the ability to love, to be compassionate and to give of ourselves for a greater good. So how do we find ourselves in a world where hatred has become the norm? Whether through social media platforms and to extremes like the Rwandan genocides and Apartheid.

At the heart of this timely series is the notion that if people begin to understand their own minds, they can find ways to work against hate and keep it from spreading.

This final episode explores the Apartheid regime in South Africa, drawing from cutting-edge journalism, deep historical investigations and ground-breaking research in psychology, biology, and neuroscience. The show does not point fingers, but instead the experts weigh in on a forensic level and discuss what it is in our nature that can make these things happen.

To add an authoritative voice, the investigator interviews South African president Cyril Ramaposa and former president FW de Klerk, who speak about the process of bringing peace in South Africa following apartheid."

 


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