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Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 01 Dec 2019
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Around the World by Train with Tony Robinson

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 16h00
Genre: Travel

Around the World by Train with Tony Robinson

Sir Tony Robinson takes a whirlwind journey around the globe, jumping on and off trains to find adventure and face challenges, while exploring the history and culture of each place he visits.

Tony begins by visiting France, Germany and Hungary before heading towards Turkey, which straddles Asia and Europe.

In Paris, he meets up with a friend who explains the finer points of French social etiquette, while in Germany, Tony compares a gentle spin in a replica of the first automobile with an exhilarating blast in the latest Formula 1 car.

He then travels across India and Burma, beginning in Delhi, where he visits one of the city's oldest markets, before taking a ride on the Himalayan Mountain Railway.

He later heads to Thailand, where he emerges from the Chiang Mai train station to find himself amid a Buddhist ceremony in which the town's citizens offer gifts to monks from the local temple, with Tony joining the monks to grasp what their daily life entails.

Crossing the border into Malaysia, he instantly sees echoes of British rule everywhere, before ending in Kuala Lumpur, where he discovers a city of wild contrasts.

He also travels across Australia, visits a vast Outback farm where herding is done by helicopter and learns about the uncertain future facing the Great Barrier Reef.
 

The Amazing Race 31

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 18h00
Genre: Reality Competition

The Amazing Race 31

The Amazing Race sends 11 teams on a trek around the world. Each Team is comprised of two people who have a pre-existing relationship with one another.

At every destination, each Team competes in a series of challenges - some mental and some physical - and when the tasks have been completed, they learn their next destination.

Teams who are farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning at least $1-million.

This season is the first reality showdown among some of the most memorable and competitive players from The Amazing Race, Survivor and Big Brother.

Racers, Castaways and Houseguests will not only compete for the cash prize but for bragging rights for their respective shows.

Will the former Racers' travel experience be the most helpful?

Will the former Survivors' outwit, outplay and outlast the competition?

Or, will the Big Brother players' abilities to adapt and expect the unexpected make the difference?

WARNING: two of the Survivor contestants are from the current season on SABC3 (Millennials vs. Gen X). If you are watching that, you might get spoiled.
 

It's Your Fault I'm Fat

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

It's Your Fault I'm Fat

Obesity is a serious problem in the UK, and with over three million British kids obese or overweight, could their family be responsible for their unhealthy size?

This series follows six supersized teens confronting their parents to give them some hard truths, as they seek to take back control of their weight.

Each episode focuses on a family as they come face-to-face with the truth about their obesity.

Behind each story is a key motivation for wanting to lose weight; from wearing their dream prom dress, to showing their beach body on their first foreign holiday or even just having the confidence to leave the house.

But the kids aren't doing this alone; they're taking the whole family with them on their weight-loss journey.

It's an emotional rollercoaster as the families share their highs and lows, from late night sneaky fridge raids to rows with their parents as the effects of reducing their calories kick in.

Can they give up the burgers - and the blame - for a brighter, healthier future?
 

The Carmichael Show 2

Channel: e.tv
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Comedy

The Carmichael Show 2

Inspired by the life of comedian Jerrod Carmichael, the series follows Jerrod and his opinionated North Carolina family as they navigate topics that all families face today in America.

Jerrod often finds himself debating such issues with his old-school father, Joe; his devoutly religious mother, Cynthia; his progressive live-in girlfriend, Maxine; his recently separated brother, Bobby; and Bobby's estranged and outspoken wife, Nekeisha).

And somewhere in the middle of all of their disagreeing is the heart of this family.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Everybody Cheats": When Cynthia sees her Reverend with someone who is not his wife, the family comes together to discuss cheating and consequences.

Jerrod is shocked when this family discussion reveals that Maxine is no stranger to infidelity...

TVSA Show Page: The Carmichael Show 2
 

Ballers 5

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Comedy-Drama, Sport

Ballers 5

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson stars in Ballers as a retired football superstar trying to reinvent himself as a financial manager for current players in sun-soaked Miami.

This season finds Spencer (Johnson) settling into retirement and reflecting on his past, when an offer that's too good to refuse comes his way and sends him back into the lion's den, this time as a team owner.

In the wake of his split with Spencer, an ambitious Joe gambles aggressively to make Sports X greater than ever with the help of his new partner, Lance.

Meanwhile, Ricky has a startling setback that forces him to consider a new kind of future and tests his physical, mental and emotional resolve; Charles learns that being a general manager means getting your hands dirty; Vernon shifts his focus to his love of professional gaming despite Reggie's wariness; and Jason decides to take his career to the next level.

In the Season 5 premiere, "Protocol is for Losers": While peacefully enjoying retirement and reflecting on his past, Spencer gets a tantalizing offer.

A year after splitting with Spencer, Joe eyes a big swing at Sports X with his new partner, Lance.

Ricky finds himself in hot water with Charles and Vernon considers a life change, much to Reggie's chagrin.

 

Actors in this post: Tony Robinson, Jerrod Carmichael, The Rock

Shows in this post: The Carmichael Show

Channels in this post: BBC Earth, M-Net, e.tv, Vuzu



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