New on TV today: Friday 6 December

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 06 Dec 2019
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Sea of Shadows

Channel: National Geographic Channel (DStv 181)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary, Wildlife

Sea of Shadows

From executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, this "enviro-thriller" film focuses on a looming disaster in one of the most spectacular environments on Earth with the intensity of a Hollywood thriller, as a rescue mission unlike any other comes together to combat the extinction of a species.

In the Sea of Cortez, a war is being waged by Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers.

A native species of fish, the totoaba, is being poached at an alarming rate because of a superstitious belief among some in China that their bladders — which cost more per ounce than gold — possess miraculous healing powers.

Nicknamed the "cocaine of the sea", these extremely rare fish have triggered a multimillion-dollar black market that threatens not only their existence, but virtually all marine life in the region — including the endangered whale known as the vaquita.

Set on the troubled streets of the fishing town of San Felipe, in the gleaming metropolis of Mexico City and the deceptively placid waters off the Baja Peninsula, Sea of Shadows goes inside the fight for survival as a team of brilliant scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists and undercover agents put their lives on the line, to save the last remaining vaquita and bring the vicious international crime syndicate to justice.

Glow Up

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

Glow Up

Hosted by Stacey Dooley, this competition series sees 10 aspiring make-up artists battle to be named Britain's next make-up star.

Tested in a range of real-world professional assignments, each week the weakest two MUAs enter the elimination face-off, with series judges Val Garland and Dominic Skinner deciding which one will go home.

The last MUA standing at the end of the series wins a contract assisting some of the world's top make-artists.

In the series premiere, the MUAs face their first professional assignment - a beauty editorial shoot.

This week's guest judge, Lisa Oxenham - the Beauty and Style Director for Marie Claire - challenges the amateur MUAs to produce a bold look which fits with the 'rebellion' brief of her photo shoot.

The next day, the MUAs gather at Glow Up HQ to find out which two were judged to have performed the worst on the Marie Claire shoot.

They start the day in the red 'Face Off' chairs. For these two MUAs, the only way to escape the elimination face-off at the end of the show is to wow the judges in the creative brief and hope another MUA fails to impress and takes their place in the red chair.

This week's creative brief theme sees the MUAs challenged to produce a look based on what beauty means to them.

The MUAs produce some jaw-dropping transformations ranging from a prosthetics-based look that comments on the trend for cosmetic surgery, through to a look based on Kintsugi – the ancient Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with gold.

The judges deliberate over which two MUAs produced the weakest looks before revealing who will take on the first elimination face-off - a make-up skill drill under intense time pressure.

The two MUAs are challenged to produce a perfect black lip on identical twins, before the judges decide who is the first MUA to leave the competition.

How Close Can I Beach? 2

Channel: HGTV (DStv 177)
TX Time: 19h50
Genre: Reality

How Close Can I Beach? 2

Cool ocean breezes, powdery white sands, inviting blue sea... there's nothing quite like living on the water.

In this series, buyers who dream of living near the sand and surf learn that sometimes the ideal house may not be right on the beach.

They tour different homes in the US that offer the beach lifestyle at varying distances to the shore and see the clear differences in space, amenities and views these homes offer.

After carefully considering their options, they'll decide how close to the beach their dream house will be.

From a surf-loving family looking for a home in Florida to a Texas family seeking a beach home after being separated by Hurricane Harvey, each set of homehunters has a unique reason for finding a seaside property.

The big question is, how close to the beach can they get for their money?

Virgin River

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

Virgin River

Searching for a fresh start, a nurse practitioner moves from LA to a remote northern California town and is surprised by what - and who - she finds.

She soon discovers that small-town living isn't quite as simple as she expected and that she must learn to heal herself before she can truly make Virgin River her home.

Best Baker in America 3

Channel: Food Network (DStv 175)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Food

Best Baker in America 3

Nine world-class bakers compete to rise to the top and win a $25,000 cash prize in this lip-smacking competition hosted by Scott Conant.

The series joins bakers from across America as they face a Skills Challenge that tests their mastery of technical skills, followed by a Master Challenge that tests their prowess working with specific flavours and ingredients.

Judges Jason Smith and Marcela Valladolid welcome guest judges to their panel, including baking aficionados Elizabeth Chambers, Nancy Silverton, Sherry Yard and Zac Young.

The competitors create sumptuous versions of classic baked goods for a different theme each episode; from royal baby celebration cakes to molten lava cake to classic French pastries.

Which baker will the judges award the grand prize and the coveted title of Best Baker in America?

Pilgrimage: The Road to Rome

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Docu-Reality, Travel

Pilgrimage: The Road to Rome

After Pilgrimage: The Road to Santiago, eight celebrities are back on the road, but this time they're heading to Rome.

All with differing beliefs and faiths, actors Les Dennis and Lesley Joseph, professional dancer Brendan Cole, comedians Stephen K Amos and Katy Brand, Olympic champion Greg Rutherford, Irish Eurovision Song contest winner Dana and television presenter Mehreen Baig will live as modern day pilgrims.

Donning backpacks and walking boots, they'll stay in basic hostels, sleep in shared dorms, and follow a largely untrodden route with the end goal of reaching Rome.

But how will they react when they receive an extraordinary invitation from the Pope and will this journey of a lifetime change the way they think about themselves and their beliefs?

In the first episode, the intrepid eight arrive in Martigny, Switzerland, and find out for the first time who will be sharing their pilgrim adventure.

They make their way by mountain train to the start of their pilgrimage in Orsieres, high up in the Swiss Alps.

The Via is based on a journey taken to Rome in 990AD by Archbishop Sigeric of Canterbury, which crosses the Alps at 2,500m and goes over the Great St Bernard Pass.

Like Napoleon, his 40,000 strong army and the pilgrims before them, the group also have to make their way up the challenging mountain path.

Fuller House 5

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

Fuller House 5

In this spinoff series of Full House, life can take you into unexpected directions and also back into familiar territory when veterinarian and recently widowed D.J. Tanner-Fuller finds herself living in her childhood home with younger sister and aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner and DJ's lifelong best friend/fellow single mother Kimmy Gibbler.

The women reuniting to help support one another navigate careers, parenting and relationships with the kind of love and humor you can only get from the people you grew up with.

The Tanner childhood house is fuller than ever though with not only DJ's three boys — the awkward 13-year-old Jackson, neurotic 7-year-old Max and baby Tommy Jr. — but also Kimmy's feisty teenage daughter Ramona and Kimmy's not so estranged ex-husband Fernando all under the same roof.

The $100,000 Pyramid 4

Channel: 1Magic (DStv 103)
TX Time: 17h30
Genre: Game Show

The $100,000 Pyramid 4

Michael Strahan is back as host of The $100,000 Pyramid and he's bringing the biggest names in film, TV, sports, entertainment and comedy with him.

Celebrities pair up with contestants from around the USA and square off in games of word association, all with hopes of making it to the winner's circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000.

The Season 4 premiere episode features two games: one with actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell vs. Saturday Night Live's Leslie Jones, followed by actress Cheryl Hines competing against black-ish star Anthony Anderson.


Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show

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

Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show

The Astronomy Club - the first all-black Upright Citizens Brigade troupe - brings their absurd brand of humour to this sketch comedy series.

Using genre storytelling and TV parodies to skewer culture, Astronomy Club takes on everything from dating in the digital age to race relations and gender dynamics.

When Missing Turns to Murder

Channel: CBS Justice (DStv 170)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

When Missing Turns to Murder

250,000 people go missing in the UK every year. Some are found alive, some have taken their own lives and others simply vanish.

But there are vast numbers of cases in the UK where missing person investigations suddenly become the worst thing imaginable.

This series reveals first-hand the impact on families, the police process, and the emotional and investigative shift 'when missing turns to murder'.

Each episode is built around one resolved case - from the moment a family report a loved one missing, to the moment someone is convicted of their murder.

Every case will be told in a present-tense, unfolding manner, seamlessly combining the police process and family emotions as a missing person investigation unfolds, building to the moment it turns into a murder investigation, and then ultimately to the arrest, charge and conviction of a killer.

The Confession Killer

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00, all episodes
Genre: True Crime, Documentary Series

The Confession Killer

During the early '80s, Henry Lee Lucas confessed to hundreds of murders, bringing closure to unsolved cases and grieving families.

Even with no direct evidence linking Lucas to the crime scenes, he stunned authorities with his ability to sketch victims' portraits while citing brutal details of each attack.

Yet journalists and attorneys found impossibilities in Lucas' timeline, and DNA testing started to contradict his internationally-reported claims.

The Confession Killer, a five-part docuseries, explores how the man once called America's most prolific serial killer was really a complex figure entangled in a flawed justice system.



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