New on TV today: Monday 9 December

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 09 Dec 2019
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Loved Like Crazy

Channel: Lifetime (DStv 131)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Documentary

Loved Like Crazy

Femicide in South Africa is five times the global average. According to police statistics, a woman is murdered every three hours in South Africa.

Studies show that more than half of these are at the hands of an intimate partner. So why don't women just leave?

What this film attempts to show is that leaving an abusive relationship is a process and not an event.

The documentary casts a lens on relationships that sent shock waves across the nation, revisited now for clues that could have forewarned of the danger that lay ahead.

Experts focus on pathologies and patterns of violence that may be helpful in helping understand how the cycle of violence works.

What does it look and feel like? What are the red flags? How does it escalate and when does it become potentially lethal?

The intention of the documentary is also to demystify domestic abuse.

Loved Like Crazy takes you through the phenomenon of trauma bonding, the dangerous ties created by toxic love that trap women in a cycle of abuse.

A woman who knows this cycle well is veteran journalist and author Iman Rappetti, who experienced the co-existence of abuse with love behaviours through her parents and their relationship.

Iman guides us through each stage of the cycle of abuse and helps us see that Reeva, Karabo, Babes and Annelise could be any of us.


TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Police Procedural, Drama


Inspired by true events, APB is a police drama with a high-tech twist.

After billionaire engineer Gideon Reeves (Justin Kirk, Weeds) witnesses his best friend's murder, he takes over Chicago's troubled 13th District and reboots it as a private police force, challenging the district to rethink everything about the way they fight crime.

Gideon knows if he's going to change anything, he'll need help, which he finds from Detective Theresa Murphy (Natalie Martinez, Under the Dome), an ambitious, street-smart cop who is willing to give Gideon's technological ideas a chance.

After Gideon launches the APB app, allowing citizens to immediately alert the police of a crime, downloads of the app spike, and Gideon realises his work is just beginning.

Fix It and Finish It 2

Channel: The Home Channel (DStv 176)
TX Time: 14h30
Genre: Reality Makeover, Home Improvement

Fix It and Finish It 2

Antonio Sabato Jr. travels to different locations, surprising lucky homeowners and helping to "fix and finish" their homes.

Whether it's a living room, bedroom, dining room, deck or even restoring a beat up old RV, Antonio and his team are ready to tackle it all... in one day.

To pull this off, Antonio has enlisted the help of designers to help him create the perfect space for our homeowners.

Each designer will bring in all the necessary specialists and subcontractors to create the perfect space for the unsuspecting and deserving family.

Soviet Storm: World War II in the East 2

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

Soviet Storm: World War II in the East 2

An epic television history of the Second World War's Eastern Front, giving an unprecedented Russian perspective on the war's most decisive and bloody theatre.

This was a conflict of staggering scale and savagery. Four out of five German soldiers killed in World War Two died on the Eastern Front.

The Red Army suffered 10 times as many deaths as the Western Allies combined. The total dead on all sides was more than 30-million, most of them civilians.

The war was seen by both sides as a struggle for existence. In that light, Hitler and Stalin were prepared to accept losses on any scale to achieve final victory.

Soviet Storm tells the story of this titanic clash of arms blow by blow.

Using archive film and photography, computer-generated imagery and innovative reconstructions, from the German invasion of 22 June, 1941 (Operation Barbarossa, the largest military operation in history), through to the brutal fighting outside the gates of Moscow.

In the Season 2 premiere, "The Battle of Kiev": As September ended, the Germans found the Dnieper line impossible to hold as the Soviet bridgeheads grew and important Dnieper towns started to fall.

Finally, early in November, the Soviets broke out of their bridgeheads on either side of Kiev and captured the Ukrainian capital.

Wife Swap USA 12

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

Wife Swap USA 12

Every week, in an America that often feels more divided than ever, Wife Swap takes two families from very different walks of life and switches spouses, regardless of sex, to discover there is often more that unites us than divides us.

The families face contemporary hot-button issues such as politics, classism, gender and race with the end goal of finding common ground.

During each swap, the new spouses must at first adhere to exactly the same rules and lifestyle of the spouses being replaced - including homes, child-rearing, chores, hobbies, lifestyles and careers, before introducing their own ideas and beliefs into their new households.

At the end, both couples meet face-to-face and discuss what they learned from the swap and how their new experiences will shape their lives, habits and homes in the future.

In the Season 12 premiere, "Benner vs. McMichael": A health-obsessed, perfectionist mom swaps places with a laid-back stay-at-home dad who is all about fun, and their families have an eye-opening experience in the process.

Donal MacIntyre's Murder Files 2

Channel: CBS Justice (DStv 170)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: True Crime, Docu-Drama, Documentary Series

Donal MacIntyre's Murder Files 2

Undercover reporter and criminologist Donal MacIntyre returns to present the second season of this series examining some of the most intriguing and challenging crimes of recent years, as seen through the first-hand experiences of the men and women who ensured justice was carried out.

Each episode includes an in-depth interview with the key detective who solved the case in question.

Using dramatic reconstruction, archive footage and police tapes, MacIntyre takes you through all the twists and turns, the setbacks and the dangers, to the turning point that led to the case being solved.

You will find out what it takes to solve a complex case while witnessing the profound emotional effect on those who work on them.

In the Season 2 premiere, "Parachute Murder Plot": Donal MacIntyre meets Detective Inspector Paul Franklin to discover how Wiltshire Police solved the attempted murder of Victoria Cilliers at the hands of her husband, Army Sergeant Emile Cilliers.



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