New on TV today: Tuesday 31 December

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 31 Dec 2019
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Royal Variety Performance 2019

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Variety, Special

Royal Variety Performance 2019

Comedians Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan host this year's Royal Variety Performance, marking the first time in over 30 years two comedians have hosted together.

As is tradition, the world's longest-running entertainment show will be held in the presence of members of the Royal Family.

The event comes from the iconic London Palladium, which is hosting for the 43rd time.

The show promises to be an unforgettable evening of the best UK and international musical performers, extraordinary theatre and brilliant comedy as well as a number of surprises along the away.

Stars lined up to appear include British superstar Robbie Williams who will be duetting with jazz singer, songwriter Jamie Cullum, in exclusive collaborations from his new album The Christmas Present.

Soon to make its much-anticipated return to the West End, Mary Poppins, the world's favourite Nanny, makes a 'supercalifragilistic' return to the Royal Variety Performance.

Joining Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins and Charlie Stemp as Bert will be Petula Clark, who will feed the birds, heading a show-stopping performance from the cast of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's multi-award-winning musical Mary Poppins.

Also, making his Royal Variety debut, a special performance from award-winning US composer and entertainer Harry Connick, Jr.

Following classical cellist Sheku Kanneh Mason's performance on last year's show, the musician returns to the RVP stage with his six siblings for a special moment.

The seven-piece classical outfit from Nottingham - ranging in age from 10 to 23 - were once described by Simon Cowell as 'the most talented family in the world...'

Also confirmed on the bill are Zurcaroh, an Austrian acrobatic dance troupe - since becoming Tyra Banks' Golden Buzzer Act on America's Got Talent 2018, have performed all over the world and will now be bringing their act to a UK audience.

Also taking to the stage is the oldest ever winner of Britain's Got Talent, Colin Thackery, a unique collaboration from Emeli Sandé and Manchester's Bee Vocal choir, formed to inspire those experiencing mental health difficulties.

There's more music from two of 2019's hottest talents - Lewis Capaldi and Mabel - who will each perform their singles; Hollywood star Luke Evans; comedy act Flo & Joan; and a performance from the musical Come From Away.

Rounding off this evening of entertainment is an exclusive extract from Cirque Du Soleil's Luzia as well as comedy from the cast of hit West End show Groan Ups, plus comedians Kerry Godliman and Frank Skinner.

MVP Top 50

Channel: MTV Base (DStv 322)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Music, Special, Countdown Show

MVP Top 50

It's almost time to bid farewell to 2019 and what better way than to showcase the Top 50 music videos that rocked 2019?

MVP Top 50 is a four-hour block that will end at midnight, just before we cross over to the New Year.

The Degenerates 2

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

The Degenerates 2

Six stand-ups explore the coarse and salacious side of comedy in this series of half-hour specials. For mature audiences.

A series of no-holds-barred comedy from the likes of rising comics like Big Jay Oakerson, Joey Diaz, Liza Treyger, Yamaneika Saunders, Christina P. and Brad Williams.

Blindspot 4

Channel: M-Net City (DStv 115)
TX Time: 18h20
Genre: Drama, Thriller

Blindspot 4

On a mission in Tokyo, the team retrieves one of Roman's data caches revealed by the necklace he gave to Jane before dying.

The data reveals that the ZIP poisoning in Jane's body is slowly killing her, and some symptoms start showing up as she hallucinates about Roman, whose "vision" encourages her to take down the FBI.

Jane contacts with former Sandstorm operative Dolan Osmond and devises a plan to trigger a tattoo case that leads the team on the hunt for a criminal bank.

Man vs Bear

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Wildlife, Nature, Reality

Man vs Bear

In the wild, one animal eclipses humans as a top predator: the mighty bear.

Now, humans will enter the grizzly's own turf in Bear Mountain, Utah, to take on these powerful beasts in a competition unlike any other.

In each episode, America's most accomplished and elite athletes will go head to head in a set of challenges that test the limits of human strength, speed, agility and stamina - all against the primal instinct and power of bears.

Who will win the ultimate battle for land supremacy and prove their superhuman courage and muscle in this competition of man vs bear?


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