New on TV today: Thursday 2 January

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 02 Jan 2020
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Beecham House

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 22h00
Genre: Drama, Period Drama

Beecham House

Set on the cusp of the 19th century in Delhi before the British ruled in that region, the drama depicts the fortunes of the residents of Beecham House, an imposing mansion surrounded by acres of exotic woods and pristine lawns.

Tom Bateman (Da Vinci's Demons) takes the role of enigmatic, soulful John Beecham, a handsome former soldier who has purchased the magnificent mansion, Beecham House, to begin a new life with his family.

Wealthy and distinguished, John has witnessed profiteering and exploitation during his time with the controlling East India Company and has resolved to conduct his business as a trader in a more equitable manner.

Determined to escape his previous life, John appears haunted by his past, but is inspired to become an honourable member of the region's trading community.

In spite of John's good intentions his life is shrouded in mystery and when he arrives at the house with a child named August and two Indian nursemaids, Chanchal and Maya, it causes speculation and gossip amongst the servants that he may be the boy's father.

One of the Indian nursemaids, the beautiful Chanchal, is overly protective and particularly fond of the child. Could she be John's lover and the mother of August?

Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey) is John's robust, interfering mother Henrietta who has travelled from England to India to stay with her son.

She is accompanied by a young family friend Violet, who she is determined to help form a union with John.

The pair are accompanied by an old friend of John's, Samuel Parker, played by Marc Warren (Hustle) who has also left the East India Company and has returned to India for a fresh start.

Samuel helps John to find his brother Daniel who he has not seen for 10 years. John convinces Daniel to leave the East India Company and join him at Beecham House.

Gregory Fitoussi (Mr Selfridge) plays General Castillon, a French mercenary working for the Emperor at a time when the French are challenging the East India Company for India.

Castillon is suspicious of John and his motives and conspires to stop John being granted a trading licence. Adil Ray (Citizen Khan) is John's neighbour Murad Beg who dislikes General Castillon intensely and agrees to help John secure a trading licence.

Murad's daughter, Roshanara, has an English governess Margaret Osborne, whose beauty and intelligence catches John's attention.

However, when beautiful Chandrika arrives at Beecham House with her entourage she is shown to luxurious guest quarters and immediately insists on seeing August.

What secrets does Chandrika bring with her to Beecham House?

Finally, Laura Dutta plays Begum Samru, a real woman who existed in 18th century India and was the head of a professional trained mercenary army.

Being Bonang

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

Being Bonang

Follows Bonang Matheba in her day to day business, family and personal interactions.

She is featured in the series alongside manager Jay Badza, with snippets of her romance with AKA, her very close bond with her mother, the interwoven and often exhilarating relationship with her cousin Tebogo "Pinky Girl" Mekgwe, and good times with her friend Lorna Maseko.

The production also highlight how Bonang has transcended beyond her 'it girl' status with a successful radio show, highly exposed public persona and thriving MC career.

The series finds her juggling business success with family, romance and all out stardom and claims to show "Bonang the daughter, the entrepreneur, the lover and the confidante".

TVSA Show Page: Being Bonang

DIY SOS: The Big Build 30

Channel: BBC Lifestyle (DStv 174)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality Makeover, Home Improvement

DIY SOS: The Big Build 30

Nick Knowles and his DIY SOS team travel the country, bringing communities together and transforming people's lives by giving them the homes they need.

In Torquay, the DIY SOS team and local kind volunteers step up to help single dad Stuart, who has suffered with progressive multiple sclerosis since his 15-year-old daughter Lauren was born.

Stuart - who is 6' 7" tall – lives and sleeps in a chair in the living room. His primary carer is his mum, Grandma Lin, who is completely blind – and has been since her 20s.

Amazingly, Lin has been walking across town from her rented flat to Stuart's house, seven days a week, to cover all his personal care – without even a guide dog.

Lin is beyond unique: blind, independent, charming and inspiring - an incredible carer to Stuart, and a much-needed mum to Lauren.

The build consists of bespoke care facilities for Stuart: a bedroom, physio space, a wet room, a living space, and the ability to access the entire ground floor and garden.

Grandma Lin will need a specially adapted extra bedroom for blind-assisted living, and the dilapidated kitchen and bathroom need a complete renovation and redesign for the family's needs – to bring them together at mealtimes where they can bond over Lauren's dream of cooking together.

Until now the family have physically and emotionally living apart, and that's where DIY SOS and our volunteers can come to the rescue.

Sex, Explained

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00
Genre: Documentary, Factual

Sex, Explained

Singer-actress Janelle Monáe lends her easygoing, empathetic voice to this fresh look at the facts of life.

From the biology of attraction to the history of birth control, explore the ins and outs of sex in this entertaining and enlightening series.

Botched by Nature

Channel: eReality (Openview 108)
TX Time: 19h55
Genre: Reality

Botched by Nature

They have fixed the unfixable and thought they'd seen it all, but Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif travel across the USA to change the lives of those who have been botched by genetics or traumatic incidents.

The series follows the doctors' nation-wide pursuit as they seek to transform the lives of patients willing to share their powerful stories with the world, all while learning things they never thought they'd know about one another and deepening their bromance.

In the series premiere, the doctors take a gamble in Sin City, helping a young woman whose autoimmune disease may have triggered her deformed breasts.

The doctors also head to Central California to aid a twin born with facial abnormalities whose brother was born without complications.

The show features new courageous patient stories, check ins with some past Botched fan favourites and hilarious moments from the road as the doctors travel together and attempt to do as the locals do in some of the cities along the way.

The World's Deadliest Weather 3

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 20h30
Genre: Reality, Nature

The World's Deadliest Weather 3

From earth-shattering quakes to violently erupting volcanoes, witness disasters first-hand using people's self-shot footage.

As well as this, we hear from the individuals who experienced these unforgettable events as they tell their stories about going face to face with Mother Nature at her most ferocious.

Nature is a tempestuous beast, capable of destruction on a level so devastating it has claimed the lives of millions... and in recent years, these extreme weather events have become more and more common.

Using incredible archive and astonishing user-generated footage of some of the most extraordinary weather the planet has ever seen, we relive these weather spectacles in astonishing minute by minute detail, revealing very personal stories of people who have captured the entire event on camera, and lived to tell the tale.

Reis na Gister 6

Channel: kykNET (DStv 144)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Lifestyle, Afrikaans

Reis na Gister 6

The sixth season of Reis na Gister is back with Jak de Priester getting to know some of South-Africa's biggest Afrikaans stars better.

From the house they grew up in to the classrooms they sat in, the series looks at celebrities' paths to success.

In January, Jak pays a visit to Frank Opperman, Pietman Geldenhuys, Brümilda van Rensburg and Jo Black.

You can also look forward to episodes with Rian van Heerden, Leah, Refentse and Binnelanders star Clint Brink.


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