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Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 03 Jan 2020
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Temple

Channel: BBC First (DStv 119)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Drama, Medical Drama

Temple

Temple is the story of Daniel Milton, played by Mark Strong (Low Winter Sun, Deep State), a talented and successful surgeon.

Following a personal tragedy that shatters his comfortable life, Daniel partners up with a lonely yet resourceful young man named Lee to start a literal 'underground' clinic, situated in the vast labyrinthine network of tunnels and spaces beneath London.

There Daniel treats all those who cannot, or will not, seek more legitimate means of healthcare: criminals, illegal immigrants, and the just plain weird.

Of course, such a risky endeavour is not without its surprises, and Daniel and Lee are soon joined in the bunker by Anna, a guilt-ridden medical researcher; and Jamie, a young fugitive bank robber who's in way over his head.

And so, down in the bowels of the city, the good doctor must do his best to juggle this misfit team and their needs alongside those of an illegal clinic and its increasingly unpredictable clientele.

But Daniel also has another mission, one close to his heart, and as he begins to push his moral boundaries as both a doctor and a man, it becomes worryingly apparent that it may actually be him and his desperate actions that finally bring the whole thing crashing down...
 

Abomama

Channel: Mzansi Wethu (DStv 163)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Drama

Abomama

Follows the fortunes of four church women who are sucked into the criminal underworld when they are forced to turn their stokvel into a money-laundering scheme.

The series tackles the extraordinary lives of ordinary women, when a group of religious women take it upon themselves to turn tragedy into a blessing.

Troublemaker Thabang (Kgosi Mongake) is arrested for petty crimes again, but before being carted off to jail he tells his long-suffering sister Mapule (Nokuthula Ledwaba) that he has stashed R2-million away - and says he wants her to have it.

However, as it turns out he double-crossed none other than the local butcher, Bonanza (Kenneth Nkosi), who also goes by the name "The Heist King".

Seeking the advice of those she trusts, Mapule takes the news to her prayer group, who also happen to be stokvel ladies.

Soon the pastor's wife Fumane (Joyce Skefu) comes up with a plan to use the ill-gotten gains for the good of the community, using the stokvel.

Fumane is a respected and loved figure in the community, and the changes she makes using the money see her become of real service to the church and community.

She also uses her actions as a way to escape her controlling husband the pastor (Don Mlangeni Nawa), who is more concerned about his church and image than his wife.

However, money and power can corrupt, and Fumane slowly finds herself being drawn into temptations she should probably rather avoid.

The question becomes: will this archangel of Soweto stay true to what she stands for?

TVSA Show Page: Abomama
 

Maak my Famous

Channel: kykNET NOU! (DStv 146)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Reality Competition, Variety, Afrikaans

Maak my Famous

Emo Adams, Tarryn Lamb, a team of experts and viewers all have a say in making one person famous in this talent search contest.

The prize is a year-long contract with Ema and All Star Productions & Records.

The youngest entrant is an 11-year old from Midrand and the oldest is 36-year old 'Charmaine van die Plein', but each contestant has a story to tell and a voice to be heard.
 

Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane

Channel: SABC3
TX Time: 19h30
Genre: Docu-Reality, Fashion

Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane

Follows the daily life of Kimora Lee Simmons, her three children Ming Lee, Aoki and Kenzo, and the various people who work for and with Kimora.

Model, fashion mogul, mother, diva – there are lots of ways to describe the ultimate multi-tasker Kimora Lee Simmons, but one word covers every aspect of her life — fabulous.

This series presents a candid and entertaining look at the over-the-top life of Kimora.

From serving as the CEO and creative force of the global brand Baby Phat, to being a mum of two little girls, as well as hosting and attending VIP events, this series offers an exclusive and unprecedented look behind the closed doors of Kimora's fashion empire and home life.

Kimora Lee Simmons is a woman who takes charge of life and lives it to the fullest.

She made "phat" a household word through her fashion house, Baby Phat, the multi-million dollar enterprise she runs with the trademark style that inspires every aspect of her life.

She is a loving mother who juggles the demands of being a successful executive, while also raising her two young daughters, Ming and Aoki, with their father, hip-hop legend Russell Simmons.

What is the secret of her success? How does she do it all?

TVSA Show Page: Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane
 

The Americas with Simon Reeve

Channel: BBC Earth (DStv 184)
TX Time: 19h00
Genre: Travel, Documentary Series

The Americas with Simon Reeve

Author and broadcaster Simon Reeve is one of the BBC's most popular presenters and this series marks his biggest project yet.

Meeting engaging and colourful characters along the way, Simon's adventure uncovers a side to the Americas rarely seen, highlighting serious social and political issues alongside the epic landscapes and sheer fun of an endlessly fascinating part of the world.

Simon begins his most ambitious journey yet: travelling the entire length of the Americas, north to south.

In this first leg of his epic journey, Simon travels from the frozen beauty of Alaska down through Canada to Vancouver and the border with the United States.

Landing on a huge glacier in Alaska's Denali National Park, Simon witnesses firsthand the brutal impact of global climate change in the remote north of the planet – ice is receding here at an alarming rate.

Hunting caribou with Native Americans, Simon also hears both sides of the debate about President Trump's plans to open the Arctic National Wilderness Reserve to oil drilling.

Canada has a much greener reputation than its powerful neighbour, as Simon learns in the Yukon while sharing a bizarre cocktail containing a frozen human toe with an off-grid character called Caveman Bill.

But Canada has many of its own problems: in the wealthy hipster paradise of Vancouver, Simon meets the people saving lives in the midst of a brutal opioid addiction crisis that has cost so many lives across the North American continent.
 

Anne with an E 3

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

Anne with an E 3

In Season 3, Anne turns 16 and hungers to learn more about her birth parents.

A Mi'kmaq nation camp brings new ideas and friendships to Avonlea - and new tensions.

The kids enter their final year of school and prepare for college entrance exams, but the perils of first love, first kisses, and first heartbreak prove far more complicated.

As the twentieth century looms, some continue to look forward while others cling to more traditional ways, but one thing is clear – nothing will ever be the same again.
 

Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings 2

Channel: Discovery Channel (DStv 121)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Reality, Motoring, Reality Competition

Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings 2

The most thrilling and dangerous races speed into action in this turbo-charged series.

In each episode, Outlaws veteran "Chuck" serves as race master in a new city and on a new "no prep" track.

There, 32 of the biggest names in no prep racing - including Street Outlaws favourites, as well as newcomers - will duke it out to become the ultimate "no prep winner" and receive a $40,000 first place prize.

The stakes are high and the risks are even higher, as local crowds flock to each race to see which all-star driver will show up, and who will win it all.

From Memphis to Kentucky, Texas to South Carolina, the drivers must prove their skills on a range of tracks in sometimes challenging conditions.

And, as everyone gets close to the final race, the competition heats up, the cars speed up, and everyone fights as hard as they can to come out on top.

 

Shows in this post: Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, Abomama



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