New on TV today: Friday 17 January

Written by Shows Editor from the blog New Shows and Seasons on 17 Jan 2020
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The UnXplained

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 21h10
Genre: Documentary Series

The UnXplained

A non-fiction series that explores the world's most fascinating, strange and inexplicable mysteries.

Hosted and executive produced by William Shatner, each episode features contributions from scientists, historians, witnesses and experiencers, each seeking to shed light on how the seemingly impossible can happen.

From mysterious structures like Florida's Coral Castle and so-called 'evil' places like the cursed 'White City' of Honduras to strange creatures and bizarre rituals, The UnXplained explores subjects that have mystified mankind for centuries.

Sex Education 2

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

Sex Education 2

Sex Education is about Otis Milburn, a socially awkward high school student who lives with his sex therapist mother, Jean.

In Season 1, Otis and his friend Maeve Wiley set up a sex clinic at school to capitalise on his intuitive talent for sex advice.

In Season 2, as a late bloomer Otis must master his newly-discovered sexual urges in order to progress with his girlfriend Ola, whilst also dealing with his now-strained relationship with Maeve.

Meanwhile, Moordale Secondary is in the throes of a Chlamydia outbreak, highlighting the need for better sex education at the school and new kids come to town who will challenge the status quo.

Maeve and Aimee's BFF relationship is stronger than ever since Aimee ditched 'the Untouchables'.

Eric notices his new-found self-confidence attracting unfamiliar kinds of attention.

Adam is at military school, still conflicted by his feelings for Eric.

Lily has hit pause on her sexual endeavours to focus on her creative talents and finds a new friend in Ola.

Jackson is forced to flex his mental rather than physical muscle and is still buckling under the pressure from his parents to succeed.

Jean and Jakob's relationship is discovered and they have to learn how to operate as a blended family.

Jean forms an unlikely connection with Mrs Groff and a friendship between the two women begins to form.

This Is Us 4

Channel: M-Net (DStv 101)
TX Time: 21h00
Genre: Comedy-Drama

This Is Us 4

Sometimes life will surprise you. This series follows a unique ensemble whose paths cross and their life stories intertwine in curious ways.

We find several of them share the same birthday, and so much more than anyone would expect, which will challenge your everyday presumptions about the people you think you know.

In the Season 4 premiere, "Strangers": Jack meets Rebecca's parents and new characters are introduced.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine 6

Channel: Vuzu (DStv 116)
TX Time: 18h30
Genre: Comedy

Brooklyn Nine-Nine 6

Follows an immature New York City Police Department detective and his relationship with his strict new, no-nonsense captain, who tells him that he must grow up and "respect the badge".

In the Season 6 premiere, "Honeymoon": Jake and Amy go on their honeymoon and Captain Holt finds out whether he is the new commissioner of the NYPD.

In the second episode, "Hitchcock & Scully": Jake and Charles investigate a case of Hitchcock and Scully from the 1980s.

Meanwhile, Amy's uniformed officers and Terry's detectives fight over limited resources.

TVSA Show Page: Brooklyn Nine-Nine 6

In Search of... 2

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 19h20
Genre: Documentary Series, Science

In Search of... 2

Hosted and executive produced by Zachary Quinto and inspired by the iconic 1970s franchise, the series examines unexplained phenomena from all over the world.

This new season will reinvent the mystery anthology approach for a new generation, taking on a topic and extending it for as long as the mystery sustains.

Such topics include sea mysteries like The Loch Ness Monster, The Lost Colony of Roanoke Rather and The Bermuda Triangle.

No stone is left unturned as each episode airs as a series of specials with each topic revealing arresting new evidence.

In the Season 2 premiere, "The Loch Ness Monster, Part 1": The Loch Ness Monster may be the world's most famous unidentified species. Is it simply a legend, or could it be much more?

To find out, the show compares decades of encounters across Europe, and uses modern science to create a brand new profile of the beast.

Then we'll enter the depths of the loch for a potential history-making encounter.

My 600-lb Life 8

Channel: TLC Entertainment (DStv 135)
TX Time: 20h00
Genre: Docu-Reality

My 600-lb Life 8

Losing weight is a struggle for many, but for some, it's a matter of life or death.

This series follows the lives of people weighing over 600 pounds (270kg) as they embark on an incredible weight-loss journey to try and turn their lives around forever.

Each episode follows the story a different individual as they undergo a dangerous gastric bypass surgery and life-altering dietary changes with hopes of losing hundreds of pounds.

It's a huge undertaking as they each deal with addiction, dependence and helplessness, in the hope of finally achieving victory, pride and freedom from the prison that is their bodies.

In the Season 8 premiere, estranged brothers John and Lonnie are complete opposites. Now, they're united by their need  to lose weight while they still can, and save their relationship.

Hip-Hop Evolution 4

Channel: Netflix South Africa
TX Time: 10h00 (all episodes)
Genre: Music, Documentary Series

Hip-Hop Evolution 4

Influential MCs, DJs and moguls trace hip-hop's growth from the basements of the Bronx to the top of the charts in this documentary series.

The Curse of Oak Island 7

Channel: HISTORY (DStv 186)
TX Time: 20h15
Genre: Reality

The Curse of Oak Island 7

Documents brothers Rick and Marty Lagina as they pursue their lifelong dream of solving the 223-year Oak Island mystery.

For over two centuries, teams of searchers - including Franklin D. Roosevelt - have attempted to crack the code that will unearth the treasure believed to be buried on the small island off the coast of Nova Scotia.

Armed with the knowledge of those that came before them, the muscle of heavy machinery and decades of engineering know-how, the Laginas and their partners may be closer than anyone in history to finding the treasure that has so far claimed the lives of six men.

Rick, Marty and the Oak Island team are back for the biggest season yet bringing with them more determination, resources and technology than ever in their quest to solve the 224-year old treasure mystery.

After seismic testing conducted at the end of last season revealed a possible sunken ship buried in the triangle-shaped swamp, the team will use sonic core drilling, strategic dives and finally a historic big dig to find out what could be buried below.

Now fully partnered with fellow land owner, Tom Nolan, the son of the late, Fred Nolan, Rick, Marty and Craig Tester will have unprecedented access to areas of the island that they hope will yield answers and treasure.


Actors in this post: William Shatner, Zachary Quinto

Shows in this post: Brooklyn Nine-Nine


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